Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's home overtaken by foul smell as the couple remain silent on Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

Meghan and Harry's failure to congratulate the Queen on her Platinum Jubilee may have something to do with their ongoing house issues

Meghan and Harry's home overtaken by foul smell during Queen's Platinum Jubilee
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have yet to publicly congratulate the Queen on her Platinum Jubileebut it looks like they could be a bit distracted right now. 


Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's home in California has reportedly been 'engulfed' by a foul smell that's left their wealthy neighbours 'opening their windows' in disgust, according to a local resident. 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex moved into a $14 million Santa Barbara mansion with their son Archie in March 2020, two months after they announced that they would be withdrawing as senior members of the Royal Family. The luxurious nine-bedroom property is nestled in the idyllic community of Montecito, just a stone's throw from the homes of A-list celebrities like Oprah Winfrey and Ellen DeGeneres, and promises a welcome retreat from the glare of the paparazzi. 

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Entrance to Harry and Meghan's gated estate in Montecito 

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Unfortunately, the royal couple has also been forced to endure some pesky nuisances since relocating to the seaside neighbourhood. 

It's understood that the stench of the nearby Andrée Clark Bird Refuge has polluted the fresh Pacific Ocean air, resulting in an unpleasant odor that permeates the surrounding area. 

"It smells like offal that has been rotting in the sun.  It makes my stomach churn," one local told the Mirror. “I’ve seen lots of homeowners closing their windows when it wafts over.” 

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Montecito, Harry and Meghan's affluent neighbourhood 

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The 'rotten eggs' smell at the 42-acre saltwater marsh, which is home to over 200 bird species, can be blamed on its periodical 'algal blooms'. This overgrowth of algae creates hydrogen sulfide, a colorless gas known for its revolting stench. In worst case scenarios, exposure to the chemical can irritate the eyes and respiratory system. It can also cause insomnia, irritability, fatigue, headache, dizziness, convulsions and even coma.

DUBBO, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 17: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit a local farming family, the Woodleys, on October 17, 2018 in Dubbo, Australia. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are on their official 16-day Autumn tour visiting cities in Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand. (Photo by Chris Jackson - Pool/Getty Images)

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With such a serious health hazard lurking next to their home, it's no wonder that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are reportedly planning to relocate. 

Don't get your hopes up though—a UK repatriation is unlikely on the cards. The Sussex family is rumored to be looking at properties in the Montecito area, likely so they don't have to uproot Archie from his local preschool. 

“They want to stay in the neighborhood or nearby, but they aren’t over the moon about the house or the location,” a source told the Daily Mail. 

The news of the couple's odor debacle has coincided with a very special occasion for their British relatives. 

The Queen marked Platinum Jubilee with a tea party at Sandringham House on Saturday, in what was the first celebration of her 70-year-long reign on the throne. 

Queen Elizabeth II cuts a cake to celebrate the start of the Platinum Jubilee

Queen cuts a cake in celebration of the start of the Platinum Jubilee 2022 

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have not yet issued a statement on the momentous milestone nor confirmed if they'll be returning to the UK for the Jubilee's extended Bank Holiday weekend this June. 

Despite the alleged conflict between Harry and his father and brother, it's understood that the Queen is eager to  reunite with the Sussexes over the summer. Her Majesty has still not met Lilibet, the couple's baby daughter, due to Covid-19 travel rules and Meghan's postpartum condition restricting the couple from flying overseas. 

Emma is a news writer for woman&home and My Imperfect Life. She covers the Royal Family and the entertainment world, as well as the occasional health or lifestyle story. When she's not reporting on the British monarchy and A-list celebs, you can find her whipping up vegan treats and running the roads to cheesy '90s pop music...but not at the same time, obviously.