Meghan Markle raved about her ‘love’ for Santa Barbara six years before buying her mega mansion with Prince Harry

MEGHAN Markle raved about Santa Barbara six years before splashing out on her £11million mega mansion with Prince Harry. 

In July, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex bought a luxury family home in the star-studded area in California, where they will start their new life after stepping down as senior royals. 

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Back in 2014, former actress Meghan gushed about a stay she had in Santa Barbara on her now-deleted personal Instagram page. 

She wrote: “Thank you @bacararesortsb for a wonderful stay #santabarbara #californialove.”

The photo featured a dreamy shot from the five-star Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara, featuring their pool and the ocean in the background. 

Stays at the resort cost from £423 per night and guests have access to two oceanfront saltwater pools with rental cabanas, as well as tennis courts and multiple dining options. 

Meghan was starring in hit legal drama Suits at the time, and also posted the beautiful photo to her lifestyle blog The Tig’s Instagram page too – which was also deleted before the royal wedding.

She previously said on her website: “I was born and raised in Los Angeles, a California girl who lives by the ethos that most things can be cured with either yoga, the beach, or a few avocados.”

Meghan and Harry are believed to have taken out a massive £7.25m mortgage on their new lavish nine bedroom, 16 bathroom estate – which they are calling their "sanctuary".

The property, which was bought in June, is located in the celebrity enclave of Montecito, Santa Barbara and is also home to stars such as Oprah Winfrey, Ellen Degeneres and Drew Barrymore.

It is about an hour north of Los Angeles where Meghan grew up and her mum Doria Ragland still lives. 

Located inside a secure gated community, the mansion has a giant swimming pool, sauna, wine cellar and a five-car garage.

It also has a two bedroom guest house, which would be perfect for Meghan's mum Doria to stay at.

Previous pictures of the interior found in old listings show the gym has a stripper pole – and one of the bedrooms has a children's bedroom shaped like a pink princess castle.

An old ad for the property describes it as being in the heart of Montecito and recently modernised with up-to-date Lutron lighting and Crestron high-tech iPad controls.

The 7.38 acre site has beautifully clipped hedges bordering the entry gates before opening out onto a wide lane that is paved with Santa Barbara stone.

The lane then leads through a stunning arch of trees up to the main building, which boasts a library, office, spa, gym, separate dry and wet saunas, games room, theatre, arcade, wine cellar, and a garage that can house five cars.

The property is surrounded by large manicured laws, tiered rose gardens, blooming lavender, 100-year-old olive trees and tall Italian cypress trees.

Other facilities include a tennis court and a swimming pool, while the estate also has several outbuildings – including a children's cottage, a tea house, and a two-bedroom, two bathroom guest house.

Frank Abatemarco, a local realtor for Sotheby’s told The Sun: “This is a semi-rural neighbourhood that has everything.

"It’s a great place for children and families. "I can’t think of a greater place for them. The schools are also exceptional.”

Asked how celebrities are treated in the area, he added: “People leave them alone. There’s no paparazzi here, people don’t make a fuss and allow them to have their privacy here.

"My guess is people will be very protective of them here, I’m a fan and we’d like to welcome them to Montecito.”

Page Six first reported that Harry and Meghan had secretly bought a property in Santa Barbara on Tuesday.

We shared how jobless Meghan Markle and Prince Harry must ‘start making money quickly’ to pay £417,000-a-year mortgage on new home.

Harry is reliant on £6.5million from his mum’s will and £4million from the Queen Mother.

The Prince of Wales is largely funding the couple’s new life in the States.

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