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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle keep children safe with stringent security at private mansion – details

The Sussexes live in Montecito

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Rachel Avery
Rachel AveryHomes Editor
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have resided in Montecito since 2020, and despite not being eligible for official royal security anymore, the late Queen's grandson still utilises an array of features to keep his house and family safe.

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The Sussexes reside at their impressive mansion with their young children, Archie and Lilibet, and keeping them protected is of utmost importance. Meghan's interview with The Cut revealed they have an in-person security team.

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Journalist Allison P. Davies accompanied the Duchess on the school run, and it was divulged that the family have extra security on hand.

"At a stoplight, she reaches into the trunk and produces a brand-new black backpack and hands it to her security detail to give to an unhoused man on the corner," the writer said.

This indicates the level of protection that Archie has to and from school and also at the perimeter of their grand mansion in Montecito.

The Chateau of Riven Rock, where they live, is located on a private road. This will eliminate the amount of people that have access to the road in the first place. Their celebrity neighbours include the likes of Oprah Winfrey and Ellen DeGeneres.

It is also reported that their family residence benefits from a very long driveway. A commonplace feature in many royal and A-list homes, this distances the main entrance from the building itself, providing an element of privacy and heightened security to the family.

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Prince Harry's home has an array of security defences / Image: Giggster

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The most prominent feature has to be the multiple security gates which separate the road and the property which visitors must go through before they are granted access.

Forbes has reported that the Sussexes annual security bill could reach an eye-watering $3million.

While staying at Tyler Perry's property, ahead of finding their own permanent base stateside, the couple had to erect extra fences around the vicinity for further privacy from paparazzi.

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Prince Charles has a panic room at his country estate 

Prince Harry's family also take security very seriously, and his father King Charles famously has a panic room at his countryside home, Highgrove House.

Brian Hoey, author of Not In Front Of The Corgis, confirmed in his book that the panic room holds "containers of Charles and Camilla's blood group, long-lasting food and drinks, an armoury, radio transmitters equipped to obtain a signal even within its steel walls, air purifiers and chemical lavatories".

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