A new report from The Guardian has shed light on the security concerns Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have had since moving into their Montecito home last July.
According to the newspaper, police have been called to the house nine times in as many months, responding to calls listed as phone requests, alarm activations and property crimes. In July alone, Santa Barbara police were called four times, with one call listed as a phone request, and others labelled "alarm activations," all occurring in the early hours.
On Christmas Eve, officers responded to a call about an alleged trespasser, Nicholas Brooks, and returned to the property the day after Christmas for a call listed as a "property crime," when they arrested Nickolas Brooks for misdemeanor trespassing when he was spotted at the mansion again. Brooks was later released. According to NBC, officers had issued a warning to Brooks on the first day he was seen on the property.
During the couple's Oprah interview this year, they spoke about the fears they had regarding security arrangements.
Prince Harry said at the time that when he announced the couple would be stepping back from royal duties, the royals cut him off financially, leaving him and his wife and son Archie with no security detail.
"I was born into this position. I inherited the risk. So that was a shock to me," he said.
"Their justification was a change in status," he added, explaining the change. "To which I pushed back and said, is there a change in threat or risk?"
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