The report comes after the Duchess was spotted Christmas shopping in the neighborhood at some of her favorite stores. After relocating to the United States, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have set up Christmas traditions. This week, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were reportedly the first to donate to the first-ever Annual Montecito Holiday Car Parade in their upscale California neighborhood.
The couple, who live in a $14.7 million mansion in Montecito with their two-year-old son Archie and seven-month-old daughter Lilibet, joined a select few donors from the exclusive society to support the car procession. The “Holiday Magic” parade featured brightly lit cars decked out with garlands, tinsels, and wreaths making their way down the procession route. The parade was led by a town Santa Claus, who sat in a red truck adorned out with a Christmas star and figurines, handing out candy to people.
A local newspaper, Montecito Journal, wrote about the couple’s donations, “As the merriment still lingers in the air, here’s to a new Montecito holiday tradition! Thanks to the many parade sponsors including Prince Harry and Meghan Markle who were first to donate.”
The news comes after the Duchess was spotted Christmas shopping in the area, including nearby Pierre LaFond & Co and kids’ clothing boutique Poppy. For the outing, the former actress wore a Massimo Dutti wool coat, Tamara Mellon boots, a Bottega Veneta clutch, and LeSpecs Air Heart sunglasses while appearing semi-incognito in a brown beanie and a blue face mask.
According to a report in Mail Online, she spent around an hour in the market, accompanied by her bodyguard, and took a few shopping bags back home. An onlooker claimed about her outing: “There was a franticness to her shopping like she was just itching to get out and be somewhat normal. Even if it was for just an hour.”
Harry and Meghan have expressed their love for their new neighborhood, which is home to other celebrities like Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom. In her recent appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” Meghan had said that her husband “loves” their new home.
“We moved here during the lockdown, exactly when things shut down, so we’ve just been able to spend a lot of time at home and creating our home, but I think it’s just the lifestyle and the weather is pretty great. But we’re just happy,” she had said.