Police called to Prince Harry and Meghan's California home nine times in as many months
Harry Meghan Sussex
Police have been called to the home of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in California nine times in that many months. It did so on Thursday after the couple expressed concern over the decision to strip them of police protection around the clock.
Since the couple moved into the Montecito, Santa Barbara property last July, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office has responded to calls listed as phone inquiries, alarm activations, and property crimes.
The data obtained under the Freedom of Information Acts was released after the couple shared their security concerns in their television interview with Oprah Winfrey.
The 39-year-old Duchess announced that she had written letters urging the royal family not to take away her husband's personal protection officers and warned him of death threats.
She complained that her son Archie's loss of a title had put his safety and risk at risk, and said there was "no explanation" for the decision.
UK police protection for the Sussexes was withdrawn after they resigned from their royal duties following a meeting of the government agency responsible for overseeing royal and VIP protection.
The Prince of Wales then refused to pay the bill out of his own pocket.
Harry Meghan - BEN STANSALL / AFP
The Duke admitted that he "never thought" that he would have his security detail removed if they broke away from the monarchy.
He said, "I was born into this position. I inherited the risk. That was a shock to me."
The couple are now paying their own significant security bill. The cost is so high it is believed that this was the main reason behind their decision to do lucrative business deals with companies like Netflix and Spotify.
Officers were called home four times last July after the couple moved from Los Angeles to Montecito, where they lived temporarily after leaving Canada at the start of the pandemic.
One call is listed as a phone request, while the others are labeled as "alarm activations" and all came in the early hours of the morning.
An August request is listed as "Misc Priority Incdnt" while another alert occurred in November.
On Christmas Eve at 4:13 p.m., the sheriff's deputies were called into the property after a man allegedly entered the house.
The officers returned to the mansion at 2:44 pm on Boxing Day to receive a phone call listed under "Property Crimes".
37-year-old Nickolas Brooks was jailed for an offense and later released, the sheriff's office said.
The last call was on February 16 of this year at 2:21 am and is listed as alarm activation.
Representatives of the Sussexes declined to comment. A spokeswoman for the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office declined to provide further details about the calls.
The Duke explained his decision to leave Canada for the US in the early days of the pandemic to Ms. Winfrey: “The main concern when we were in Canada was in someone else's home and I was then briefly told it was safe will be removed. At that point, the world knew our exact location thanks to the Daily Mail.
“So suddenly I realized, 'Wait a minute, the borders could be closed, we're going to have our security removed, who knows how long the lockdown will last, the world knows where we are, it's not safe, it's not sure we probably have to get out of here '.'
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