Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have called the police nine times since they moved to their Montecito, Santa Barbara mansion in July 2020 for various incidents, including a home intrusion.
According to reports, the Santa Barbara County sheriff's office logged four calls from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's home on their first month at their house due to "alarm activations" in the early hours of the morning. There were further calls in the months that followed and were tagged as miscellaneous priority incidents.
On the eve of Christmas 2020, the security team of Harry and Meghan called the police because of a trespasser. The cops returned to the couple's home two days later because of a property crime and booked the trespasser, Nickolas Brooks, for a misdemeanor charge.
Brooks wasn't from around the district. Reports cited that the trespasser drove from Ohio in the Midwest to end up on the West Coast and he had a prior arrest for assault. The man told The Sun that he was in a "foggy period" of his life during his arrest and may have likely been high as he had no idea how he got to Prince Harry and Meghan’s property. Brooks has honored the court's ruling to stay away from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
Meanwhile, the latest incident that prompted Harry and Meghan to call the police happened in February 2021 when the alarm in their property went off again. The Santa Barbara police, however, refused to comment on the nine calls, which had been obtained by PA News under the Freedom of Information laws.
It comes after Harry and Meghan claimed in an interview with Oprah Winfrey that they have made pleas to the royal family to fund their security detail since they have these threats all around them. The Duke of Sussex said that he didn't expect his taxpayer-funded protection officers would be removed when he and Meghan stepped back from their royal roles as he has an "inherited risk" as a member of the royal family.
The couple has since privately funded their protection officers after securing lucrative deals with American digital media giants like Netflix and Spotify. However, sources at the palace said that Prince Harry and Meghan were no longer entitled to publicly-funded protection the moment they gave up their duties as working royals as the British public would be more furious to fund the couple if they are not working for the Crown.