Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, are reportedly contemplating a significant move from their Montecito residence.
They recently visited an $18 million mansion in Malibu, sparking speculations about relocating closer to Hollywood.
This visit took place over the Labor Day weekend, as sources informed TMZ.
A Blank Canvas: $8 Million Malibu Land with Ambitious Plans
The Malibu property, valued at $8 million, currently offers little more than a vacant parcel of land with an existing swimming pool.
Plans are in place for the construction of a modern 10,000-square-foot mansion, an undertaking estimated to cost an additional $10 million.
Montecito Residence Overview
Harry, 38, and Meghan, 42, have called their nine-bedroom, $14 million Montecito mansion home since 2020.
This Mediterranean-style estate sprawls across 18,000 square feet and boasts enchanting features such as rose gardens, century-old olive trees, a tennis court, a tea house, a children’s cottage, a pool, and a two-bedroom guesthouse.
The Allure of Malibu: Closer to Hollywood and Celebrity Friends
One of the driving factors behind their potential relocation is the considerable distance of their Montecito residence from Hollywood, which entails a roughly 85-mile, hour-and-a-half commute.
In contrast, the Malibu property is a mere 25 miles from Hollywood, making it a manageable 45-minute drive.
Furthermore, it’s just 15 miles from Calabasas, where the Kardashians reside.
Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, was recently photographed at a charity event with Kim Kardashian and Kris Jenner.
Promising Features of the Malibu Site
The Malibu property features a guardhouse that protects the access road leading to the future main residence.
The architectural plans for the main house emphasize modernity, with expansive windows and breathtaking ocean views.
Real Estate Listing and Privacy
The property is listed by Brendan Brown of Westside Estate Agency.
Brown showcased the opportunity on Instagram, highlighting its 5.26-acre size and 360-degree ocean views.
The property is completely gated to ensure privacy and security, aligning with the couple’s desire for a secluded yet accessible residence.
Recent Hollywood Ventures
Both Harry and Meghan have been increasingly active in Hollywood circles.
Meghan recently attended Beyonce’s concert in Los Angeles and was seen with Tyler Perry, who is the godfather of their son, Archie.
Harry, on the other hand, watched a soccer match featuring Lionel Messi’s Inter Miami team in LA.
Media Endeavors and Future Plans
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are focusing on their media ventures, including content production for Netflix.
Meghan is planning to return to Instagram and possibly launch a lifestyle blog, reminiscent of her former site, The Tig.
While their Spotify deal ended in June, they continue to work on Netflix content.
However, Harry’s latest show, “Heart of Invictus,” faced disappointing viewership.
Upcoming Events and UK Visit
Prince Harry is expected in the UK for the WellChild Awards but is unlikely to meet with his father or brother.
He will then travel to Germany for the Invictus Games, with Meghan expected to join him there.