- Harry and Meghan’s neighbourhood saw burglaries as they were in Jamaica
Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle faced a security scare after they were issued a warning over their Montecito home amid a spate of burglaries nearby which occurred while they were in Jamaica.
US police said they suspect the string of crimes are being orchestrated by organised gangs, which are targeting safes.
The most recent burglary occurred at a property that was just a five minute drive from the Sussexes’s £12million mansion in Montecito, California on Wednesday.
At the time, the Duke and Duchess were in Jamaica to watch the premier of the film Bob Marley: One Love.
Local community group The Montecito Association issued an alert to the neighbourhood, which counts Harry and Meghan amongst its residents, giving tips on home security and gave a message from Santa Barbara County Sheriff officer Rachel Zick.
Her message said: ‘In the past week, deputies have taken several burglary reports with notable similarities in the resident layouts, times of occurrence and items taken. In these burglaries, criminals target unoccupied residences that back up to open spaces such as golf courses as well as creeks, streams or the ocean.
‘Investigators have noted most of these crimes tend to occur between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.
‘The most recent burglaries occurred on Wednesday, January 24, 2024, in the 1500-block of Las Tunas in Montecito, and two in the 800- block of Sand Point Lane, Carpinteria. The suspect(s) in these cases are targeting safes.’
The Sussexes have a team of guards which includes Christopher Sanchez, who has worked in the past for Barack Obama, and Christopher Keenan, who protected Hillary Clinton.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex made a surprise visit to the Caribbean country this week to attend the premiere of Bob Marley: One Love and support the Marley family.
The pair were branded ‘insensitive’ after posing with Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness, who wants to ditch the monarchy – just as King Charles prepares for prostate treatment and the Princess of Wales recovers in hospital from abdominal surgery.
According to The Times, the timing of Harry and Meghan’s visit as guests of Brian Robbins, the chief executive of Paramount, was not received particularly well by those at Buckingham Palace due to both political and personal reasons.
According to the newspaper, one well-placed source said the trip was ‘not especially welcome back in London’ while another said the excursion was ‘misguided’.