Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan want to sell their villa in Montecito, Santa Barbara County, California. As reported by the “Bunte” magazine, the couple plans to leave the $ 14 million area and look for something new.

According to the report, a real estate agent is currently offering the luxury property with nine bedrooms, 16 bathrooms, a pool and a tennis court to selected interested parties. But it is questionable whether a buyer will be found quickly. Because before the Sussexes became owners of the house, the villa could not find a buyer for years – despite the hotly contested housing market in California. According to the report, the price fell by a good half during this time.

Harry and Meghan fear for their credibility

And there is a good reason for that: The property is located in the middle of a high-risk zone for large fires and mudslides. In addition, brown bears are regularly out and about in this part of the city, which can be a danger for the children Archie and Lilibet Diana. Because Meghan and Harry’s property is in a so-called gated community, it was not additionally secured by a fence, according to the report. Accordingly, the animals can enter the seven hectare garden unhindered. For the royal dropouts, that’s reason enough to say goodbye to their home after 18 months.

However, another factor apparently contributes to the decision. The enormous maintenance costs of the property would damage the credibility of the couple, who are committed to sustainability and environmental protection through their Archewell Foundation. On the one hand, the main house on the property has barely adequate insulation and, on the other hand, has energy-intensive air conditioning and underfloor heating that is not very environmentally friendly. The seven hectare garden of the Sussexes is also generously planted – with huge lawns, rose gardens, cypresses, lavender and olive trees. But such a dream garden is not possible without regular watering. The water consumption and waste of energy are no longer justifiable for the two of them.

So now the Sussexes are looking for a new home for their small family. According to “The Mirror”, however, they want to stay in the area despite everything. Allegedly, Meghan and Harry are drawn to their friend Oprah Winfrey. Although she also lives in Montecito, the living conditions in her neighborhood are much better.

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