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Meghan and Harry latest: New £11.1M California mansion was owned by Russian oligarch

MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry "secretly bought a family home after leaving Tyler Perry's £13million Los Angeles mansion."

The $14.6m Santa Barbara mansion was owned by a Russian oligarch who allegedly "threatened to chop up ex-wife," according to court docs.

According to public records, the pair were sold their new $14.6m home by a limited liability company partly owned by Russian tycoon Sergey Grishin.

The property, which was bought for £11.1 million in June, was previously valued at £20.6 million and is located in Montecito, California - known as a celebrity hotspot.

As well as having 16 bathrooms, the property - which is inside a secure gated community - has its own children's playground, sauna, arcade, wine cellar and a five-car garage.

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  • Becky Pemberton 's avatarBecky Pemberton

    FINDING FREEDOM AUTHOR DENIES CLAIMS HE INTERVIEWED MEGHAN AND HARRY FOR BIOGRAPHY

    The co-author of a bombshell biography has denied claims he interviewed Meghan Markle and Prince Harry.

    Finding Freedom by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand was released in the UK on Tuesday and features explosive claims about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

    A spokesperson for the couple and the authors themselves have insisted the Sussexes were not interviewed for the bool.

    But buried in an “author's note” at the back of the book is this admission: “We have spoken to close friends of Harry and Meghan, royal aides and palace staff (past and present), the charities and organisations they have built long-lasting relationships with and, when appropriate, the couple themselves.”

  • Becky Pemberton 's avatarBecky Pemberton

    HARRY WAS BLOWN AWAY BY MEGHAN AFTER SEEING SLINKY DRESS PIC

    Prince Harry was blown away with Meghan Markle after a friend showed him a picture of her in a slinky silver dress, it has been revealed.

    The Duke of Sussex was set up on a blind date with the former actress at Soho House's Dean Street Townhouse in 2016.

    And while new biography Finding Freedom revealed the couple were quickly smitten with each other, it said Harry, 35, had already “scoped out” Meghan, 39.

    The explosive book claimed: “Naturally, both participants in this blind date did their homework with a thorough Google search.

    “Harry, who scoped out Meghan on social media, was interested.

    “A friend had shown him an Instagram photo of Meghan in the slinky silver mini dress at the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards.”

    It stated the prince “liked what he saw” – with “newly single” Meghan likewise keen after having joked she wanted to find a “nice English gentleman to flirt with” on the trip to London.

  • Becky Pemberton 's avatarBecky Pemberton

    MEGHAN AND HARRY MUST 'START MAKING MONEY QUICKLY' TO PAY OFF £500k YEARLY BILLS

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have recently spent £11.2million on the nine-bed house.

    They paid a deposit of £3.8million to City National Bank leaving a £7.4million mortgage over 30 years at £34,750 a month — or a huge £417,000 a year.

    The Sussexes would have had to convince the lender they had the funds for repayment, despite neither having a steady wage.

    They also face a £52,000-a-year property tax for homes worth £7.64million-plus in Santa Barbara.

    Utility and staffing bills could run into hundreds of thousands while the couple say they will privately fund their £5million-a-year security arrangements.

    They are also paying back £18,000 a month to the taxpayer for £2.4million renovations on Frogmore Cottage, Windsor.

  • Carly Bass 's avatarCarly Bass

    MEGHAN MARKLE MAY HAVE HAD SURGERY ON HER FEET, SURGEON CLAIMS

    Meghan Markle may have had secret and agonising bunion surgery in a quest to get perfect feet, a surgeon says. 

    Meghan went barefoot for a formal Māori welcoming ceremony in New Zealand in 2018 while visiting the country, and a small faded scar can be seen on the inside of her left foot.

    “Meghan’s scar is 100% due to open bunion surgery,” Consultant trauma and orthopaedic surgeon for BMI Shirley Oaks hospital, Kumar Kunasingam, claims.

    “While the scar is only 4-5cm long, this type of surgery can be very painful and it can take up to three months before patients can wear heels again.”

  • Carly Bass 's avatarCarly Bass

    THE EXACT SHADE MEGHAN WORE FOR HER WEDDING MANICURE HAS BEEN REVEALED

    When Meghan Markle walked down the aisle to marry Prince Harry every inch of her outfit was sought after – particularly her manicure.

    The 39-year-old went for a pink, muted tone, and the exact shade has just been revealed, Vogue reported.

    Meghan had her nails done by DryBy London, and went for a custom colour using CND Shellac, wearing one layer of Unmasked, and two coats of Negligee.

    While on her toes she opted for two coats of Cashmere Wrap.

  • Carly Bass 's avatarCarly Bass

    HARRY SAYS SPORT CAN 'BRING YOU BACK FROM DARK PLACES' IN NEW NETFLIX DOC

    Prince Harry tributes sport in being able to “bring you back from the darkest places” as he praises the Paralympics in a new Netflix documentary.

    The Duke of Sussex, 35, appears in the film Rising Phoenix, which is set to air August 26 – the same date the Paralympic Games were set to go ahead before coronavirus hit.

    The documentary is set to tell the history of the Paralympics Games movement and the incredible stories of the athletes featured, including Ellie Cole, Jonnie Peacock and Tatyana McFadden.

    In a trailer for the film, Prince Harry says: “There isn't anything else in the world that can bring you back from the darkest places than sport.”

    “Yes, lives are being changed on the track,” he adds.

    “But lives are also being changed on the stands.”

    You can read more about it here.

  • Carly Bass 's avatarCarly Bass

    HARRY & MEGHAN'S DOG NAME MEANS 'PENIS' IN ROMANIAN

    Pals of the former royal couple said they christened their Labrador Pula after the currency in Botswana, where they dated.

    But Romanians are slating the pair as it means something a lot more crass in their language.

    One Romanian Twitter user said: “Surely someone in their group would have Googled Pula to ensure it wasn’t Romanian for penis?”

    Another critic of the name tweeted: “Quite a shock to see it in print…!!!” Harry, 35, and Meghan, 39, adopted their black Labrador in 2018 just after they got married but refused to publicly disclose its name.

  • Carly Bass 's avatarCarly Bass

    PRINCE WILLIAM'S CHEEKY FIRST WORDS TO MEGHAN WHEN THEY MET

    According to the authors of Finding Freedom, Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand , Harry first introduced Meghan to his brother in November 2016.

    The authors write: “As she walked up the seven freshly jet-washed concrete steps to Apartment 1A with Harry, she wasn’t thinking about the future king of England but her boyfriend’s older brother, and one famously protective of his younger one, who had experienced more than his fair share of emotional wounds.”

    They added: “Meghan thought that William would no doubt want to know everything about her – and her intentions.

    “She was self-aware enough to understand that the brothers were wary of women who were more interested in their titles than their well-being.

    “And she couldn’t have come from a more different world than that of William, his wife, and most of their friends.

    “As soon as William opened the black double doors to welcome Meghan into his home, he said, ‘I was looking forward to meeting the girl who has put that silly grin on my brother’s face.’”

    According to the book, the rest of the “no-fuss” first meeting was a breeze and the three of them drank tea together in “the heart of the Cambridge family home: the kitchen,” Express.co.uk reports.

  • Carly Bass 's avatarCarly Bass

    PRINCE HARRY BELIEVED HE AND MEGHAN WERE 'THROWN UNDER THE BUS' TO PROTECT THE ROYALS

    The Duke of Sussex reportedly fell out with his brother after Prince William urged him to not rush his relationship with Meghan.

    And new biography Finding Freedom claims Harry, 35, then got upset as the rift played out publicly – and that people were “working” to make William, 38, look good.

    A source told authors Omid Scobie and Caroline Durand: “Harry was upset that it was playing out so publicly and that so much of the information being reported was wrong.

    “There had been moments where he felt people working with his brother had put things out there to make William look good, even if it meant throwing Harry under the bus.

    “It was a confusing time, and his head was all over the place—he didn't know who or what to believe, and he and William weren't talking enough either, which made everything a lot worse.”

  • Carly Bass 's avatarCarly Bass

    MEGHAN REVEALS HER SUITS AUDITION WAS 'AWFUL'

    Meghan shot to fame playing legal eagle Rachel Zane in drama Suits, but she previously revealed her audition went badly.

    She revealed she “ate her feelings” in pizza and quesadilla after what she thought had been a “terrible” audition for TV show Suits in 2011.

    The mum initially thought she'd messed up her chances after getting distracted and fluffing her lines.

    Following the audition for the series – which at the time was called 'A Legal Mind' – Meghan revealed, in a post on her now-defunct blog The Tig in 2015, how she called her agent and said: “I blew it.”

    She explained: “I kept forgetting my lines, I was distracted.”

    Meghan admitted that when she arrived home she “ate her feelings” in pizza and quesadilla while she ran over in her head where she'd gone wrong.

  • Carly Bass 's avatarCarly Bass

    HARRY WAS SMITTEN WITH MEGHAN EVEN BEFORE THEIR FIRST DATE

    Harry was smitten with Meghan after a friend showed him a picture of her in a slinky silver dress, it has been revealed.

    The Duke of Sussex was set up on a blind date with the former actress at Soho House's Dean Street Townhouse in 2016.

    And while new biography Finding Freedom revealed the couple were quickly smitten with each other, it said Harry, 35, had already “scoped out” Meghan, 39.

    The explosive book claimed: “Naturally, both participants in this blind date did their homework with a thorough Google search.

    “Harry, who scoped out Meghan on social media, was interested.

    “A friend had shown him an Instagram photo of Meghan in the slinky silver mini dress at the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards.”

    It stated the prince “liked what he saw” – with “newly single” Meghan likewise keen after having joked she wanted to find a “nice English gentleman to flirt with” on the trip to London.

  • Carly Bass 's avatarCarly Bass

    MEGHAN'S 'REVENGE' WARDROBE DURING FINAL ROYAL OUTINGS WAS TO 'GO OUT WITH A BANG', NEW BOOK CLAIMS

    The Duchess of Sussex, 39, captivated royal fans with a breathtaking wardrobe worth £26,400 for her final five-day visit. 

    Vanity Fair called her wardrobe at the time a “masterclass in revenge dressing”, and compared her looks to Princess Diana’s infamous little black dress the night Prince Charles did his bombshell interview about Camilla. 

    Now authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand have shared in their Finding Freedom biography how Meghan’s outfits were carefully selected. 

    They wrote how Meghan’s make-up artist and close pal Daniel Martin had joked she should “go out with a bang” during her final week as a working senior royal. 

    Speaking of Meghan and Harry, 35, arriving in the rain at the Endeavour Fund Awards at Mansion House, the authors wrote: “[they served as a showstopping reminder of their ability to command the world's attention.

    “Earlier in the day Daniel Martin (who, when planning all her looks for the week, had joked, ‘Go out with a bang!’) had done her makeup and George Northwood her hair.

    “The pictures of the couple beaming under their umbrella as they arrived at the event went viral around the world.

    “'The sparkling rain in the frame was pure coincidence, but the confident walk into Mansion House venue and Meghan's blue midi dress by Victoria Beckham, were carefully planned.”

  • Becky Pemberton 's avatarBecky Pemberton

    PRINCE HARRY SAYS IT WILL TAKE 'EVERY SINGLE PERSON ON THE PLANET' TO DEFEAT RACISM

    Harry has insisted that it will take "every single person on the planet" to defeat racism.

    In a new virtual interview for a civil rights organisation, the Duke of Sussex made it clear that tackling racism is “not down to the black community.”

    Speaking with US civil rights leader Rashad Robinson, the royal said: “We have to go to the root of the problem, and actually fix it there.

    “It's going to take every single one of us. This is not down to the black community.

    “This is down to every single person that is on the planet right now.”

  • Becky Pemberton 's avatarBecky Pemberton

    MEGHAN AND HARRY'S A-LEVEL RESULTS, AS STUDENTS PICK UP THEIR GRADES

    A-level results day has arrived and teens across the country will no doubt have been filled with dread and anticipation collecting their results.

    But what did the royals achieve in their A-Levels?

    Prince Harry got a B in Art and a D in Geography, deciding against university and instead joined the army.

    As Meghan grew up in America, her education system was different to the rest of the royal family, but it's reported she was an A* student.

    While it's not known what grades Meghan achieved, she did get what she needed to bag a double major in Theatre and International Relations at the Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

  • Becky Pemberton 's avatarBecky Pemberton

    MEGHAN HUNG OUT WITH AMAL WHILE GEORGE AND HARRY RACED MOTORBIKES IN LAKE COMO

    Meghan hung out with Amal Clooney while George and Prince Harry raced motorbikes in Lake Como, a new bombshell book claims.

    The Sussexes jetted out and joined the A-list celebs in their Italian villa, where they also ran into Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank.

    Finding Freedom claims George Clooney, 59, arranged for Harry and Meghan, who tied the knot at St George's Chapel in Windsor in 2018, to fly to Lake Como on his private jet on August 16.

    During the three-day visit, a source said: “Meghan and Amal spent a lot of time relaxing by the pool and playing with the twins while George and Harry checked out George's motorbike collection.”

  • Becky Pemberton 's avatarBecky Pemberton

    MEGHAN AND HARRY HAVE TAKEN OUT A £7.25M MORTGAGE ON THEIR NEW HOME

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have just bought a luxurious £11.1 million mansion in Montecito, California.

    Despite the hefty price tag, it looks like the couple got themselves a bargain as the estate is actually valued at a whopping £20m ($27m).

    Deeds, obtained by The Sun, show the buyers for the property took out a £7.25m ($9.5m) mortgage to be paid back plus interest by the year 2050 – indicating they put down a deposit of £3.8m ($5m).

    They will also have to pay a whopping yearly property tax of £220,000 The records show the property was bought by a mysterious company called the Residential Real Estate Trust.

  • Becky Pemberton 's avatarBecky Pemberton

    MEGHAN AND HARRY'S NEW A-LIST NEIGHBOURS INCLUDE OPRAH AND ELLEN DEGENERES

    Harry and Meghan's move to Santa Barbara will have them rubbing shoulders with A-list neighbours including Oprah Winfrey and Katy Perry.

    Its stunning beaches and Spanish colonial architecture has also helped lure other British celebs such as singer Adele and actor Orlando Bloom.

    Among Harry and Meg's new neighbours is TV mogul Oprah Winfrey, who cracked the American dream after growing up in brutal poverty and now has a net worth of $2.7 billion.

    In nearby Carpinteria is another talk show icon Ellen DeGeneres who bought a $18.6m ocean front home with wife Portia de Rossi.

    Ellen owns a few properties in the area including a $3m treehouse-style house which stands on 1.3 acres of land and boasts incredible views of Montecito.

    Also in the same enclave is actor Ashton Kutcher, 41, who along with wife and actress Mila Kunis bought a two-story mansion for $10.2 million in 2014.

    Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence has a five-bed property which she bought from singer Jessica Simpson for $8.2 million in 2014.

  • Becky Pemberton 's avatarBecky Pemberton

    HARRY AND MEGHAN SPLASH OUT £11M ON SANTA BARBARA MANSION

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have reportedly moved into a lavish multi-million dollar estate boasting nine bedrooms, a pool, gym and theatre.

    The property, which was bought for £11.1 million in June, was previously valued at £20.6 million and is located in the celebrity enclave of Montecito, California.

    As well as housing 16 bathrooms, the luxurious property – which is inside a secure gated community – has its own children's playground, sauna, arcade, wine cellar and a five-car garage.

    Outside, there is a tennis court, pool, large manicured lawns, rose gardens, a tea house and a pond.

  • Becky Pemberton 's avatarBecky Pemberton

    SENIOR ROYALS CALLED MEGHAN 'HARRY'S SHOWGIRL', NEW BOOK CLAIMS

    Senior royals referred to Meghan Markle as Prince Harry’s “showgirl” who “comes with a lot of baggage”, an explosive new book claims.

    The revelations come in new extracts from 'Finding Freedom', which lifts the lid on Harry and Meghan's split from the Royal Family.

    Prince Harry and Meghan Markle first began dating in July 2016 and were pictured holding hands early in the 2017.

    The new extracts – quoted in The Sunday Times – reveal that many in the Royal household were concerned at the pace at which Harry and Meghan’s relationship was going.

    According to the book, one senior royal referred to the American actress as “Harry’s showgirl” while another told an aide: “She comes with a lot of baggage”.

  • Becky Pemberton 's avatarBecky Pemberton

    MEGHAN VOWS TO VOTE IN 2020 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

    Meghan said she knew “what it's like to feel voiceless” today as she revealed she would be voting in the 2020 US elections.

    The Duchess of Sussex urged others to “exercise their fundamental right” as America heads to the polls in November.

    The 39-year-old, who is currently living in LA with husband Prince Harry, revealed to Marie Claire in a rare interview: “I know what it's like to have a voice, and also what it's like to feel voiceless.

    “I also know that so many men and women have put their lives on the line for us to be heard.”

  • Becky Pemberton 's avatarBecky Pemberton

    FINDING FREEDOM AUTHOR DENIES CLAIMS HE INTERVIEWED MEGHAN AND HARRY FOR BIOGRAPHY

    The co-author of a bombshell biography of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry has denied claims he interviewed the couple for the book.

    Finding Freedom by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand was released in the UK on Tuesday and features explosive claims about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

    The book chronicles their love story and their time as senior members of the royal family before quitting and moving to LA with their son Archie.

    A spokesperson for the couple and the authors themselves have insisted the Sussexes were not interviewed for the bool.

    But buried in an “author's note” at the back of the book is this admission: “We have spoken to close friends of Harry and Meghan, royal aides and palace staff (past and present), the charities and organisations they have built long-lasting relationships with and, when appropriate, the couple themselves.”

  • Becky Pemberton 's avatarBecky Pemberton

    HARRY CHOSE MEGHAN'S ENGAGEMENT RING 'SIX MONTHS AFTER THEY MET'

    Prince Harry scouted for a diamond engagement ring just six months after meeting Meghan Markle, it has been claimed.

    And the couple were reportedly so smitten with each other that they openly started talking about their wedding a year after meeting.

    The Duke of Sussex met the Suits star at a blind date in July 2016 – with Prince Harry saying "I love you" just three months later.

    New biography Finding Freedom, released this week, claimed Harry had even started to search for a ring by May 2017 – sourcing a “conflict-free” diamond while on a secret scouting trip to Africa with a pal.

  • Becky Pemberton 's avatarBecky Pemberton

    HARRY NEVER FELT ROYAL FAMILY SUPPORTED HIM, IT IS CLAIMED

    In the unauthorised biography Finding Freedom, it was claimed Harry wanted to feel supported by the Royal Family.

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were left frustrated when conversations with the Palace didn't “lead anywhere”.

    But a source told authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand that Harry felt “there were so many occasions” when the Royal Family “could have helped them, stood up for them, backed them up, and never did”.

    And while the couple flagged their frustrations with the palace, the book claimed: “These conversations didn't really lead anywhere.”

  • Becky Pemberton 's avatarBecky Pemberton

    MEGHAN COULD FACE COURT QUIZ OVER INVOLVEMENT IN FINDING FREEDOM AFTER AUTHORS SAYS SHE WAS A SOURCE

    Meghan faces being quizzed in court over the “one-sided” bombshell biography after its authors claimed she was a source.

    The Duke and Duchess's unofficial book Finding Freedom was released in the UK on Tuesday and features explosive claims about Megxit.

    While a spokesperson for the couple and the authors themselves have insisted the Sussexes were not interviewed for the book, buried in an “author's note” at the back of the book is this admission: “We have spoken to close friends of Harry and Meghan, royal aides and palace staff (past and present), the charities and organisations they have built long-lasting relationships with and, when appropriate, the couple themselves.”

    A palace source told The Daily Mirror: “One may indeed wonder who those two sources are.

    “It’s fair to say there is a great deal of scepticism over the involvement of the book’s two primary subjects.

    The book could now be brought into the centre of Meghan Markle's lawsuit with Associated Newspapers (ANL), the publisher of the Mail on Sunday, after a “private” letter she sent to her estranged father Thomas Markle, 76, was revealed.

  • Becky Pemberton 's avatarBecky Pemberton

    MEGHAN'S PAL JESSICA MULRONEY REVEALS SHE WAS IN THE 'WORST STATE' AFTER RACISM ROW AND RUMOURED FALLOUT

    Jessica has broken her silence to reveal she was “in the worst state” following her racism backlash and fallout with former best friend, Meghan Markle.

    The embattled stylist, who has not been since in public in months, made a return to Instagram on Tuesday to celebrate her twin sons, Brian and John, turning 10, sharing a video of her husband Ben carrying a birthday cake into their garden in Toronto.

    In an emotional message, she wrote: “Happy 10th to my twin babies. My incredible family have had to witness mom in the worst state.

    “These two boys have not left my side and gave me the will to live and work hard when everything fell apart. They deserve the best birthday. Only up from here.”

    Fans were quick to welcome Jessica back to the social media platform after the scandal involving black influencer Sasha Exeter, who accused her of abusing her white privilege in an epic social media showdown.

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