'Didn't feel good': Meghan looked at £12M mansion when she and Harry 'didn't have jobs'

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The Duchess of Sussex sat down for a new, jaw-dropping interview in which she discusses a range of issues, from her past hurt as a working royal to her new life in California. The lengthy chat took place for the most part at Meghan and Prince Harry’s mansion in the star-studded neighbourhood of Montecito, in Santa Barbara.

The home itself became a topic of conversation as Meghan recalled her family’s first few months Stateside after they relinquished their roles as full-time working members of the Firm in the spring of 2020.

Speaking to New York magazine The Cut, the Duchess explained how finding a new home was not easy, not only because neither Meghan nor Harry had jobs.

She said: “We were looking in this area and this house kept popping up online in searches.”

At first, she said, they resisted booking a viewing.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry moved into their home in Montecito in the summer of 2020 (Image: GETTY)

Meghan Markle on the front cover of The Cut

Meghan Markle on the front cover of The Cut magazine (Image: CAMPBELL ADDY FOR THE CUT)

She continued: “We didn’t have jobs, so we just were not going to come and see this house.

“It wasn’t possible. It’s like when I was younger and you’re window shopping — it’s like, I don’t want to go and look at all the things that I can’t afford. That doesn’t feel good.”

Meghan and Harry, who between September and December 2020 announced two multi-year deals, eventually chose to visit the residence, described in the article by journalist Allison P. Davies as “the home equivalent of billionaires dressing down in denim”.

Meghan said her family fell in love with the house even before viewing its interiors.

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Meghan Markle and Harry on a stage

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry signed multi-year deals with Spotify and Netflix in 2020 (Image: GETTY)

Harry, she recalled, pointed during the viewing at two palm trees connected at the bottom, saying: “My love, it’s us.”

Speaking about making the decision to get the property, Meghan added: “We did everything we could to get this house.”

The mansion, which includes nine bedrooms, 16 bathrooms, a pool and a chicken coop, cost the Sussexes $14.65million (£12.49m), the article stated.

The Duke and Duchess bowed out of the Firm as its working members at the end of March 2020.


Meghan Markle waving in a white outfit

Meghan Markle gave an interview to a New York magazine (Image: GETTY)

Meghan Markle speaking in a microphone

Meghan Markle launched her podcast series Archetypes last week (Image: SPOTIFY)

After flying from Canada, where they had been staying with Archie Harrison since mid-November, to California, they spent a few months at the Los Angeles home of producer and actor Tyler Perry.

Later in 2020, it was announced the pair had bought their Montecito mansion during the summer.

After settling down in their new residence, which includes a home office they share, the Duke and Duchess started sharing news regarding their working future.

In early September, they released a statement saying they had signed a deal with Netflix, for which they will produce video content.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's house mapped

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry live in Montecito (Image: EXPRESS)

They have so far announced the production of the docu-series Heart of Invictus, focused on a group of athletes preparing for the Invictus Games which took place in The Hague in April, and Pearl.

The latter was meant to be an animated series counting Meghan as one of the executive producers.

However, it was axed as part of a wider cost-cutting move by the streaming platform following a dip in subscribers.

In December 2020, Meghan and Harry announced another deal, this time with audio streaming platform Spotify.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry walking and smiling

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are no longer senior royals (Image: GETTY)

Last week, the Duchess released the first episode of her first-ever podcast series, Archetypes, which aims at uncovering and discussing labels used to try and hold women back.

The first of the 12 guests hosted by Meghan was her friend and tennis star Serena Williams, who spoke about ambition and how it can take a negative connotation when linked to a woman.

On Tuesday, a new episode is expected to be released, this time featuring singer Mariah Carey.

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