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Meghan Markle’s neighbors in Southern California are said to have given her an unofficial title because of her glamorous lifestyle: the “Princess of Montecito”.

“There’s a lot more going on in Meghan’s world than people realize, she keeps it very private these days, but her royal status gives her a lot of clout,” a source told British magazine Closer. “She spends most of her time in Montecito, but she travels to Los Angeles every week or so.”

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After stepping down as senior royals, Meghan and her husband Prince Harry moved to a nine-bedroom mansion in Montecito, an upscale Santa Barbara neighborhood, in 2020. Their neighbors include Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres , Serena Williams, James Corden and Orlando Bloom and Katy Perry. Since moving to the city outside of Los Angeles, the couple often hangs out at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club, hikes in the hills or dines at upscale restaurants.

“If she’s going to Beverly Hills or West Hollywood for lunch or dinner, she’ll usually call ahead and ask for a completely secluded table,” the source said. “Some of her favorite places were off the beaten path and not well-known, like gourmet sushi restaurants downtown or authentic Mexican spots in the area where she grew up.”

“But generally speaking these days she likes high-end hangouts like Cecconi’s, Sunset Tower, Sugarfish or Lucky’s steakhouse in Montecito, which was recommended to them by Oprah. It’s become their favorite and they are eagerly awaited.” the source continued. “They’re big Nobu fans too – the bills can often run up to $5,000, but Meghan and her friends are happy to pay.”


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Over the years, reports have indicated that the former “Suits” actress is aiming for a political career. In the meantime, the mum of Archie, 3, and Lilibet, 1, is working on her podcast, Archetypes, which will stream on Spotify. Yet she makes time to go to school.

“She’s been spending quite a bit of time at Oprah’s lavish home, where they’ll relax with her closest friend, Gayle King, and talk about everything from Meghan’s future plans to what’s going on in the UK and the way Harry copes with everything,” the source said. “Despite her former acting career, she doesn’t go to the movies much, but they’ve been known to watch private Oprah screenings, and other influential Los Angeles actors have hosted them for dinner parties and spiritual gatherings.”


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Harry, meanwhile, is happy to support his wife’s ambitions.

“He gets up at dawn to feed, bathe and dress the children. Meghan is often very busy with Zoom business calls or traveling to Los Angeles for meetings, which Harry often drives her to. Then he comes back to the kids as soon as as possible because he doesn’t like leaving them with nannies,” the source said. “With all this speculation around her political career ambitions, everyone thinks Harry would be happy with the idea of ​​being First Gentleman if she achieves her long-term goal. That said, he might be okay with the moment – but you have to wonder how much longer.”

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