Writer says Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are Hollywood 'poor', and Duchess should 'trade up' to Elon Musk

Writer says Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are Hollywood 'poor', and Duchess should 'trade up' to Elon Musk
Tina Brown claims that Harry and Meghan's wealth is a lot less than those in their Hollywood circle (Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images, Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle may have been called several things by the media, and others, but "poor" is certainly not one of them. But after crossing the Atlantic, the couple's life among the rich in California has possibly challenged perceptions of privilege. Royal writer Tina Brown has even suggested that the Sussexes are the "poor" ones in Montecito. 

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"It’s not very pleasant to be a D-list celebrity who, for them, doesn’t have enough money. It’s a wholly different game to be with those super-rich people," says Brown, as per an article by the US Sun. She also highlights that "In Montecito, where they live, their $14 million mansion is a humble cottage compared to what these other people have."

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This comes after reports surfaced that Harry and Meghan plan to move out of their mansion in Montecito, and are currently on the lookout for an estate in Hope Ranch, merely 10 miles away from their present home. Sources reveal that their current $14 million home "does not properly accommodate them," prompting them to scour estates in the affluent Hope Ranch community. 

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In a rather crass joke, Brown, the author of 'The Diana Chronicles' and 'The Palace Papers' also seemed to suggest that Markle may consider trading up her husband for SpaceX billionaire Elon Musk. "Yes, and at some point it might be more than a new house she’s looking for. Elon Musk is still single, that’s all I have to say," said Brown. Notably, luxury homes in Hope Ranch go for as high as $22 million. The Telegraph also reported that Brown believes the Sussexes may be struggling to keep up with their super-rich neighbors. 

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Journalist Tina Brown attends the 2018 Women In The World Summit at Lincoln Center on April 12, 2018 in New York City.
Journalist Tina Brown authored a biography of Princess Diana (Matthew Eisman/Getty Images)

The Royal biographer further claimed that while the pair have taken up the $20 million deal for Prince Harry's memoir which is expected to be a bombshell tell-all book, they no longer want to go through with it. Recent reports had suggested that the Duke of Sussex was in the process of making last-minute changes to his "wholly truthful" book following the death of Queen Elizabeth II. 

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"They are now in this bind, where they’ve taken all this money and Harry has made this book deal where he’s supposed to spill everything about his horrible life as a royal, but now he’s actually tortured about it because he understands there is no way back if he does it," says Brown, adding "If the book continues, I don’t think there is any way for Harry to return. So my view has always been that the book won’t see the light of day. The window is beginning to close but I always thought at some point a deal would be made and Charles would have to pay back the advance to stop Harry writing this book."

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