Rather than filming the tell-all interview at his and Meghan Markle’s $14m Montecito mansion, the Duke instead made the one-hour journey to the exclusive San Ysidro Ranch in California.
But while ordinary rooms at the Hollywood hideout start from $2,595 per night, the red carpet was rolled out for the royal father-of-two - who made himself at home in the complex’s lavish Churchill Cottage.
A glimpse inside Churchill Cottage - which costs $7k-a-night to rent - shows the lavish holiday home has been kitted out with chic rustic interiors, including antique-looking chairs and tables which are offset by the ornate chandeliers
Harold has always has been a sponger, living off the largesse of others, starting with his sex, drugs and clubbing days but, that Meg has “polished” him, it seems that his requirements have become more expensive.
When the former duke and duchess were cut off financially from the royal family shortly after moving to California (and, as we learned via the interview, denied security), they had limited options as to where they could stay. Fortunately, entertainment mogul Tyler Perry lent the couple his $18 million mansion in Beverly Hills — and provided them with much-needed security.
The 24,545 square foot Mediterranean-style mansion sits on a 22 acre lot in a gated community of just 14 houses, with a guard on duty 24/7. The home was built in 2012, eight years after Perry reportedly purchased the property in 2004 for $4.3 million, which is a pretty good deal considering the dwelling is currently worth $18 million, according to the county assessor.
The arrangement is rumored to have been finagled by Oprah, who happens to be the godmother of Tyler Perry’s son Aman. While Harry and Meghan lived in his Beverly Hills abode, Perry was working in Atlanta—where he once owned a 35,000 square foot Versailles-inspired mansion that now belongs to Steve Harvey.
Tyler Perry and Oprah are, of course, billionaires with substantial property portfolios - Harold and Meg aren’t - they may be mixing at the rich end but they’re living at the (comparatively) poor end, much, I would imagine to the chagrin of Meg, now living in Montecito “cottage”, which, AFAIK, has been not used for any interviews.