Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are over the moon about their new home in Santa Barbara. In fact, the royal couple’s central California mansion is “perfect” for their only son, Archie, a source exclusively tells Closer Weekly.
“The house has a Mediterranean vibe to it — French doors and archways and a pool,” the insider reveals. “It’s beautiful and spacious, but not too over-the-top. It’s the perfect place for Archie to grow up.”
The Duke of Sussex, 35, and the former Suits actress, 39, purchased the “new gated home” after living in actor Tyler Perry‘s Los Angeles property since March. “It’s much more private than Tyler’s house, which has enabled them to cut back on security costs,” the source adds.
The proud parents of one first made their move to North America in mid-January. After announcing their plans to step back from their roles as senior members of Queen Elizabeth‘s royal family, Meghan and Harry relocated to Canada with their now-15-month-old son.
By March, the famous twosome packed their bags and moved to L.A. “They’re living in self-isolation in a $15 million gated mansion,” a separate insider told Closer at the time. “They’ve made sure it’s baby-proof — especially the pool, because Archie just started walking.”
Considering their new digs in Santa Barbara is the first home Harry and Meghan purchased together, the royal lovebirds — who tied the knot in May 2019 and welcomed son Archie a year later — couldn’t be happier about making new memories with their little bundle of joy.
“[Archie’s] gotten so big and loves his food!” another insider previously told Closer. “While he’s [getting] into everything [because he can now walk], they feel blessed to have such a well-behaved, happy little boy.”
Although Harry and Meghan are relishing in their new lives in the United States, Elizabeth, 94, misses her grandson and his family. Shortly before the handsome hunk and the Deal or No Deal alum settled down in L.A., Harry and the royal monarch “met for lunch” to discuss the future of the royal family.
“Despite everything that’s happened with Megxit, the last thing Elizabeth wants is for Harry to feel estranged from his family,” a source told Closer in early March. “She made her feelings clear about this in the meeting.”
Elizabeth also has no hard feelings about the two relinquishing their royal duties. “The most important thing to her is to see him happy and settled,” the source added. “She told him that he’s always welcome back if he ever changes his mind about living in North America.”
Reporting by Natalie Posner