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The truth about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's £11m property purchase

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex live in Montecito

Rachel Avery

The updated version of the royal biography Finding Freedom has given us even more insight into the private lives of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, including a surprising fact about their £11m property purchase in California.

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Despite being the Queen's grandson, Prince Harry, along with his wife Meghan has taken out a mortgage on their palatial nine-bedroom home – just like a 'normal' couple would.

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The new epilogue in the book, written by royal journalists Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand reads: "As they settled into the nine-bedroom, 7.4-acres, 18,671-square-foot property (which, like nearly all average couples, they took a mortgage out on), Harry and Meghan enjoyed the lush grounds with Archie, who was now running around with boundless energy and making the most of the private playground at his disposal."

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The updated version also reveals why the couple decided upon this particular area to become home. It is believed to be the "perfect place to raise a family, specifically Montecito, where houses sat within double-gated communities for maximum privacy yet were close enough to the amenities of civilisation when needed".

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As well as the epic playground for little Archie and Lilibet including several slides, climbing frames and tunnels, the rest of the Sussex's estate is just as fabulous.

The couple have their own private spa, with a separate dry and wet sauna and outside there is a huge pool with outside kitchen.

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The royal couple have a jaw-dropping home

We've seen some of the gorgeous interiors thanks to various virtual appearances throughout the pandemic, and one of the most recent glimpses was from Meghan's home office during her birthday announcement which was every bit as chic as we imagined.

It has a large farmhouse desk in the centre, a stylish neutral colour scheme and so many luxurious touches.

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