Meghan Markle Called Neighbors ‘Princess of Montecito’

The Duchess of Sussex has a new nickname.

Meghan Markle’s neighbors in California reportedly called her the “Princess of Montecito” because of her antics in the posh area.

“When she goes to Beverly Hills or West Hollywood for lunch or dinner, she usually calls ahead and asks for a table that is completely secluded,” a source told Closer on Tuesday.

According to the report, Markle’s favorite eateries are not very well-known and include downtown sushi joints and authentic Mexican fare in her native Los Angeles.

But in general she likes higher end places like Cecconi’s, Sunset Tower, Sugarfish or Lucky’s steakhouse in Montecito these days, which was recommended to [Markle and Prince Harry] by Oprah [Winfrey]† It has become their favorite, and they are waiting on all fours,” the source said.

Today, Markle, 40, and Harry, 37, spend most of their time in Montecito, where they moved after resigning as senior royals in early 2020, but the report said the “Suits” alum goes to LA “every day.” week or so. †

Meghan Marklea
Markle moved back to California with her husband, Prince Harry, in 2020.

Some of her favorite activities include walking her dogs, Pula and Guy.

“Meghan loves driving around LA following the same hiking trails she used to frequent, way off the beaten track,” the source claimed. “A lot of times she just runs off for herself and the dogs, which gives her time to think.”

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry
After leaving the UK, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex stayed in Canada for a few weeks before settling in the Golden State.
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The Sussexes have built new friendships since moving to Montecito, which is also home to A-listers including Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres and Serena Williams.

“She spends quite a bit of time at Oprah’s palatial home, sitting back with her best friend, Gayle King, and talking about everything from Meghan’s plans for the future to what’s going on in the UK and how Harry is handling everything. ,’ the source claimed.

Markle and Harry were spotted driving to Winfrey’s estate last month, a year after their amazing interview with the former talk show host.

An aerial view of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's home in Montecito, California.
The Sussexes paid $14.6 million for their 18,000-square-foot home.
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But much of the couple’s time is spent behind closed doors with their two children: son Archie, 3, and daughter Lilibet, 1.

†[Harry is] at the crack of dawn the children eat, wash and dress. Meghan is often very busy with business calling Zoom, or coming to LA for meetings, which Harry often takes her to. After that he goes back to the kids as soon as possible because he doesn’t like to leave them with the nannies,” the source told Closer.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are holding their children Archie and Lilibet.
A source told Vidak For Congress at the time that the pair couldn’t “wait to make” [the mansion] a home” with their two children, Archie and Lilibet.
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“With all this speculation about her political career aspirations, everyone thinks Harry would be happy with the idea of ​​being First Gentleman if she achieves her long-term goal,” the source added. “That said, he might be okay with it now, but you have to wonder for how much longer.”

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