Meghan Markle dubbed 'Princess of Montecito' by locals as she demands 'completely secluded' tables at restaurants

The Duchess allegedly secretly books out conference rooms at the five-star Beverly Hills Hotel

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Meghan Markle has allegedly been carving out a new lavish lifestyle in California, with locals dubbing her as "The Princess of Montecito".

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex moved to California in 2020, following their controversial exit from the Royal Family.

The couple continue to keep a low profile, but have been spotted frequenting lavish restaurants or hitting the hills for a hike.

The Prince has been known to spend time at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club, where membership costs over £8,000 a month.

Meghan Markle has been dubbed "The Princess of Montecito" by locals
Meghan Markle has been dubbed "The Princess of Montecito" by locals

But Meghan has reportedly got a "lot more going on".

A report in Closer magazine reads: "Meghan just keeps it very private these days but her royal status gives her a lot of leverage.

"She spends most of her time in Montecito, but she heads into LA every week or so."

The Duchess reportedly enjoys daily hikes with their two dogs, Pula and Guy, saying.

The report continues: “Meghan loves driving around LA to go to the same hiking trails that she used to visit back in the day, well off the beaten track.

"Often she’ll head off just herself and the dogs, which gives her time to reflect.”

Meghan and Harry returned to the UK last month for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee
Meghan and Harry returned to the UK last month for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee
Meghan prefers to host business meetings in lavish hotels opposed to their nine-bedroom home
Meghan prefers to host business meetings in lavish hotels opposed to their nine-bedroom home

The former Suits actress has embroiled herself in politics and humanitarian charities, causing a stir following the recent overturning of Roe vs Wade.

Following the ruling, the Duchess stated she would join protesters in Washington, demonstrating against the decision.

Meghan is also said to be working on her podcast, Archetypes, which is due to be unveiled this summer as part of the couple's £21million agreement with Spotify.

Despite moving to an £11million nine bedroom mansion in Montecito, Santa Barbara, Meghan reportedly prefers to host business meetings in expensive hotel conference rooms.

Following their move to California, the couple befriended Hollywood superstars such as Orlando Bloom, James Corden, and Oprah Winfrey.

TV sensation Oprah interviewed the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in a damning film, covering topics such as their marriage, motherhood and life in the Royal Family.

The self-proclaimed foodie, Meghan allegedly phones ahead at restaurants to ensure she is provided with a "completely secluded" table, to avoid extensive interaction with the public.

The Duke and Duchess flew back to the UK last month via a private jet, ahead of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

Maintaining a low profile during their visit, Meghan and Harry made only one public appearance at the Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral.