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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Montecito estate is basis for eye-opening book

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Rachel Avery
Homes Editor
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Much has been written about the breathtaking home of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the French-style mansion set in the exclusive enclave Montecito, but did you know that the area provided the backdrop for an eye-opening novel?

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Riven Rock is a 1998 novel by American author T. Coraghessan Boyle and the fictional story is set within the Riven Rock estate which now forms the home of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex today.

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The author takes the estate's real-life founder Stanley McCormick, and has his own imaginary take on his life's events which included struggling with mental health issues and being confined to the estate.

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The Sussexes live in an exclusive gated community 

Stanley's main residence was demolished and made into smaller holdings, one of which is now Prince Harry and Meghan's home, Chateau of Riven Rock.

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PHOTOS: Inside Prince Harry and Meghan's ultra-stylish £11million Montecito home

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In June the couple will celebrate two years in their stunning house

By 2020, when the Duke and Duchess came to buy the property, it was owned by a Russian man named Sergey Grishin.

It is believed that the royal couple do not own the home outright and that they took out a mortgage in order to secure the vast £11.2million mansion.

The deal bagged the couple the 18,000 square foot property set upon five acres of stunning land. Inside the house, there are nine bedrooms and 16 bathrooms for the family to enjoy. Reports also say that there is a separate guest house with two bedrooms and two bathrooms.

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Meghan has an impressive home office inside the property

Their celebrity neighbours include the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Tom Cruise and Ellen DeGeneres. Prince Harry and Meghan's property is situated on a private road with a lengthy driveway and large security gates.

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Since they moved in almost two years ago royal fans have been treated to glimpses of the interiors including Meghan's private office with designer accessories and a huge desk and their immaculately styled lounge in stylish beige hues. Dreamy!

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