Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have secretly moved out of Los Angeles after buying a private mansion 95 miles away.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been at their new Santa Barbara pad since early July after moving out of the Beverly Hills mansion owned by movie producer Tyler Perry.
The couple reportedly plan to settle in the area and put down lasting roots for themselves and young son Archie – having quit the Royal Family and left the UK in March.
A source told PageSix : “Harry and Meghan have been quietly living in their own home in Santa Barbara since early July.
“They are not houseguests of Oprah or anyone else, they bought this home themselves.
“This is where they want to continue their lives after leaving the UK.
“This is the first home either of them has ever owned. It has been a very special time for them as a couple and as a family — to have complete privacy for six weeks since they moved in.
“They intend to put down their roots in this house and the quiet community, which has considerable privacy.
“This is where they want to bring Archie up, where they hope he can have as normal a life as possible.”
The source added the Sussexes never intended to remain in LA, but saw it as a good place to touch base when arriving in the US as Meghan’s mum Doria Ragland lives there.
The pair are said to have disliked the press intrusion during their stay in LA.
Last month they filed a lawsuit against photographers after drones were allegedly used to take pictures of their son Archie.
Filed to the LA County Superior Court, the complaint alleges that photographers captured pictures of the 14-month-old at the Sussexes’ Beverly Hills home during lockdown.
The invasion of privacy lawsuit is against unnamed defendants and references California’s laws that make photographing or filming someone in their home illegal.
A spokesperson for Meghan and Harry confirmed they had moved into their new home in July, describing the location as having a “quiet privacy” and hope their arrival will not disturb this.