A month after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle voiced safety concerns in their bombshell interview with Oprah, new reporting indicates that the couple have had the police called to their California home at least nine times in under a year.
The couple explained to Oprah that the royal family had revoked their official security detail. Following that move, officers with the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office have responded to a number of phone requests, alarm activations, and reports of property crimes.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Moved Into Their Montecito Home Last Summer, and In Short Order, Have Had to Call the Authorities To It Numerous Times.
Data obtained by the PA Media news agency revealed police were called to the couple’s Montecito mansion four times in July 2020, the same month Meghan and Harry moved in.
Three of those calls can be attributed to “alarm requests” while one was a phoned request to authorities. In August, police were called for a “miscellaneous priority incident.” In November, another alarm activation drew police to the home once more.
The following month, on Christmas Eve, police responded to a call with reports of a trespasser at Meghan and Harry’s home. Just one day after the incident, police returned to the home after the same trespasser snuck onto the property again!
That man, 37-year-old Nickolas Brooks, was arrested and charged with one count of trespassing, The Sun reported at the time. Most recently, police responded to an alarm activation call just after 2 AM on February 16.
In a lengthy interview for CBS, Harry told Oprah he received “short notice” that his royal security detail would be pulled while the couple was living in Vancouver, Canada.
“Their justification was a change in status,” Vanity Fair reported Harry as saying. He was referencing his and Meghan’s decision to step down as senior working members of the royal family, a change he claimed was, then, still being finalized. “To which I pushed back and said, ‘is there a change in threat or risk?’”
According to Vanity Fair, the royal family stopped providing security for Harry and Meghan in March 2020, a move Harry told Oprah shocked him. “I was born into this position,” he said. “I inherited the risk. So that was a shock to me.”
In the interview, Duke and Duchess of Sussex described having temporary security in Los Angeles after Tyler Perry offered them a place to stay. “We needed a house and he offered his security as well, so it gave us breathing room to try to figure out what we were going to do.”
This past July, Meghan and Harry moved into their Montecito home, Vogue reported. The nine-bedroom 18,671-square-foot estate contains seven acres of land and has a pool, chicken coop, tennis court, and guest house. To help protect their home and their 23-month-old son Archie the couple, who are currently expecting their second child, have reportedly arranged for privately funded security, MSN reported.
Viewers of the Oprah interview caught a glimpse of the chicken coop and grounds as the couple invited the journalist to spend time with them there. While we are saddened to hear that the Duke and Duchess have indeed experienced multiple security risks, we are hopeful that the new private security that have secured will keep this growing family safe.
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