Beverly Hills estate where Meghan and Harry are staying was once targeted by notorious ‘Bling Ring’ gang
The Beverly Hills estate where Meghan and Harry have currently settled in was once attacked by "Bling Ring" burglars, a neighbor has claimed.
Sources told The Sun about the $18 million Beverly Ridge mansion belonging to actor and producer Tyler Perry, and where the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been living in after arriving in America from Canada. Carleton Eastlake, a TV producer and novelist who lives adjacent to the secure gated estate in Beverly Hills, told the paper how members of the notorious Bling Ring gang once climbed over its fence.
The Bling Ring gang was known to target homes of several celebrities including Paris Hilton, Orlando Bloom and then-girlfriend Miranda Kerr, Lindsay Lohan, and Megan Fox -- eventually stealing about $3 million worth of cash, clothing, and jewelry before they were apprehended 12 years ago, per the paper.
“Harry and Meghan have chosen the perfect place to base themselves," Eastlake said. "Security was ratcheted up on the estate after it was targeted by the Bling Ring. Those guys came down the hills and got over the fence that used to be there but they didn’t get into any of the houses, luckily. After that, new security measures were put in places and it’s one of the safest most secure places in LA now."
The Duke and Duchess will most certainly be getting to know the local "mover and shaker" TV producer Guy Oseary, who reportedly helps manage Madonna and U2, said.
"It’s a very quiet, very well to do area," he said. "It started off as a small colony of classic Hollywood stars back in the 1930s and grew from there. Now it’s home to lots of big players in the entertainment world.
"Those are the connections Harry and Meghan will need to make their careers," he continued. "One of the guys, a local guy, that they’ll get to know is rock manager Guy Oseary. He works with a lot of good causes and I am sure he will be working with Harry and Meghan."
Considering Harry and Meghan have apparently moved in, Eastlake said he expects to see even more tour buses packed with fans visiting the area.
“The tour buses are a bit of a thing around here and now that Harry and Meghan live there I’m sure more of them will be stopping off at the entrance to the estate but that’s nowhere near the house," he said.
However, some neighbors appeared to be annoyed that the royals had chosen to settle into their quiet neighborhood.
“To be honest, it’s annoying that they’re near here," a 35-year-old mother who lives near the exclusive gated community told the paper. "It means there’ll be more tourist buses coming by than before to see where celebrities live."
"We do get a lot of fans driving through and blocking the roads, now it will be worse," she added. "But we wish them well. The estate is very secluded, very secure. I am sure it is what they want.”
Another neighbor told the paper how Harry and Meghan would most likely run errands in the less glamorous San Fernando Valley, which is supposedly easier to get to.
"Living there it’s likely they’ll do all their practical stuff such as shopping in the Valley. It’s just easier to get there," the elderly neighbor said.