Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have bought their first house!

If this new home purchase is anything to go by, then Harry and Meghan now seem ready to put down permanent roots, not least for the sake of their one-year-old son, who they hope to give as normal an upbringing as possible. And they are certainly in good company in Santa Barbara, one of the wealthiest communities in the US, which is also home to the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Tom Cruise and Ellen DeGeneres.

A source told the New York Post’s Page Six Column, “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.”

Harry, 35, and Meghan, 39, have also enjoyed being close to the former ‘Suits’ actress’ mother Doria Ragland in Los Angeles.

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The sourced continued: “Harry and Meghan never intended to make Los Angeles their home. It was a good place for them to be upon their arrival in the US to be close to Meghan’s mom [who lives in LA].”

Details about the property such as the price and location are being kept private by the couple to maintain their privacy.

The insider added: “They have thought about this carefully and researched it well. This is the place where they plan to be happy, make good friends and bring up Archie, giving him the chance to play with other children his age.”

A spokesperson for the couple told the gossip column: “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex moved into their family home in July of this year. They have settled into the quiet privacy of their community since their arrival and hope that this will be respected for their neighbours, as well as for them as a family.”

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