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Home Sweet Home: Harry and Meghan appear in Zoom interviews from their new $ 14.7 million Montecito mansion


Prince Harry and Meghan Markle shared a glimpse into their $ 14.7 million California mansion while taking part in Zoom calls to encourage compassion.

The Duke of Sussex, 35, spoke to athletes participating in his Invictus Games competition today to describe the importance of signing up for one another.

Harry's mental health talk comes from the 14,563-square-foot home in a palm-fringed Montecito after his wife whipped up media "toxicity" in a separate video conference.

38-year-old Meghan was referring to her "personal experiences over the past few years" yesterday when speaking at a virtual conference for "The 19th Representates" marking the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage.

"There is so much toxicity in what is referred to as 'my husband' and I talk a lot about bringing it to the attention of the economy," she said. “That is what can be monetized right now.

"So if you're just trying to get someone's attention, you're trying to do something conspicuous about what is true."

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Prince Harry (pictured) appears to have made a surprise appearance at his new $ 14.7 million Montecito mansion during a video call with Invictus Games competitor

Harry's appearance comes after Meghan seemed to give fans a glimpse of the couple's dream home in California - with views of the rolling hills of Montecito and vintage-inspired furniture (pictured)

Harry's appearance comes after Meghan seemed to give fans a glimpse into the couple's dream home in California – with views of rolling Montecito hills and vintage-inspired furniture (pictured)

The Duke of Sussex, 35, recently moved into the sprawling nine-bedroom, 16-bathroom home in upscale Montecito, Santa Barbara with his wife Meghan Markle and their son Archie, now one (pictured)

The Duke of Sussex, 35, recently moved into the sprawling nine-bedroom, 16-bathroom home in upscale Montecito, Santa Barbara with his wife Meghan Markle and their son Archie, now one (pictured)

Today, Prince Harry joined the competition after participating in a virtual "At Home Superhero Tri" in which UK and Australian members completed different stages of a triathlon in different countries.

Harry was joined by Invictus Games medalist JJ Chalmers as well as Bruno, Mark and Jen, each of whom had accumulated many kilometers in the past few weeks.

During their ten-minute conversation, Harry discussed the importance of having an online community so that everyone can stay in touch.

“It is so important to know if you have had a bad day, had a bad week, or have experienced more trauma or other loss or more stress in your life, your fingertips, whether it is a WhatsApp group, whether it is it's an online support group or whatever, or just the Invictus community, you always have one, not even one, you have at least a handful of people that can reach you. & # 39;

The king added, “All of us may want or feel the comfort of knowing we have it in case we need it.

The palatial 10-hectare residence was originally launched in May 2014 for $ 36 million

The palatial 10-hectare residence was originally launched in May 2014 for $ 36 million

The house was built in 2003. The property has extensive lawns, tiered rose gardens, tall Italian cypress trees, lavender in bloom, centuries-old olive trees, a tennis court, tea house, children's house and pool

The house was built in 2003. The property has extensive lawns, tiered rose gardens, tall Italian cypress trees, lavender in bloom, centuries-old olive trees, a tennis court, tea house, children's house and pool

Harry and Meghan moved to the star-studded neighborhood in California

Harry and Meghan moved to the star-studded neighborhood in California

“I think more than anything else we address you have the jokes. And you know the first thing to do is check if you haven't heard from someone in a while.

"Just because your life is somehow on the right track and everything is going according to plan, there are other people you may not have heard of."

He continued, "You might just answer" Yeah, I'm fine. "But you're the one who dig a little deeper and say," Good isn't the answer I've been looking for. I actually ask how are you guys? "

& # 39; And it's stressful. The injuries you sustained anyway are part of it, but how everyone is forced to live now is really, really different. & # 39;

The Invictus Games, which brings together current and former wounded, injured or sick soldiers and women from more than 20 countries, should take place in The Hague this year.

However, the competition was postponed due to the corona virus, but the Duke excitedly revealed in the clip that the "dates of the new games have now been set".

Harry's positive message for the athletes comes after Meghan gave her own compassionate advice from her mansion yesterday.

In a clip posted on the competition's Instagram page today, Harry (picture below right) appeared via video link to discuss the importance of their online community with members of the multi-sport event founded by the Royal in 2014

In a clip posted on the competition's Instagram page today, Harry (bottom right image) appeared via video link to discuss the importance of their online community with members of the multi-sport event founded by the Royal in 2014

Harry (seen below left) also touched on the power of sport before suggesting that it is imperative to double-check "even if your life is on the right track".

Harry (seen below left) also touched on the power of sport before suggesting that it is imperative to double-check "even if your life is on the right track".

She spoke to Co-Founder and Executive Director of The 19th Represents Emily Ramshaw for the 2020 Virtual Summit when she touched the state of the art in modern journalism.

Describing how her "personal experience over the past couple of years" has changed her view of the media, she noted that both she and Prince Harry felt that too much emphasis was placed on "brutal" details.

It's another chapter in the couple's war on the media, and comes days after the publication of a flattering "unauthorized" biography of Harry and Meghan Finding Freedom, which contains a host of intimate information about the couple from an army of anonymous friends and sources.

The couple insists they weren't interviewed for Finding Freedom, though a note from the authors at the back of the book seems to recognize involvement from Harry and Meghan – which one writer calls "a few words on engagements" rather than "a couple." Words "dismissed. full interview & # 39 ;.

Details of voicemails Meghan sent to her father and tense conversations between Harry and William were published in the book, which authors say was based on interviews with more than 100 sources, including "close friends of Harry and Meghan, royal aides and palace staff “(Past and present) & # 39 ;.

Interview: The 38-year-old Duchess of Sussex attended a virtual summit today where she interviewed Emily Ramshaw, Co-Founder and CEO of The 19th *

Interview: The 38-year-old Duchess of Sussex attended a virtual summit today where she interviewed Emily Ramshaw, Co-Founder and CEO of The 19th *

Clickbait: Meghan discussed how clickbait headlines make an impact, calling on news organizations that print what is "violent versus true".

Clickbait: Meghan discussed how clickbait headlines make an impact, calling on news organizations that print what is "violent versus true".

During yesterday's Q&A, Meghan discussed how much influence the media can have – and that much of that influence can come from a single person or place.

"What's so intriguing, at least from my point of view and personal experience over the past few years, is that the headline alone, the clickbait alone, makes an impression," she said.

“It's part of how we see the world, how we interact with other people.

"There is so much toxicity in what is referred to as 'my husband' and I often talk about bringing it to the attention of the economy," she continued. “That is what can be monetized right now.

“So if you are just trying to get someone's attention, you are trying to do something conspicuous about what is true.

“And I think once we can go back to the place where what you create is so important, where people are just telling the truth in their coverage and telling it through a compassionate and empathetic lens, it will help to bind people.

"It will build a community in a way that I think we feel a lot more of right now than a separation in a room that could be another connection."

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex compete in a wheelchair tennis game during the 2017 Invictus Games in Canada

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex compete in a wheelchair tennis game during the 2017 Invictus Games in Canada

Meghan hopes The 19th, which describes itself as "a nonprofit, impartial newsroom at the intersection of gender, politics and politics," will lead the way in the type of reporting she wants to see.

Yesterday's interview was Meghan's second appearance at a virtual summit in recent weeks after speaking to young women around the world for the UN's Girl Up initiative last month.

In the months since moving to Los Angeles when the lockdown began, the Duchess of Sussex has only made a handful of virtual appearances.

Immediately after the death of the Black Lives Matter protests sparked by the death of George Floyd, Meghan delivered a speech on racial equality and justice to the senior class of her former high school.

She also joined Prince Harry for a virtual panel discussion with young Commonwealth leaders.

Harry credits the sport for helping "bring people back from the darkest places," as it appeared in a recent Netflix documentary recently

Harry credited the sport for helping bring people back "from the darkest places," as featured in a recent Netflix documentary

An inexpensive palace … but running costs could reach $ 4.4 million a year

Harry and Meghan bought their new home for $ 14.7 million, a steal compared to its previous sale price of more than $ 25 million and a previous listing of $ 34 million.

However, the mansion has its own bills, which can be up to $ 4.4 million per year.

Mortgage: $ 480,000 per year

The couple received a $ 9.5 million mortgage on the house for $ 14.7 million, suggesting a down payment of approximately $ 5.2 million has been made.

At typical Bank of America rates, the couple would have to pay about $ 40,000 per month or $ 480,000 per year to repay their $ 9.5 million mortgage over a 30 year period.

REAL ESTATE TAX: $ 68,000 PER YEAR

Financial technology firm SmartAsset estimates a $ 14.7 million home in Montecito, California would cost approximately $ 68,000 in property tax annually.

The tax is based on the home purchase price but is also influenced by other variables such as the rate of inflation.

EMPLOYEES: $ 300,000 PER YEAR

Harry and Meghan have not disclosed what type of staff they will employ, but a full-time staff made up of cooks, gardeners and housekeepers would come with a heavy bill.

Christopher Baker, who runs a company that supplies domestic workers in California, told the Hollywood Reporter in 2015 that A-List celebrity staff can cost $ 200,000 to $ 300,000 a year or even more.

BENEFIT: $ 24,000 PER YEAR

According to the Numbeo Cost of Living Database, utility bills for a 3,000 square foot home in Santa Barbara County are typically about $ 200 per month.

Harry and Meghan's mansion is more than ten times larger, suggesting a possible bill of at least $ 2,000 a month or $ 24,000 a year. Justin Rubinstein of real estate company Compass told Business Insider last year that utility bills of $ 2,000 to $ 3,000 per month are typical for large mansions.

SECURITY: $ 3.3 MILLION PER YEAR

Harry and Meghan had reportedly hired earlier this year $ 9,000 a day security company GDBA to keep them safe in Los Angeles.

If GDBA stopped at that price 365 days a year, Harry and Meghan would be billed for $ 3.3 million just for security reasons.

GDBA is headed by Gavin de Becker, a security expert and former adviser to the President who was previously hired as a private investigator by Jeff Bezos.

The company provides "well-trained, well-screened" security guards who control access to the homes of the rich and powerful. His thousands of clients include "90+ of the World's Most Recognized Families and People at Risk" Tom Hanks and Madonna.

Total: $ 4.4 million per year

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