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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's new struggle with neighbours at $14m Montecito mansion

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex live in Montecito, California

Nichola Murphy
Deputy Lifestyle Editor
Updated: May 30, 2024
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle purchased a home in one of the most exclusive areas of California, but they couldn't have foreseen the hidden problems that would hit them years later.

The couple live in a sprawling $14.5 million mansion in Montecito with their two children Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet. While the interior features seven bedrooms, thirteen and a half bathrooms, a home office and a gym, decked out in a blend of minimalistic, Scandi and classic Mediterranean accents, the exterior is perhaps even more impressive with a chicken coop, a swimming pool and a playhouse for their kids

But they may only be able to enjoy the latter features by navigating a displeasing aroma wafting over from a neighbouring farm. The downfall of being in a private area surrounded by countryside is that you don't know exactly what will be on those farms. In the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's case, they live a mere 10 minutes from a cannabis farm, according to the Daily Mail.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's mansion in California© Netflix
The couple reportedly live near a cannabis farm

Cannabis is legal in 38 states for medical use and 24 states for recreational use, and California falls into the latter category. That means their neighbours can grow the plants on an "industrial scale" which, although profitable, can cause an overwhelmingly powerful smell.

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Harry lives in Montecito with Meghan and their children, Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet

Harry and Meghan will not be the only ones who may be affected by the stench; their Santa Barbara neighbours include Oprah Winfrey, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom.

Harry and Meghan's home

Archie in Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's garden at their Montecito home© Netflix
Their garden features a swimming pool, a play house and more

The Sussexes bought the property known as the Chateau of Riven Rock for $14.6 million (£11.93 million) in July 2020, but according to The Sun, the value has more than doubled to an estimated $30 million, as of 2022.

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Prince Harry and Archie enjoyed football with Doria Ragland in their garden

During that time, they have shared several glimpses inside their sprawling 7-acre grounds, especially in their Netflix docuseries Harry & Meghan. It included a snapshot of doting dad Harry playing football with little Archie on his shoulders and Meghan's mother Doria Ragland.

Prince Harry and Meghan's garden has a hill which is perfect for water fun© Netflix
Harry and Meghan's garden has a hill which is perfect for summer water fun

He also got stuck into summer fun with his kids, setting up a slip-n-slide on the sloping hill in their garden - perfect for cooling off when they don't feel like a dip in the pool.

For more relaxing ways to soak up the outdoor space, Harry and Meghan can sit on the terrace on the romantic outdoor bench with a blue and white striped cushion surrounded by manicured bushes.

Harry's candid confessions

Prince Harry has previously admitted to experimenting with drugs, even smoking weed after his first date with Meghan in 2016.

After enjoying drinks with the American actress at Soho House 76 Dean Street, Meghan left because she had dinner plans and Harry visited a friend who lived off the King's Road in Chelsea.

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Harry admitted he smoked weed after his first date with Meghan in 2016

In his book Spare, he admitted: "He took one look at my face and said: 'What's happened?' I didn't want to tell him. I kept thinking: Do not tell him. Do not tell him. Do not tell him. I told him. I recounted the entire date, then pleaded: '[Expletive] mate, what am I going to do?' 

"Out came the tequila. Out came the weed. We drank and smoked and watched… [Disney film] Inside Out."

The Duke also said that he had enjoyed the occasional dabble with cannabis after the pair moved into Tyler Perry's LA home during the coronavirus lockdown in 2020. "Late at night with everyone asleep, I'd walk the house, checking the doors and windows. Then I'd sit on the balcony or the edge of the garden and roll a joint," he wrote.

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The couple briefly stayed at Tyler Perry's house during the coronavirus pandemic

Despite his recreational use in the past, we can't imagine Harry would be a fan of the smell caused by the production of cannabis nearby if it reached his tranquil property.

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