'Centuries old' human bones found near Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's $14.7M LA mansion
Human relics have been discovered just yards from Harry and Meghan's $14.7 million home, The Sun reported on Tuesday, June 1. Workers gardening on an estate close down the road discovered the bones of a small adult.
In May last year, the Sussexes were looking for a permanent home in LA with a budget of $12 million to $18 million. They found a house close by to Montecito which they bought in 2020. Their home featured in ‘The Me You Can’t See’ which was co-produced by Oprah Winfrey.
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The bones which were found yards from their home are assumed to be Native American and dates back hundreds of years. A forensic anthropologist will be called in by police to determine their age. Last week, landscapers working on an estate on Riven Rock Road in Montecito, California, discovered the incomplete skeleton. The particular site was not disclosed, but the location is only 350 yards from the luxurious home to where Meghan, 39, and Harry, 36, relocated last year.
The skeleton, which had missing bones, was discovered in soil between 2 and 3 feet deep. It is likely to be the remains of a Chumash tribe member who lived in the area around 700 AD, The Sun reported. “Work stopped right away on the property and the cops were called in," a source said while speaking to the news outlet. “It’s quite a lot of drama for a place like Montecito.”
Raquel Zick, a spokeswoman for the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office, confirmed that the discovery had nothing to do with the royals. She stated that if the remains were not old, an investigation would be launched. “We will have to get out our magnifying glasses,” she added.
After stepping down as senior royals and moving to the United States with their son Archie, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex moved into their mansion last year. After leaving the UK, they stayed at Tyler Perry's $18 million Beverly Hills property for a while before purchasing their current house in Montecito last summer.
Oprah Winfrey lives close in a $90 million mansion with expansive lawns and a breathtaking view of the sea. Ellen DeGeneres owns a number of properties in the neighborhood.