Why Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are 'eyeing up a major move' - despite buying LA home just 2 years ago

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are reportedly looking to relocate to a more exclusive area of Santa Barbara.

Prince Harry and actress Meghan Markle during an official photocall to announce their engagement at The Sunken Gardens at Kensington Palace on November 27, 2017 in London, England.
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been tipped for a major house move, with reports hinting that the pair want to relocate to a more private community.


Following their brief return to the UK, Prince Harry and Meghan are said to be eyeing up a new home (opens in new tab), in a more private location - after two years of living in their Montecito pad.

Since stepping down as senior royals (opens in new tab), the couple have been living in a $14 million mansion in Montecito, Santa Barbara, where they have been raising their two children Archie and Lilibet. The home, which has been the backdrop of a number of video appearances (opens in new tab) features nine bedrooms and 18,000 acres of land - some of which is dedicated to keeping Archie's chickens (opens in new tab).

Now, however, Harry and Meghan could be set to relocate to ‘Hope Ranch’, a more private, coastal suburb in Montecito. Citing a News-Press, the Daily Mail (opens in new tab) reports that their current home, ‘does not properly accommodate them.’ 

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According to the Santa Barbara News-Press (opens in new tab), homes in Hope Ranch can go for up to $22 million, with the community boasting facilities like gold courses and riding trails.

There are a number of factors that could be contributing to the family’s potential move. Meghan herself revealed in her interview with The Cut, that they weren’t feeling quite at home in their mansion, as it was ‘startingly big.’

The area of Montecito has also become a target for crime, with the Duke and Duchess themselves experiencing two intruders on their property this year. The second of which occurred just hours before the couple arrived back from their trip to the UK, for the Queen’s platinum Jubilee (opens in new tab).

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex departing St. Paul's Cathedral after the Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee 2022

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The Sun (opens in new tab) has reported that the Montecito Association has told residents that license-plates recognition cameras were being installed “in response to the high-value property crime we've experienced recently.” 

The crimes are said to be being perpetrated by, ‘sophisticated out-of-the-area theft gangs.’