Not long after it was revealed that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle high-tailed it out of Los Angeles and moved to Montecito, CA, people started getting suspicious about who paid for their new mansion, considering they’re still making payments on their last home. The Daily Mail claimed that Prince Harry’s dad Prince Charles covered a portion of the $14.6 million price tag. But a source who recently spoke to Us Weekly says Harry and Meghan paid for it entirely on their own with no help from Papa Chuck.
It was reported that Harry and Meghan chose their 18,000-square-foot home in Montecito because they wanted something smaller and more homey than the 24,000-square-foot mansion they were borrowing from Tyler Perry. But Harry and Meghan haven’t really been working since they quit being full-time senior royals in January, which probably has more to do with the COVID-19 pandemic and being semi-new parents and less to do with Harry dragging his feet to order more printer ink so he can print off a stack of resumes. So how did they pay for such an expensive house? The source paints a picture of Harry and Meghan happily shuffling on down to Chase Bank or Wells Fargo, grabbing a complimentary cup of lukewarm coffee and a paper napkin stacked with stale donut holes, and chatting about mortgage options.
While Harry and Meghan, “paid out of their own pockets [and] have taken out a huge mortgage,” the Duke of Sussex is “loving being independent and sees it as an opportunity to grow.”
And the reason they had to get a huge mortgage is because they didn’t want to ask for a single tuppence from Charles. Asking for money would have meant getting tied up with the royal family again, and that’s the sort of thing they were trying to avoid by moving away in the first place.
“Harry could’ve asked [Prince] Charles to contribute toward the cost of the house, but he chose not to,” a source exclusively reveals to Us Weekly. “Getting his dad financially involved would result in the royals having control over him. It would mean going backwards.”
And if the pandemic eventually calms down and things begin to return to normal, maybe Harry and Meghan will finally be able to host a belated welcome party and 1st birthday celebration for Archie? Possibly! Since money is so tight, maybe they can work out a deal with their local Ralph’s on a couple veggie and dip trays. But in the event that happens, no one should save a red Solo cup of store brand Sprite for Harry’s only brother Prince William. According to Finding Freedom co-author Omid Scobie, Harry and William are barely on speaking terms. via Us Weekly:
“I think the distance between the brothers grew wider and wider,” Scobie said on True Royalty TV on Sunday. “That’s really going to take some time to heal.”
“The statements weren’t discussed internally. That’s really what caused the most amount of hurt to William because he wears two hats. He’s not just the brother, he’s also the future king, and he felt that damaged the reputation of the family, that it put family business out into the public domain when it should’ve been discussed privately, and there was a lot of hurt there that continues to this day.”
That’s a whole lot of information that backs up that Harry and Meghan are regulars now. No financial help, an estranged brother, and a huge mortgage? What’s next? Hearing about Harry and Meghan tackling home repairs after watching clips of This Old House on YouTube? Which will surely be followed by a story about Harry ending up in the ER with a broken arm after falling off a ladder and into a pile of dusty drywall scraps? It’s the remake of The Money Pit we didn’t ask for, but I’ll happily take.