The Daily Mail and the Sun have some news about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s security situation in Montecito. I understand that they likely got this information through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to the Santa Barbara police department, but I also think it’s extremely weird to see the British tabloids reporting on sh-t they are conceivably doing to the Sussexes. As in, the tabloid photographers – or independent-contractor paparazzi – are the ones breaching the Sussexes’ security, then those same outlets report on the “security threats.” Of course, Harry and Meghan face bigger dangers than the media outlets which are actively trying to harm them – there are genuinely crazed lunatics and violent white supremacists out to get the Sussexes too. All in all, I’m not surprised that the Santa Barbara police have had to answer recent intruder alarms at Harry and Meghan’s home.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle recently dealt with two separate intruder alarms that were triggered at their California home less than two weeks apart this past May, marking the sixth time in the last 14 months their home’s security alarm has gone off.
Meghan and Harry were believed to be at the $14 million mansion in the town of Montecito with their children, two-year-old Archie and one-year-old Lilibet, when the most recent incidents occurred. Police in Santa Barbara, which handles the law in Montecito, were reportedly dispatched to the home on May 19 at 5:44 p.m. – notably the couple’s fourth wedding anniversary.
Just 12 days later, on May 31, just hours before Harry and Meghan were set to board a private jet from California to the UK for Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee, they responded to another intruder alert. The May intrusions were recorded as trespassing, property crimes and ‘suspicious circumstances’ by police. Santa Barbara authorities have had to deal with a half-dozen security calls to their home in the last 14 months, according to The Sun.
The news comes the same day the Duke of Sussex won a bid to bring a High Court claim against the UK government over his security arrangements while in his home country. Harry is taking legal action over a decision not to allow him to pay for police protection for himself and his family when visiting from north America.
[From The Daily Mail]
The Mail attaching the news about Montecito security to the British security case is interesting. It’s almost as if the papers are acknowledging that the Sussexes actually do need security wherever they go? That probably wasn’t the point of mentioning it though. The point was probably “Harry would be much safer if he just returned home and took up his royal duties as William’s fall guy.” As for the Sussexes’ security in Montecito… all I’m getting from the reporting is that Harry and Meghan are creating a paper trail. They’re getting the police involved, they’re creating multiple cases for trespassing, suspicious circumstances, etc. What happens if someone from one of the British tabloids is arrested on the Sussexes’ property?
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