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Harry and Meghan urged NOT to move to Hope Ranch as locals fear they’ll bring a ‘circus’ to area

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are allegedly thinking of moving to a new Santa Barbara ZIP code – but residents in the exclusive neighborhood are ‘worried’ that the royal couple will bring a ‘circus’ to the area.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have reportedly outgrown their idyllic Montecito mansion – and are looking to relocate about 10 miles away to Hope Ranch, Santa Barbara.

They currently live at the sprawling $14million home with their two young children – Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet – who gained their regal titles in September when their grandfather Charles III became King. 

But rumors of their relocation has rocked locals living in Hope Ranch, TMZ reported.  

The Sussexes currently have a collection of elite A-list neighbors, including Katy Perry, Adam Levine, Ellen DeGeneres and Jennifer Aniston. However Hope Ranch is a quieter, more exclusive area.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry (pictured September 2022 at Windsor Castle) are reportedly thinking of moving from their $14million mansion – but locals in their alleged new desired postcode are fretting about the move, TMZ reported

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are allegedly looking to ditch their Montecito home (above), just as police reported the installation of new security cameras to combat rampant crime

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are allegedly looking to ditch their Montecito home (above), just as police reported the installation of new security cameras to combat rampant crime

Affluent Hope Ranch boasts a slew of upmarket amenities – including a country club, golf club, tennis court, equestrian trails, and its own private beach. 

And with a population of about 2,200, the elite village is home to wealthy Californians who are not in the public eye quite like the Sussexes. 

Some of Ranch Hope’s well known residents include rapper Snoop Dogg, novelist and actor Ron Ely, and talk show host Laura Schlessinger.   

According to TMZ, sources close to Homeowners Association at Hope Ranch say residents are fretting over Meghan and Harry’s alleged move because of the ‘baggage’ they’ll bring.

The royal pair may bring a ‘circus’ to the idyllic area, reports TMZ.

Meghan and Harry’s presence in Hope Ranch may also cause more traffic in the area – as photographers flock to snap pictures of the family, sources told the news outlet.  

Their Montecito home ‘does not properly accommodate them’ and rumors are already circulating that the Sussexes may have already purchased a new home, reports The Santa Barbara News-Press. 

Harry and Meghan - who stepped down from their royal duties in 2020 - are pictured in New York City in 2021

Harry and Meghan – who stepped down from their royal duties in 2020 – are pictured in New York City in 2021

The small but affluent community of Hope Ranch (above) boasts a members-only country club, golf club, tennis courts, picnic grounds and a network of equestrian trails

The small but affluent community of Hope Ranch (above) boasts a members-only country club, golf club, tennis courts, picnic grounds and a network of equestrian trails

Former Suits actress Meghan, 41, married Prince Harry, 38, at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle in 2018 – but less than two years later the pair stepped down as working royals and retreated to America.

They bought their existing property in June 2020, four months after the so-called ‘Megxit’ deal which saw them quit the royal family.

They’ve since signed deals with Netflix and Spotify for a rumored $135m in total, with Harry also said to be in line for an extra $20 million to publish his autobiography.

The reason for their alleged move to Ranch Hope may also be for security reasons, it’s been claimed. 

Harry and Meghan reportedly had a scare in May, when police were alerted to two intruders at their house during a 12-day span when the family was believed to be home. 

According to police records, a trespasser at Meghan and Harry’s home was reported on their wedding anniversary, May 19 at 5.44pm.

Less than two weeks later, at 3.21pm on May 31 – just hours before the pair were to take a private jet to Britain for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, another intruder was reported.

Given the crime surge in the area, Harry and Meghan may instead be opting to move to a safe neighborhood while remaining in Santa Barbara. 

Former Suits actress Meghan, 41, married Prince Harry, 38, at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle in 2018 - but less than two years later the pair stepped down as working royals and retreated to America

Former Suits actress Meghan, 41, married Prince Harry, 38, at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle in 2018 – but less than two years later the pair stepped down as working royals and retreated to America

Hope Ranch has mansions that go for as high as $22 million in the affluent community

Hope Ranch has mansions that go for as high as $22 million in the affluent community

Residents of Hope Ranch also have access to their own private beach along the coastline

Residents of Hope Ranch also have access to their own private beach along the coastline

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