After the rumors began, a Hope Ranch realtor told the New York Post that residents are concerned the pair, who left the royal family in 2020, will cause chaos in their quiet community. “The people that made the calls to me don’t want change and they don’t want all the hoopla,” the realtor told the outlet.
“People are not happy, that’s the word around town. They want them to stay in Montecito and not be drawing that kind of attention to Hope Ranch,” another realtor added.
"Locals are worried" that Harry, 38, and Meghan, 41, that Hope Ranch will turn into an "extension of Montecito."
Hope Ranch residents have also not heard the best things from Harry and Meghan's neighbors in Montecito, where they moved to in 2021.
One insider claimed the duo asked how they could shut down a public road.
“It is really not right for streets to be closed down and things to be closed down. And that’s been very disruptive to a small beach community that’s used to being private,” the employee said. “People pay a lot of money to live here, you know.”
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"Introducing some very high profile people [like Harry and Meghan] would totally change the area. That’s definitely not something that [locals] want and I think [the homeowners’ association] would fight hard against it,” said a resident of Hope Ranch. "The heads of the HOA are careful about keeping it that way and preserving privacy — that’s the No. 1 appeal of Hope Ranch. We’re the only ones in the area with a private beach."
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As OK! previously reported, the pair are potentially considering relocating to Malibu as well.
"Harry and Meghan are reviewing their living options with Malibu being a place of interest," another insider dished. "They have secretly visited the area a couple of times and have been out and about, looking at what's there."
"And Meghan knows parts of the region from being there as a kid," the source added of Malibu. "It is uncertain if they will sell Montecito or just add a Malibu spot to buy. The move consideration comes as Meghan is shifting gears and focus back to Hollywood with WME."