Tourists, paparazzi & helicopters swarm Montecito following the Sussexes’ move

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle pay a visit to Johannesburg

Months ago, there were stories about British paparazzi coming into LA specifically to work the Sussex beat. There were also stories about each British tabloid wanting their own independently-contracted paparazzo on the Sussex beat. My point is that the British tabloids were willing to spend a lot of money to keep harassing the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, and to make their lives miserable. The paparazzi already flew drones over Tyler Perry’s mansion and cut holes in the fence and more. Which is one of the reasons why I’ve been worried about the Sussexes’ move to Montecito, a quiet, mostly-pap-free enclave for the rich and famous. Huge celebrities have homes in the area, but it’s different for Harry and Meghan. They just have a different kind of target on their backs. And wouldn’t you know, the paps are already causing drama:

Here’s what Montecito residents are finding out about their new neighbors, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle … wherever they go, tourists, helicopters and paparazzi follow. The quiet little town outside Santa Barbara is still buzzing about its newest residents, who moved into a multi-million dollar mansion, but some locals are already getting fed up with the area’s new normal. Harry and Meghan haven’t even been seen in public, and their mere presence is driving folks wild … not because of them, but because of the influx of paparazzi on the hunt for the shot.

The scene on the ground is pretty hectic, especially for an affluent area that’s supposed to be an enclave for celebs looking to escape the limelight … choppers are zooming over Harry and Meghan’s hood, sometimes 4 times a day, and paps are staking out their home and a nearby shopping center. The wayward royals are also attracting tourists … we’re told more visitors are showing up in town and asking local shop owners if they’ve seen Harry and Meghan.

Montecito is famously known as a no-paparazzi zone — Ellen DeGeneres, Oprah, Rob Lowe, Carol Burnett, Jane Lynch and the Kardashians have no problem dining out and shopping in on the low — but everything’s changed since the Duke and Duchess of Sussex moved in. Most locals tell us they want the paps to give it a rest, because they feel things are getting to the point where everyone’s privacy is being compromised, and they’re super annoyed.

Locals are bracing for the worst … they’re expecting Harry and Meghan to finally venture out after the pandemic, which they fear will amp things up in a big way.

[From TMZ]

I mean, this was going to be true no matter where they lived. If they moved to Manhattan, it would be a madhouse outside of their apartment building or townhouse. If they moved to the Hamptons, there would be mad beach scenes. And on and on. Once again, I feel like this is more Harry’s thing, this is his idea of “protecting” his family – he thought he could move them out of LA, move them to a ritzy, private enclave and maybe that would work. But it probably won’t. I hope H&M’s neighbors don’t blame them, because you know many of those neighbors are bitchy old-money types who think all of this sh-t is gauche.

Baby2Baby released this video of H&M volunteering:

Photos courtesy of Backgrid, Avalon Red.

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  1. Priscila says:

    I thought they were irrelevant?

    Hopefully it will calm down…but seeing that the Cambridges are dull, I do think it might take a while. But yeah, even if they were on a secluded island, the cameras would find them.

    Harry must be livid!

    • Heat says:

      Even if the Cambridges weren’t “dull”, H & M are big news in the paparazzi world. As long as every gossip site and news outlet posts about them, and gains “traffic” on posts about their lives, they will be worth money to the paps.
      I feel so bad for them; I wonder if they regret their decision to leave the RF, on the sole basis that it has created even more media scrutiny than they suffered before.

      • Sid says:

        I don’t think the media scrutiny is that much worse than the crap they were already dealing with in the UK, where they had to move out of an entire house because the media took intrusive pictures of the interior. So far, we’ve only seen a few paparazzi shots of them since they moved out of the UK. Allegedly, according to TMZ, the helicopters and paparazzi have swarmed Montecito, but we’ve yet to see any photos of them on or near their property. Since the move to Montecito they’ve managed to go into L.A. at least twice for an event and not a single paparazzi caught them. Meghan went out somewhere to interview Ms. Steinem and no one knew until it was released. And once the wealthy residents and local government start flexing their power and figure out a way to deal with any really aggressive paps, it will be a wrap.

  2. Becks1 says:

    Ugh. This WAS going to happen wherever they moved, but its still annoying and infuriating that it happened like clockwork here. I’m hoping that after the pandemic, when they ARE out and about more, the paps wont be as obsessed with getting “the shot” of them. I don’t think they’ll hide at home so hopefully some of the interest in them in terms of “OMG THEY WENT FOR A WALK!” will die down. But probably not unless the British tabs have something more interesting to write about…..

    • CarbnFtPrnt says:

      They’re basically trying to corral them back to England. Make everywhere uninhabitable until they get them back in the ‘prison’. I’m sure the tabs will find someone somewhere in that town who will blame H&M and it will be front page news. In general I think most are sensible enough to know it’s not H&M’s fault

      • Becks1 says:

        Yes, even the quotes in the DM article from the locals seem to be blaming the paps and the tabloids, not H&M, so hopefully that continues. I think as long as they just live their lives people will understand that the press (tabloid) attention is really out of their control. Like someone said below the locals on Vancouver Island seemed to rally around them and were protective of them, and I think part of that is because H&M were being very low-key. If they were having huge parties every night and inviting lots of celebs to come visit I think the reaction would be different, but that obviously wasn’t what happened. And I think we’ll see the same sort of reaction from Montecito residents.

      • Watson says:

        Totally agree. If they wanted complete privacy they should have stayed on Vancouver island. Island people aren’t generally into any celebrity culture. Seeing them rally round the Sussex’s was/is on brand. They have values.

        However, that’s not possible given their line of work. They need the celebrity and political connections and access that living in California would bring. Seeing them being hounded is so sad.

      • Ginger says:

        @Watson and neither are Canadian citizens.

      • Tealie says:

        @Watson The same thing happened on Vancouver Island which is why they moved after six weeks; drones, helicopters, paparazzi, telephoto lenses, the lot were delopyed onto the area after the British Press found out. I don’t think it is the US or Canadian media or the locals/neighbours for that matter who seem to spot them, but not take pictures or follow them, it’s the likes of the Daily Mail, Sun etc that have deployed and flown people over to stake them out. TMZ already said they’re not going to bother because of how private their property is and the stringent Santa Barbra paparazzi and aircraft laws (which is saying something). But the British press are ruthless. Let’s not forget they hacked a dead girls phone and chased Diana to her death and then took pictures of her as she was dying instead of calling for help. Boundaries and laws to them don’t exist.

      • Likeyoucare says:

        Its like some organization conspire to make their lives a living hell so that H&M will run away back to the royal protection.

    • Yup, Me says:

      Unfortunately, the “something interesting” will never be Beth Blanderson and Mayo Mike of Cambridge fame – which is who they need it to be. So they’re pretty SOL.

      • NatureLover says:

        @ Watson, I disagree with you that they moved to CA for the connections of celebrities and political people. This is Meghans hometown. They moved there for probably the reasons that I mentioned and the fact that her mother is there. I am disheartened that you believe that it was for 2 reasons for their move solely for their efforts to expand their connections. Harry and Meghan could be on Mars, and they would still not have a need for close proximity to these 2 groups of people.
        As for the flyovers, can’t the the city officials ban unauthorized flights over their property? They have the capability to monitor the flyovers, just secure a proposal that any unauthorized flyovers, by helicopters or drones, are fined outrageous amounts of money. As for the drones, strike them down or try to capture the controls or take property of them. Outrageous fines compiled with fines for inquiries would also deter the invasion of these vultures from Daily Bullies and other UK affiliates. As for camping out in the neighborhood, place an officer or post signs and surveillance that any unauthorized vehicles will face instant
        forfeiture to those vehicles caught loitering/stalking which is what they are all doing. That, including outrageous fines, I think, would at least cause some form of discouraging these vultures from causing chaos and disruption to all of the towns citizens.

  3. Ginger says:

    They did that Baby2Baby event with no one knowing and Meghan had that discussion with Gloria Steinem in her backyard with no one knowing. They are able to move privately.
    I think they are trying to make things difficult so Harry and Meghan will move back to the U.K. ( even though cameras follow them there as well)

    • Chelsea says:

      When they were in LA the Dailyfail tried to scare them by saying their neighborhood in Beverly Hills was full of “old money” that wouldn’t like disturbance yet we heard no stories of their neighbors having issues with them. Just the opposite.

      Similarly when they were in that small community in Vancouver Island the press talked about how there was a huge disturbance when paps arrived only for the community to rally around H&M and in some instances refuse service to the paps.

      The media does this to try intimidate them and make them feel unwelcome wherever they are but so far their neighbors in North America have not gone along with the BS. Given how many high profile friends they have in the area(Oprah, Ellen, Nacho, etc) I dont see them getting run out of town just because more paparazzi have shown up especially since they’ve probably increased the value of real estate and tourism by being there.

      • Lindas says:

        I doubt they have increased the value of real estate. Maybe the opposite. Celebrities and old money people dont want to be in this circus. And I doubt they want more tourism there. They just want the usual people who live there and spend a lot of money not tourists that just come to lurk around

      • Tealie says:

        @ Lindas Whether you like it or not Linda (which seems like not) high-profile celebrities buying property anywhere raises prices significantly for tourism even if it’s just outsiders going to coffee shops and to businesses in hopes of bumping into them for people wanting to bump into them. I used to live in an area of London in the 90s where Tom Cruise and Madonna we’re thinking of buying (separately lol) and it wasn’t THAT popular an area but it was very nice (upper middle class) and just the suggestion of them going buy there helped raise the house prices significantly and caused an influx of other rich people to move in, because it signified (a bit different to Santabara because other rich people already live there) to other rich people that it was a safe and worth place to move in, and can put a place on the map.

      • Chris says:

        I don’t believe that story. I think the press is trying to make them come back to that toxic little island. They live in a fortress with no access to the paps.
        I feel like press used the same type of story every time they move to a new house. They used this same narrative in LA, supposedly people was complaining about them, same lies in Canada. I don’t believe it. The press is trying to put pressure on them. I saw a picture of the house, and I did not see neighbor!!

      • notasugarhere says:

        Lindas, celebrities are already part of their own circus. That is why so many of them have moved to that area, with stringent anti-pap laws. They aren’t going to turn Harry and Meghan away; they’ll welcome them as fellow sufferers.

      • Chelsea says:

        @Lindas, considering the fact that the Santa Barbara tourism council made a post welcoming them as soon as the story came out and John Steinbeck’s stepdaughter write a welcome to them in their county magazine it’s pretty obvious that you’re wrong on this. I know you all are for some reason obsessed with the idea of the Sussexes being destitute and miserable most level headed people aren’t.

    • Tessa says:

      The terrible slamming of Harry and Meghan on social media and comments by the “bots”.. Accusing her of standing in front of him and the two just wanted attention, so much real loathing. Just awful.

    • CarbnFtPrnt says:

      Omid said he confirmed that Meghan’s interview with Gloria wasn’t at the house..

  4. Myra says:

    This is why I used to side-eye comments saying they should have chosen a smaller place. For their status, security is the most important factor. What happened in both Canada and LA shows that they cannot compromise on security and privacy when choosing somewhere to live, 19 bathrooms or not.

    • Mac says:

      Too bad ramparts and moats went out of style. They need all the security they can get.

    • minx says:

      A gated community was essential, I don’t see how they could live any other way. Imagine if paps could just be driving/walking around the streets there.

    • Tealie says:

      The only reason people wanted them to buy a smaller place is to make the egos feel better like they needed them (the TaXpaYer) in order to live luxuriously. The fact that they have a nicer house whilst not being royal and are also happy pains some who wanted them to suffer, which is why they are so faux concerned over their ‘mortgage’ and assets 💀 shit is hurting.

  5. Merricat says:

    Hack “reporters” who sully the name of actual journalism with their petulant insistence that they will chase Harry the way they chased his mother–it’s really beyond the pale. The slime trail alone is disgusting.

    • Tealie says:

      Grotesque they killed Diana and now they want to kill Harry because he won’t give them access to his private life.

      • Liz version 700 says:

        It really feels that way. We have arguably one of the worst presidents in the world, but the poor British have got the absolute worst tabloids. My God they are worse than TMZ… who bug Judges chambers…

  6. Alexandria says:

    For fuck’s sake I thought there would be no drama, I thought they were insignificant to the non-fans. I am a fan but I’m not hard up for their photos. Why are they obsessed ???!

    • Snuffles says:

      It’s all about making money. The U.K. press has lost their profit stream. Harry and Meghan have cut them off and made any pictures of them unprofitable because THEY are the ones doling them out, copyrighting them and setting the rules on how and when they will be shared.

    • Tealie says:

      The people who the likes of the British press are doing this for aren’t fans they are haters and people who want salacious gossip to prove that Harry is secretly unhappy and that it wasn’t the royal family and Britan that fucked up, to soothe their rejected egos. No H&M fan would read a tabloid article or stalk them for pap pics

  7. Sofia says:

    This is why that “Let’s send the Sussexes to Africa because they’re too popular!” idea was never going to work. Paps and the media will follow them wherever they go. The Sussexes can make it harder for the paps to get pictures (which they have done such as moving somewhere private) but the paps themselves won’t leave them alone. The problem was never the country they were in but the media attention the couple generates

    (Mind you, that wasn’t the only problem with that Africa story)

    • Snuffles says:

      If Meghan and Harry were in Africa, the U.K. press would be there riding elephants and hiding out in trees with monkeys trying to get their picture.

      • CN says:

        @Snuffles – people in Africa don’t generally ride elephants or hang out in trees. There’s lots of cities with all the necessary amenities for one to live a modern life. Please stop the nonsense.

      • Jules says:

        What???

      • Elena Rindell says:

        @Snuffles, what the actual hell is this comment? Do you think us guys in Africa don’t have cars? Riding elephants? Are you kidding me? Hiding out in trees with monkeys? This is such a racist statement that I can’t imagine that in this day and age people still hold on to these stereotypes about Africans. Just FYI, we have roads and cars and internet and many other things that you guys enjoy…Just SMH…

      • aang says:

        I think snuffles meant that they would go to any lengths. Such as hiding in trees to get a pic. In CA they can hide with the squirrels.

      • Tealie says:

        @CN @Elena Rindell Chill out guys 💀 I’m sure CN knows people don’t actually ‘ride elephants‘ or ‘hide/live’ in trees, it’s just an expression of how far the British press would go sadly!

        + the whole send them to Africa was NOT so they could live normally in a city or metropolitan area. It was so they would (In Will and Kates colonialist minds) be forced to live rurally and disconnected away in the ‘irrelevant’ African lands away from the rest of ‘humanity’.
        These racist tropes are very important because that’s EXACTLY how KP was thinking and likely see us African countries and people. They didn’t want to send them their for their own fun or to live happily or prosperly (as Harry would have done and we do do), the idea was to strip them of human connection.

        And I think that speaks to a larger importance of how they see us African people and our relevancy to them past fake smiles, and is exactly why I want all of us to leave the commonwealth, but that’s another convo!

      • CN says:

        @Tealie, this part of your comment //And I think that speaks to a larger importance of how they see us African people.//
        This is exactly how @Snuffles comment comes across.

        There’s no way to defend this and when you say that racist tropes are important, important for what? So that people can use them as they please and not get called out?

    • Becks1 says:

      @Sofia that’s why the “send them to Africa” story always made me shake my head and kind of laugh, in a sad way. First – the press would just follow them there – and second, it fed into the stereotype of Africa as nothing but a place where rich people go on safari. Like…..there are lots of different countries, its not just “Africa.” And there are cities. And they even – gasp – have television! the INTERNET!!!!!!

      Nothing is going to stop the press interest in them, at least not at this point in time.

      • notasugarhere says:

        It all came from William and his version of ‘Africa’ – the Jecca family conservancy of savannahs filled with protected wildlife. William has no concept of the vibrancy and modernity of many African countries. He figured banishing them to ‘Africa’ meant they’d disappear off the international stage like he wanted them to.

  8. CAP N' CRUNCH says:

    The media pulled this same narrative with Beverly Hills and Canada neighbors complained about the paparazzi, tourists, and helicopters. The paparazzi have been in Montecito for years. I found it all very hard to believe when Orlando Bloom, Katy Perry, Ellen DeGeneres, the Kardashians, etc pictures taken in Montecito.

    • MF1 says:

      Oprah has a house in Montecito. The paparazzi are not a new thing to residents there.

      • Flamingo says:

        You don’t see pap shots of Oprah often though.

      • Anne Call says:

        Pretty sure this is made up BS. I’ve been in Montecito many times these past few weeks and I’ve seen absolutely zero increased activity. I mean Katy Perry just had a baby and she lives near them. Maybe a daily mail reporter asking around at stores and got some quotes to make it seem like it’s a big thing. Anybody loitering is going to be escorted out of town. Montecito just doesn’t stand for it.

      • Tealie says:

        @AnneCall Interesting Anna I had thought it could go one of two ways I was very surprised about the helicopter and drone and paparazzi thing because I knew how private Montecito was not even just the people but the laws that protect residents from things like this.

        I think this might just be a story to frighten (H&M) and to get traction with Harry and Megan haters and bitter members of the public to go “Ha!’ I told you so” and for Daily Mail and Sun to run stories about how much ‘nicer’ they were compared to the ‘horrible’ AmErIcAn press” (Neglecting the fact that they took drove them out of 3 U.K. homes and got helicopters to take pictures of the inside of their homes post them on their front page 🙃)

        (which has been their failed talking point for the last six months) and re-write the narrative to eventually either back up the gammons “I told you so!” If they run back (Unlikely), or say “see! It’s just as bad over there, they never really left for the press it wasn’t us! it was them!”, “they just wanted to ConTroL the PrEss and steal are MoNey” and have the gammons and haters munch on that.

    • notasugarhere says:

      This, CAP N’ CRUNCH. It is a made-up story for clicks.

      • Jane's Wasted Talent says:

        Perhaps it’s TMZ’s way of warning off the UK media? Paparazzi not appreciated: back off, you are never getting the scoop.

    • Ginger says:

      TMZ had an article stating how private their new home is and how hard it will be to get pictures. They also wrote an article stating Meghan wanted to move to LA to be a big time actress. TMZ is trash. They know nothing.

  9. Snuffles says:

    I always try to keep in mind that outlets like TMZ always try to ramp up the drama for clicks.

    Like someone said above, Meghan and Harry are clearly able to move about privately without the paps picking up on what they are doing.

    And I’m sure Santa Barbara/Montecito are used to tourists. If it’s bringing them business, they’re probably happy about it. Especially during this pandemic where local businesses were probably suffering.

    As far as the paps hanging around, I’m sure it’s a nuisance and I pray it will die down eventually. And if they do cross the line, there is nothing stopping the local police from kicking them out. Loitering IS illegal. Flying drones over private property is illegal in California and I’m sure non-police helicopters flying over private property is also illegal.

    I think one of the reasons why the paps are so desperate to get their own pictures is that Harry and Meghan have made it very difficult to profit off of them. I’ve noticed that every official picture released lately has been copyrighted by them. So all news outlets will have to get permission and pay for the use of them. I’m sure it’s driving the British paparazzi insane.

    • JT says:

      The Santa Barbara tourism instagram actually posted a picture on their instagram welcoming Harry, Meghan and Archie so they’re probably thrilled with the attention.

      • Snuffles says:

        Exactly!

      • julieJ says:

        We love tourists here. Not aggressive paps. The local government is trying to figure out a way to hinder the circus. And FWIW, the Kardashians are never here because they are not welcome.

  10. Lisa says:

    That is why they have security and moved to where they are not as accessible for the paps.

  11. RoyalBlue says:

    There should be laws against this form of harassment. People should be entitled to some level of privacy,

  12. minx says:

    I would think there are restrictions on helicopters/drones……?

    • Snuffles says:

      There are. It’s against the law in California to fly drones and helicopters over private property. Unless you’re the police.

      • minx says:

        So the helicopters are just flying over the beaches and commercial areas?
        I would hate that, helicopters are noisy and obnoxious.

      • molly says:

        There are laws, but there are also laws that you can’t shoot drone out of the sky. (Even if they’re over your property.) Unless police catch it happening or you can prove things, paps are willing to take the risk of being the John Doe in an unnamed lawsuit if they can get a picture of Archie in his backyard.

      • aang says:

        Is there an altitude limit or something? How can a helicopter fly anywhere if it has to avoid private property?

    • Deb says:

      Minx, there are tons of regulations on all aviation activity. Rules for pilots are contained in Title 14 Part 91 of the USC. Some state transportation agencies such as CA have laws but they are not enforceable by the state. The reason for that is that the entire National Airspace System (NAS) is regulated and governed by the FAA. States have NO jurisdiction over the NAS. The Federal Aviation Act of 1958, enacted by Congress, delegates ownership of the NAS to the public and regulation and management of it to the FAA. All facets of aviation are regulated and enforced at the federal level. For example, that is why you see the NTSB in charge of aviation accidents and not the local and state authorities. The net effect of the Act of 1958 is that all members of the public have equal access to the NAS. The misunderstandings occur when people believe that they own the airspace over their property. They do not.

      Unless the helicopters flying over Meghan and Harry’s house are operating in an unsafe manner, they are doing nothing illegal. Unfortunately for Meghan and Harry. Drones are a whole different animal with a bunch of different rules and regulations. Depending on circumstances, they may be operating illegally.

      There’s a lot more to the rules and regulations than can be covered in a comment section here. I find their intrusiveness off putting to say the least. But the state has no jurisdiction over them as much as they would like to. Having said that, the FAA will work with state transportation agencies when pilots are operating their aircraft in an unsafe manner. I have no way of knowing if that is the case here.

  13. Whatabout says:

    Harry and Meghan have already been seen out to dinner. There’s a pic floating of them at dinner in Santa Barbara. As well as locals seeing them at various places. Hopefully the gated community they live in can stop the flyovers since its disturbing to everyone in the community?

    • Snuffles says:

      I follow the Sussex’s pretty closely and had no idea there were even pictures, and that’s a good thing! They are probably meeting their neighbors and spending time with friends with no press knowing about it because there are no longer any Kensington Palace Leak’s. That is worth it’s weight in gold.

    • Anne Call says:

      They live on a gated estate but the community isn’t gated. I assume anyone can drive by where they live, but since it’s multiple acres, I’m sure all you see is a gatehouse or high electronic gates. Hundred drive by Oprah’s every day but she’s set so far back that no one from the street can see anything.

      • Sparky says:

        That area is heavily wooded so usually the trees kind of camouflage any fencing and then the driveways are gated. My dad lives up there. My brother loves gadgets and has a couple of drones. He brought one up one time and flew it around my dad’s property (multiple acres.) When my dad saw what my bro was up to he had a fit. He was really concerned about my brother bothering the neighbors and annoying them. And it was a question of proper etiquette and neighborliness not law–both of them are attorneys. That’s the typical attitude up there.

  14. Vanessa says:

    The British tabloids who deemed Harry and Meghan Irrelevant who wrote a whole piece about how Meghan should be stripped of her title because she talked about voting . Their the ones who are obsessed with the Sussex’s they can’t go a day without talking about them . Meghan and Harry can do things undercover with no Leaks what so ever the British tabloids are obsessed with the Sussex’s because they bring In Money where as no one cares about what the Cambridge’s do . The Cambridge’s are boring and now the same British tabloids that help drive Meghan and Harry away with their racist hateful bullying and doing anything in their power to get the Sussex’s to come back .

  15. Sof says:

    Is it ok in the US to fly drones over people’s homes? I hope they get the privacy they deserve, the concept of paparazzi makes me uncomfortable.
    I’m starting to believe they will be harassed until they get back to the UK as a part of a horrible plan to show them who is “the boss”.

    • Snuffles says:

      They were being harassed in the UK as well. The difference being they had less recourse to deal with them because being a part of The Firm left their hands tied.

      They would rather stay in California and sue the fuck out of the paparazzi than go back to that old intolerable situation.

      • L4frimaire says:

        The difference is that in the U.K., there were leaks and false stories about everything they did. So what if they’re papped at a restaurant? What’s the story there. Meghan ate steak and Harry had salmon, they skipped dessert. Oh the scandal, how could they go to a restaurant and not a taco truck?

      • Alexandra says:

        I’m not trying to be negative here, and I agree the British tabloids are definitely some kind of special crazy, but it’s not like the US is the land of sunshine and sprinkles gossip press. The National Enquirer is American, among many others. Unfortunately, I think it would be surprising if after all the obviously lucrative British tabloid lying press the Sussexes got that the equally unethical American tabloid press wouldn’t want a piece. I think Covid has probably dampened all the attention previously. Not surprising it would ramp up a bit lately. Good news for them in one way, Americans have very short attention spans for these kind of things, and we kind of have our rolling drama circus with our President and his crazy as fu*&k family.

      • Ginger says:

        @Alexandra Yes, the US have tabloids but they are seen as trash. No news station quotes the National Enquirer. Harry and Meghan are always seen on American tabloids but no one pays attention. The US press isn’t sunshine and rainbows but it’s a hell of a lot better than the British press.

      • Tealie says:

        @ Alexandra

        The difference is Alex the National Enquirer isn’t the most popular newspaper, and one of America’s only paper and online news sources, the Daily Mail and Sun is/are which is why their bile is so much more toxic. The media options are so much more diverse and explicit in the US. The National Enquirer is known as the National Enquirer and everyone treats as such, with a grain of salt.

  16. S808 says:

    Paps are intrusive yes, but drone/helicopters flying around is freakin ridiculous. I wish they could shoot them out of the sky.

  17. Lizzie says:

    I would love if they hired a bunch of look alikes to hang around their property, socially distanced, for days. Bunches of Harrys and Meghans swimming and playing tennis. H&M could hide in plain sight.

  18. Clueless9x9 says:

    H&M already have a lawsuit for taking illegal pictures of Archie when they lived at Tyler’s home and I bet their lawyers are aware of the helicopter/drone laws in CA.

  19. BnLurkN4eva says:

    Fame of every kind is overrated imo. I bet Meghan wish she could return to her previous fame level of all of the perks, none of the tabloid hardship. I hope Harry is truly worth it and I hope they are truly happy together with their little family because only true happiness together is worth the level of abuse she’s suffered since becoming involved with Harry.

    • Alexandra says:

      This I totally agree. There is a certain level of fame which would be fun. The kind where you can have people appreciate you, but wouldn’t be hassled all the time. Too bad you can’t control it though.

      • BnLurkN4eva says:

        No, you can’t control it, but for awhile there while working on Suits, The Tig and her other side contracts, she was at the ideal level of fame, I think. Didn’t have love though and now, hopefully, she has lasting love with the downside being immense fame and the hassle that comes with it.

  20. Fumi says:

    This is crazy… Like legitimately, I’m worried that everyone has lost their damned minds. Let these people mind their own business and live their lives.

    • Snuffles says:

      Unfortunately there is a whole ecosystem and economic system surrounding the royal family and the U.K. press. People and corporations have their entire livelihood, careers and existence poured into following and writing about them.

      Harry pulling himself and his family out has ruptured it and everyone is hemorrhaging. I’m waiting for the point where the U.K. will stop protecting Will, Andrew and the other members dirty little secrets at the family’s request and just go to town on them. It’s so obvious they’ve been throwing Harry under the bus his whole life to protect the others. Once the money on covering the Sussex’s runs dry, they’ll go after the rest. I have a feeling they a teeing up Kate and the Middletons to be the next family scapegoats.

  21. Babz says:

    Today is the 23rd anniversary of Diana’s death. It simultaneously angers me and saddens me to hear that the paparazzi are swarming her son and daughter-in-law the same way they swarmed her until the end. I just hope that the paps with their aerial toys are continually denied those money shots they are so desperate to get. I also hope the neighbors don’t get angry enough to begin blaming the Sussexes for something over which they have no control.

  22. ABritGuest says:

    When George Clooney had a go at the British press last year for things like publishing Meghan’s letter, they were all very upset and Arthur Edwards had an article last year telling Meghan to lighten up and that she’s not getting chased/ harassed like Diana.

    Yet they moved from that rental place because of a helicopter taking pictures and videos inside it and the Sun and Times ‘helpfully’ setting out the home’s layout. Paps followed them to Canada and they’ve had drones and helicopters over Tyler Perry’s place. Now they’re stalking them in Montecito.

    The technology may have changed but still similar to harassment Diana experienced. I doubt we know the full scale as well so no wonder Harry talked about being triggered in that documentary.

  23. L4frimaire says:

    Anytime I see these paparazzi stories, it’s like the tabloid is just using it to threaten them. Yes they’ll have press interested in them and they know it. However, what won’t happen is any of the British tabloids being invited to any of their official press events. All the tabloids have are these pap stories. They do a lot of stuff under the radar, so if some pap is lucky to see them getting frozen yogurt, it will be like a yeti sighting. This whole thing is just dumb.

  24. Mariane says:

    This is utter bull***. They have nothing. Even the supposed interview with shop/home owners makes it seem like its no big deal. It’s pretty clear that the tabloids are hurting for cash and can only do this fake neghbour story. Even stalking the house isnt giving them anything as they had no clue about the bany2baby event

  25. Hellah says:

    Firstly, TMZ is exagerating and hiping this story. Half of it is probably made up to creat a demand. Secondly, what is TMZ doing in Montecito themselves, while they are condamning other gosip media and pap reporters hanging around overthere? Isn’t it their core business as well to send Pararatzi to harass celibrities so that they can purchases and publish their pics? And aren’t they the main gossip sites who buy celebrity videos and pics from the public and are encourage ppl to stalk the rich and famouse? So what game is TMZ playing here by publishing this article? Do they tell us that they will be changes their business model? I don’t think so. Harrassing famous ppl for pics and video’s and telling gossip stories based on that, has become a too much lucrative business for that matter.

  26. Deeanna says:

    I really like the Celebrity Imposter idea! Think of it, they could have each imposter – Fake Harry and Fake Meghan arrive separately to their home, each disguised wearing wigs, etc. as a cleaning person or a worker of some kind. Then, right before the real Harry and Meghan are about to leave the house, the Fakes could leave in a decoy vehicle. The Fakes could go eat lunch or dinner or whatever with the paps duly following them while the real couple went.

    Or perhaps better yet, hire three or four “fake couples” to go out all at the same time. So that it becomes known that it is more likely to be the fakes that are being seen than the real ones.

    wherever.they wanted.

    • CC says:

      I had a funny dream about Harry getting a bunch of lookalikes to walk around town at the same time…with that damn t shirt LOL. I woke up laughing and I wish it’s something they would do. I would love to see them trolling the media,especially now when masks are being worn!

  27. Yinyang says:

    Well gee she’s gotta live somewhere

    • seatac says:

      They were mostly left alone while they were living outside of Victoria, BC, Canada–to the point where Megan had to approach people (strangers) to 1) offer to take their photo 2) comment on a baby carrier to a lady in line to check out while shopping in Whole Foods (no one was bothering Megan in the store)
      I feel like these are not actions from someone who wants privacy and wants to keep their whereabouts private. And moving to L.A is definitely not a place to seek privacy.

      • Clueless9x9 says:

        Wow. I thought privacy meant sharing what YOU want and not having someone stalking, flying drones and helicopters to peek into your bedroom and using long photo lenses without YOUR permission on your private property.

        There is nothing wrong with being friendly to strangers and still maintaining your individual right in having a private life.