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Prince Harry and Meghan's $33 million mansion in the Netflix documentary isn't theirs

The much-anticipated Netflix series offers a glimpse into the couple's life – but not their home. Here's what we know

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It is inevitable that I would watch Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's new docuseries for interiors inspiration from their Montecito estate – it's more or less written into my job description, after all – but reports suggest the backdrop seen in the Netflix series isn't actually their family home.

Little is known about the couple's Californian royal residence (aside from the odd glimpse and leaked detail, such as Meghan Markle's favorite candle and Archie's chicken coop). And, it seems that its interiors will remain a mystery. According to British newspaper Mail on Sunday (opens in new tab), the backdrop in the Harry and Megan documentary (previewed below) is a $33 million mansion located approximately 9 minutes drive from the Sussex's $14 million estate. 

While you would be forgiven for believing the 13,599-square-foot property belonged to the couple, it is not the case. Instead, its former owner was Mark Schulhof, an eco-activist, and CEO of Quadriga Arts. The Mail speaks of Mark's 'disgraced' past after he was charged with pocketing $116 million in a 'fundraising scam that targeted disabled veterans.'

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Meghan and Harry's home recently made headlines after a royal biographer Tina Brown labeled the home a 'humble cottage' compared to the homes owned by their neighbors. The filming location, however, is one of the world's best homes, complete with a large lawn, pool, private cinema and spa, and luxe 24 ft-high ceilings, to name a few of its unique assets. 

The home's listing speaks of the 'vast ocean views, flat grounds, luxe amenities, and incredible design coalescing' at the impressive estate. 'With an address that embodies good fortune and prosperity, [the home] was exquisitely executed to embody the California Dream at its finest,' it says. 

The Montecito mansion is much larger than Meghan and Harry's boasting 16 bathrooms rather than the six bathrooms the Sussexes have.

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Meghan and Harry never claimed the house in the Netflix show was theirs, but the Mail reports that the property has gained much attention since its reveal in the series. A Hollywood producer shared that it was 'a little tone-deaf' to film in such an opulent environment 'when there is so much suffering in the real world’, though arguably the Sussexes will have been keen to kept their own home private.

The first episode of the series aired on December 8th, but more are available from this Thursday, December 15. Not much is known about the filming location of the next installment, but we'll be waiting for a glimpse into the couple's permanent home. 

Megan Slack
News Editor

Megan is the News and Trends Editor at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes. As the News Editor, she often focuses on emerging microtrends, sleep and wellbeing stories, and celebrity-focused pieces. Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US while studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site. She currently lives in London with her antique typewriter and an expansive collection of houseplants.