Meghan Markle news latest: Prince Harry & Meg slapped with HUGE £100k 'council tax bill' on sprawling California mansion

Meghan & Harry have been slapped with HUGE six-figure "council tax" bill on their sprawling Montecito mansion.

According to the Sunday Mirror, documents from 2021-22 show that two payments of £51,978 were placed on their bills by Santa Barbara County – adding up to a whopping £103,995.

The first instalment of the tax bill was due on December 10, the second on February 1 – with a 10% penalty for any bills not paid by April 11.

A source told the publication: “The bill is a huge sum but it’s peanuts in relation to their earnings.”

The Duke of Sussex told the world he was “cut off financially” by the Royals when he sat down for his infamous interview with Oprah last year.

But Prince Charles’ annual report showed his youngest son received a “substantial” sum from him after Megxit.

Figures show he gave both the Sussexes and Cambridges a share of £4.45million, despite Harry claiming he had been hung out to dry by the Firm.

And Meghan and Harry have been raking it in thanks to a number of lucrative media deals with Netflix and Spotify – worth a combined payout of £130 million.

Read our Meghan Markle live blog for the latest news and gossip

  • Joseph Gamp

    Prince Andrew’s secret trips to visit the Queen

    A royal insider has claimed that Prince Andrew has been making secret visits to the Queen during the night to avoid being spotted by photographers.

    A royal insider has claimed the Duke of York has travelled repeatedly to Windsor Castle to speak to his mother.

    The royal source said that Prince Andrew has “apologised to the Queen” over the scandal.

    The source has also claimed: “Andrew has been very careful and is trying to keep out of sight.

    “He knows there are photographers in the daytime and his best chance to avoid them is after dark.

    “He knows he is meant to be keeping his head down and it’s a short trip, but he is extremely contrite and apologised to the Queen for all the trouble he has caused her.

    “He realises how serious this whole issue has been and the damage it has done to the monarchy.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    More on Kate & William’s upcoming tour of the Caribbean

    Kensington Palace said it was their first joint tour since the start of the pandemic, and they have asked to meet as many local people as possible.

    They will visit historic Mayan sites and celebrate the rich culture of the Garifuna community in Belize, as well as exploring the country’s biodiversity.

    In Jamaica, they will engage with the Jamaican Defence Force and celebrate the legacy of Bob Marley and other ground-breaking Jamaican musicians alongside potential stars of the future.

    In the Bahamas, the Cambridges visit a number of islands and experience a world famous junkanoo parade.

    A Kensington Palace spokeswoman said: “Throughout their visit, the duke and duchess will take the opportunity to commemorate Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee.

    “Their programme will also touch on a number of themes that are close to Their Royal Highnesses’ hearts and a key focus of their work with The Royal Foundation, including The Earthshot Prize, mental health and the importance of early childhood to lifelong outcomes.”

    She added: “Their Royal Highnesses are very much looking forward to the visit, which will be their first joint official overseas tour since the onset of COVID-19 in 2020.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    Piers Morgan reacts to Meghan & Harry’s NAACP award

    Former Good Morning Britain presenter Piers Morgan has strongly reacted to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry receiving the NAACP Image Awards.

    Sharing the tweet from People, Piers Morgan wrote: “Imagine giving these two an award when their only claim to fame is trashing their families on TV, ruthlessly exploiting their royal titles for vast financial gain, and preaching about equality and environment from their California mansion & private jets?

    “Hilarious.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    Sussexes facing £100,000 ‘council tax’ bill

    Prince Harry and Meghan Markle face a ‘council tax’ bill higher than £100,000 for their American mansion.

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex must pay two instalments of £51,978, totaling £103,995, documents reportedly revealed. 

    The fee is double what experts estimated and is based on the value of their mansion in California, the Sunday Mirror reported.

    They bought their nine-bed, 13-bathroom home for around £11.5million in June 2020.

    Harry and Meghan’s first payment was reportedly due on December 10 and the second was February 1, with a 10 per cent penalty for any bills unpaid by April 11.

    A source said: “The bill is a huge sum but it’s peanuts in relation to their earnings.”

    The property was bought for £17million by Russian businessman Sergey Grishin a decade before the Sussexes.

    Experts say the Tuscan-style mansion is now worth £19.4million. 

  • Joseph Gamp

    Prince Harry says he and Meghan were ‘brought together for a reason’

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry appeared on stage at the 53rd annual NAACP Image Awards to accept the president’s award.

    During his acceptance speech he said that himself and the Duchess “were brought together for a reason”.

    The couple received the prestigious accolade, which recognises “special achievement and distinguished public service”, at a ceremony in Los Angeles on Saturday.

    The Duke of Sussex told attendees: “I think it’s safe to say I come from a very different background to my incredible wife, yet our lives were brought together for a reason.

    “We share a commitment to a life of service, a responsibility to confront injustice and a belief that the most overlooked are often the most important to listen to.”

     Meghan Markle added: “I couldn’t be prouder that we’re doing this work together.”

    “We are so deeply humbled to be here in the company of such illustrious awardees.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    Sussex fans convinced they’re in line for Nobel Peace prize

    Fans of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are convinced the royal pair are in line for a Nobel Peace Prize. 

    Royal journalist Richard Eden tweeted that fans of the couple were messaging him to gloat about the “news”.

    On his social media, Eden wrote: “Prince Harry and Meghan’s cheerleaders are tweeting me – seriously – suggesting that, next, the couple will be nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.” 

    Underneath, one fan retaliated, saying: “You are really not going to tweet about the (civil rights group) NAACP award?

    “So why should someone follow your show if it’s biased and not covering news like this? You know the Nobel Peace is next right? Stay mad.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    Queen could have ‘bleak shadow’ cast over Jubilee

    A Labour MP has warned that The Queen could see a “bleak shadow” cast over her Platinum Jubilee if questions around whether taxpayer money was used to help Prince Andrew pay his settlement to Virginia Giuffre are left unanswered.

    Labour MP Andy McDonald warned last week he will be seeking reassurances that taxpayers’ money isn’t used to fund the Duke’s settlement.

    Mr McDonald told Sky News he would use “whatever opportunity” to “seek that assurance from the Government benches that there will be no call upon the public purse to pay up for this settlement.

    McDonald also said: “If he [Prince Andrew] wants to go to his mother for a bailout, then the taxpayer has got to be assured it’s not going to be coming out of their coffers. Simple as that.”

  • Louis Allwood

    Sussexes facing £100,000 ‘council tax’ bill

    Prince Harry and Meghan Markle face a 'council tax' bill higher than £100,000 for their American mansion.

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex must pay two instalments of £51,978, totaling £103,995, documents reportedly revealed. 

    The fee is double what experts estimated and is based on the value of their mansion in California, the Sunday Mirror reported.

    They bought their nine-bed, 13-bathroom home for around £11.5million in June 2020.

    Harry and Meghan’s first payment was reportedly due on December 10 and the second was February 1, with a 10 per cent penalty for any bills unpaid by April 11.

    A source said: “The bill is a huge sum but it’s peanuts in relation to their earnings.”

    The property was bought for £17million by Russian businessman Sergey Grishin a decade before the Sussexes.

    Experts say the Tuscan-style mansion is now worth £19.4million. 

  • Louis Allwood

    Meghan’s ‘extraordinary’ meeting with Queen before royal exit

    A royal commentator has claimed in a documentary that Meghan Markle had a “extraordinary” meeting with the Queen before her and Prince Harry’s bombshell exit from the Royal Family.

    The fallout and subsequent events are charted and examined in tonight’s Channel 5 documentary, ‘Harry & Meghan vs the Monarchy’, in which royal experts like Ashely Pearson discusses Megxit.

    In the programme, Ms Pearson describes first meeting Meghan had with Harry’s grandmother, the Queen.

    She said: “The meeting went extremely well.

    “It actually ran over, which is an extraordinary thing for the way the Queen keeps her schedule.

    “Meghan was warmly welcomed. Here she is – articulate, bright, intelligent, well-spoken, beautiful, elegant — what is not to like?”

  • Louis Allwood

    Harry & Meghan told to fight over Eugenie pics

    Prince Harry and Meghan have been told to sue after pictures emerged of the couple having dinner with Princess Eugenie while she was in the States.

    Mark Stephens, a media law specialist at Howard Kennedy, said: “They can sue. There was a case where Paul Weller sued. He was sitting outside a restaurant in Santa Monica with his children and he sued for privacy in the UK.”

    Mr Stephens, speaking to Newsweek, added: “They’ll sue whoever published them in the UK, that’s for sure.

    “I don’t know whether they can get TMZ here, but it will be worth a go.”

  • Louis Allwood

    Prince Harry says he and Meghan were 'brought together for a reason'

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry appeared on stage at the 53rd annual NAACP Image Awards to accept the president's award.

    During his acceptance speech he said that himself and the Duchess “were brought together for a reason”.

    The couple received the prestigious accolade, which recognises “special achievement and distinguished public service”, at a ceremony in Los Angeles on Saturday.

    The Duke of Sussex told attendees: “I think it’s safe to say I come from a very different background to my incredible wife, yet our lives were brought together for a reason.

    “We share a commitment to a life of service, a responsibility to confront injustice and a belief that the most overlooked are often the most important to listen to.”

     Meghan Markle added: “I couldn’t be prouder that we’re doing this work together.”

    “We are so deeply humbled to be here in the company of such illustrious awardees.”

  • Louis Allwood

    Harry and Meghan's plan to outflank the royal family

    The Sussexes, who took a step back from the working royals, are striving to be seen as the members of the firm 'who care' ommentator Eric Schiffer suggested.

    The American PR expert has claimed: "They (Harry and Meghan) are going to own the hearts and minds of Gen Z and millennials. They will be seen as the real royals, who care. They are trying to outflank the Royal Family.

    "They are trying to do the work of what the Royal Family typically is about, which is about optimising society and helping to make society that much more uplifted in many ways – whether that is emotional or culturally."

    He has also said that their Spotify and Netflix media deals, are ideal to tighten their "relationships with Gen Z and millennials", something that happens "whenever you can take the mask of celebrity off, especially if you are positioned at a high level and are able to show your heart and speak about things that are true for you authentically".

    He added: "They have zeroed in on the future of the monarchy, which is the youth of the world."

  • Louis Allwood

    Expert calls Meghan Markle ‘most inspirational Royal’

    Lawyer and activist Dr. Shola Mos-Shogbamimu said in an exclusive chat with The Daily Express that she sees Meghan Markle as the most inspirational royal, but the Queen as the most influential.

    “I don’t think Meghan is a past royal,” she said.

    “She’s still royal, as she’s married to the Duke of Sussex, who is the grandson of the Queen – so she is absolutely still royal. Is she inspiring? I think so.”

    Mos-Shogbamimu continued to say: “It’s on a larger scale for Meghan because she’s got the global eye amplified to her. But what they are doing to her is what they do to us, too.”

    Discussing The Duchesses way of life before entering The Firm, Dr. Shola said: “Meghan was an independent woman and a millionaire before she met Harry. Therefore, they weren’t giving her anything that she didn’t already have. So I would definitely say that Meghan, in 2022, is the most inspirational royal.”

    “I think Harry probably wanted to do more and wanted more flexibility,” she also said. “Meghan being in his life gave him the wings he needed to fly.”

  • Louis Allwood

    Meghan’s most influential hairstyle

    Meghan Markle’s wedding hairstyle has been crowned the most influential royal hairstyle on record.

    The study conducted by hair experts Longevita, analysed Google trends data, dating from 2004 to present day to establish which royal hairstyle has been the most influential.

    • Meghan Markle has the most influential royal hairstyle on record, with her wedding look being searches for royal hairstyles rising 244% above average during her wedding
    • Kate Middleton’s wedding hairstyle is the second most influential, being searched 217% above average
    • The third most influential royal hairstyle was from May 2020 where Kate Middleton clapped for carers in a video, with loose beach waves.
    • Meghan’s up-do for her interview with Oprah Winfrey makes the top ten

    Harry acknowledges people of Ukraine at NAACP award

    Taking to the stage to receive the prestigious award, Prince Harry took a moment to acknowledge the people of Ukraine.

    He said: “Before I begin, we would like to acknowledge the people of Ukraine, who urgently need our continued support as a global community.”

    The Duke of Sussex then went on to thank the NAACP for the award, saying: “I also echo the immense gratitude for tonight, both for this award and this community for welcoming me so warmly.

    “I think it’s safe to say that I come from a very different background from my incredible wife, yet our lives were brought together for a reason.

    “We share a commitment to a life of service, a responsibility to confront injustice and a belief that the most often overlooked are the most important to listen to.”

    • Louis Allwood

      Odds halved on Meghan becoming President

      Leading bookmaker Coral now prices it as 50-1 (cut from 100-1) that Meghan Markle becomes President of the United States at any point in the future.

      Coral have a host of special politics markets available online, with Gary Neville priced at 100-1 to become UK Prime Minister in the future and Piers Morgan twice the price at 200-1 for the same role.

      “Meghan Markle is now a 50-1 shot in our betting markets to become US President at any point in the future, and we have certainly seen events come true with much larger odds,” said Coral’s Harry Aitkenhead.

      “Gary Neville is 100-1 to be PM of the United Kingdom one day, twice as likely as Piers Morgan is for the role at any point in the future,” added Aitkenhead.

    • Louis Allwood

      Sussex fans convinced they’re in line for Nobel Peace prize

      Fans of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are convinced the royal pair are in line for a Nobel Peace Prize. 

      Royal journalist Richard Eden tweeted that fans of the couple were messaging him to gloat about the “news”.

      On his social media, Eden wrote: “Prince Harry and Meghan’s cheerleaders are tweeting me – seriously – suggesting that, next, the couple will be nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.” 

      Underneath, one fan retaliated, saying: “You are really not going to tweet about the (civil rights group) NAACP award?

      “So why should someone follow your show if it’s biased and not covering news like this? You know the Nobel Peace is next right? Stay mad.”

    • Louis Allwood

      Meghan Markle left Camilla ‘very upset’

      Camilla was reported to have been left “very upset” after photos of Meghan Markle were released as she gave a landmark speech in 2020, to mark the 10th anniversary of the Women of the World Festival in London.

      Meghan was said to have broken a pledge not to overshadow Camilla’s campaign by having the pictures of her private visit to the National Theatre be published the same day.

      One well-placed insider said at the time: “Camilla’s work is very important to her and her decision to highlight the scourge of domestic violence at the 10th ­anniversary of Women of the World was a carefully thought-out plan.

      “Over the last four years, she has worked tirelessly, mostly behind the scenes but to great effect, to use her ­platform and personal experiences to highlight the issue and help sufferers.

      “Of course, it was known Harry and Meghan would be doing engagements this week, some privately, but everyone was in agreement that Camilla’s speech should take precedence. ­Unfortunately some people had other ideas.”

    • Louis Allwood

      Harry’s diet changes could be ‘indicative of Meghan influence’

      Behavioural expert Darren Stanton has analysed the Royal family’s preferred food choices, on behalf of UK coffee retailer Coffee Friend, and reveals what their tastes suggest about their different personality traits, from Kate Middleton’s ‘relatable’ hearty dishes to Prince Harry’s love of a ‘nostalgic’ Sunday roast. 

      He also comments on Harry’s decision to ditch his love of junk foods for healthier alternatives now he’s living in LA, stating: “Harry’s change in diet could be indicative of Meghan’s influence on him within their relationship to be more adventurous.”

      Stanton says: “In recent years, it’s reported Harry has ditched junk food, including pizza, and is now embracing the Californian lifestyle by eating healthier foods, like plenty of fruit, and sipping on green smoothies…

      “Harry’s change in diet could be indicative of Meghan’s influence on him within their relationship to be more adventurous. Despite moving Stateside, however, Harry still longs for a touch of tradition and is said to love a Sunday roast, with him and Meghan often cooking a roasted chicken together. A typically British dish, not only is this reflective of a home connection he still holds dear, suggesting he misses parts of his life back in the UK, but also signifies how Harry chases feelings of nostalgia too.”

    • Louis Allwood

      Harry & Meghan told to fight over Eugenie pics

      Prince Harry and Meghan have been told to sue after pictures emerged of the couple having dinner with Princess Eugenie while she was in the States.

      Mark Stephens, a media law specialist at Howard Kennedy, said: “They can sue. There was a case where Paul Weller sued. He was sitting outside a restaurant in Santa Monica with his children and he sued for privacy in the UK.”

      Mr Stephens, speaking to Newsweek, added: “They’ll sue whoever published them in the UK, that’s for sure.

      “I don’t know whether they can get TMZ here, but it will be worth a go.”

    • Louis Allwood

      Harry’s memoir & who’s really excited about reading it

      The golden era of the royal family seems to be long forgotten and though many are still fans of the Queen, do we care about Prince Harry’s memoir?

      The book, published by Penguin Random House, is set to be released this year.

      A lot of the prince’s life seems familiar to the public, but so much has happened that the Duke of Sussex wants to explain.

      He and his wife, Meghan Markle, a successful actress in her own right, left the UK for the US in a bid to gain privacy from the press.

      According to YouGov, though a quarter (25%) of Americans would be interested in reading the memoir compared to only 14% of Britons.

    • Louis Allwood

      Harry’s Super Bowl appearance labelled not as ‘important’

      The Duke of Sussex was joined by his cousin Princess Eugenie in California earlier this month as they Super Bowl together at Los Angeles’ SoFi Stadium.

      Harry has been described as not as “important or relevant” in the US compared to the UK after photos were shared of him at the event.

      Body language expert Dr Lillian Glass, said the two looked “confused” as they watched the game, and highlighted Harry’s “irrelevancy” in America.

      She told Express.co.uk: “In the US Harry isn’t considered as important or relevant as he seems to be in the UK and bringing Eugenie as opposed to Meghan [to the Super Bowl] reflects that irrelevancy.”

      She added: “It was confusing as well as suspicious that he took Eugenie to the Superbowl as opposed to Meghan.

      “Harry could have taken both Meghan and Eugenie to the game, so it seemed rather odd that he would not bring Meghan to such an especially high-profile event where the world would be watching.”

    • Louis Allwood

      Fans have urged Prince Charles to protect Harry

      Sussex fans have urged Prince Charles to protect his son as the row over Prince Harry’s UK security continues. The Duke of Sussex is making a claim against a Home Office decision that ruled he was not allowed to pay for police protection for himself.

      Taking to Twitter, Sussex fan defended Harry, with a lot of fans takingswipe at Prince Charles.

      One user wrote: “His father is about to be king. Protect him.”

      Another said: wrote: “Imagine if Charles, just this once, showed support for his son and his two small grandchildren. A little letter of support from him can make the difference. I could never be that kind of parent… God forbid.”

      In a statement released late Saturday evening, Prince Harry’s legal spokesperson wrote: “The UK will always be Prince Harry’s home and a country he wants his wife and children to be safe in… With the lack of police protection comes too great a personal risk.”

    • Louis Allwood

      Royal fans congratulate the Sussexes on award

      Royal fans took to social media to congratulate Meghan Markle and Prince Harry on receiving the NAACP award, and the royal couple said they “feel very proud” after receiving the President’s Award.

      Sussex royal fans took to social media to congratulate them.

      One said: “OMG I been waiting all day! I cannot wait. Our Meghan and Harry fully appreciated and recognised. I just love the NAACP so much for this! Nobel Prize next please!”

      Another fan said it was a: “very well deserved honor to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex”.

      And a third wrote: “That is how it should be, Service is Universal.”

    • Louis Allwood

      Meghan & Harry ‘deeply humbled’ to accept NAACP award

      MEGHAN MARKLE and Prince Harry were awarded the NAACP award yesterday for their humanitarian work and “distinguished public service”.

      In particular, it is their at work a Texas women’s shelter, promoting vaccine equity and creating community relief centres with World Central Kitchen that won them the award.

      In a social media post, the NAACP Image Awards, tweeted: “Congratulations to our President’s Award recipients Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex. #NAACPImageAwards.”

      Taking to the stage to receive the award, the Duchess of Sussex said: “It’s inspiring to think about the legacy of the Image Awards, which began shortly after the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 were passed into law.

      “Today, we can continue that legacy by re-establishing federal voting protections in our country and fulfilling the work of civil rights giants, like the late John Lewis.

      “We are so deeply humbled to be here in the company of so many illustrious awardees.”

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