Meghan Markle is no stranger to trendsetting – from the clothes hanging in her closet to the chicken coop in her garden. It is natural, therefore, that a recent glimpse into her Montecito home sparked a whole new conversation in the interiors industry.
While much of the decor in her Santa Barbara residence is noteworthy, it is her choice of accessories that has got people talking. The biggest talking point, though, is her choice of candle, which is, unsurprisingly, one of the best candles on the market.
The candle in question is the Bassett Rose Water Candle (opens in new tab) from Soho Home – a scent that combines delicate notes of geranium, lemon, and bergamot with musky, wooden and spicy aromas.
Bassett Rose Water Candle – $105 ($89 for members) at Soho Home (opens in new tab)
Meghan Markle's favorite candle is labeled as an 'ode to the English rose' and draws inspiration from the Walled Garden at Babington House, a Grade II-listed manor set in 18 acres of the English countryside (and frequented by celebrities).
It has top notes of lemon, middle notes of geranium, and a base of guaiac woods. The scent is a 'bespoke fragrance' created by an expert perfumer for Soho House.
In her interview with The Cut (opens in new tab), Meghan pairs the lit candle with 'the gentle tones of a flamenco-inflected guitar' that fill the room where she sits. The Duchess explains that the founder and CEO of Soho House, Nick Jones, was a friend 'from long before she met Harry.'
The brand, which owns the Soho Home branch, started as a private members club in London but is now a global empire, with clubs in New York, West Hollywood, Malibu, and Austin, to name but a few. You can also shop its homeware and candles similar to Meghan's on Net-a-Porter (opens in new tab).
Other notable living room ideas from the interview include a 'cozy chair,' and the room is described as being 'climate-controlled', with large ceilings that were drenched in sunlight.
The Bassett Rose Water Candle knows how to make a statement in the Californian royal residence – and with an approximate burn time of 70 hours, we expect it will remain in the home for a long time to come. We're adding one to our cart right now.
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.
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