They found ancient human remains a few meters from the $ 14 million mansions where the Duke and Duchess of Sussex live in Montecito, California. The local authorities were present at the scene and proceeded to exhume the bones to determine their provenance.
A spokesman for the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office confirmed the news and indicated that it could be the remains of Native Americans. Early reports suggest that the bones belonged to members of the Chumash people, who had roots in the area nearly 11,000 years ago.
The Chumash are an Amerindian people that historically inhabited the coastal regions of central and southern California, in what is now Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Ventura, and Los Angeles.
According to what the British media The Daily Mail reported, the bones were buried one meter below the path that runs alongside the mansion of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle , who is expecting their second child in the coming weeks.
In addition, it was determined that they would belong to a young adult who was part of the original Chumash people , who occupied that area 10,000 years ago. The discovery occurred on May 24 when excavations were being made in the area for the construction of gardens.
The authorities indicated that they had enlisted the help of experts to investigate its true origins. Meanwhile, work near the Duke of Sussex property was suspended. The police spokesman asked for caution until the investigation is resolved. “We are not going to say anything else until there is an official conclusion by forensic anthropologists,” he said.
Although Harry and Meghan left London to live in peace, the place they bought in an exclusive area of Santa Barbara was the scene of intruders on a couple of occasions. According to TMZ, a 37-year-old man named Nickolas Brooks from Ohio was caught inside the property on December 24, 2020. Agents decided to release him after giving him a warning. Two days later the same person re-entered the residence and was arrested. Hours later, he was released.
Prince Harry rocked the monarchy a year ago when he and his wife, 39-year-old former American actress Meghan Markle, decided to abandon their royal duties and move to California, where they bought the luxurious mansion with part of the fortune. the grandson of Elizabeth II inherited from his late mother, Lady Di. Since their move, the prince and his wife have signed multi-million dollar contracts with companies like Spotify and Netflix.
Before the cameras, Harry revealed that the juicy deals with the streaming giants were out of necessity. Once it became clear that he and his family would have to pay for their own safety, estimated at $ 4 million annually, he was forced to earn money on his own to support the expensive lifestyle they lead in Los Angeles.
It was thanks to their lucrative contract with Netflix that they were able to pay off the debt of nearly $ 3.5 million for the renovations of Frogmore Cottage , the Sussex family home on the Windsor grounds, where they only lived for just a month, that Meghan and Harry they returned in September voluntarily but amid strong criticism.
The podcasts that they will make with Spotify through Archewell Audio for three years could bring them between $ 15 and $ 18 million , while Netflix will pay them $ 100 million for five years of work to produce exclusive content.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were the subject of a major controversy in March when, in a CBS interview with Oprah Winfrey , Meghan accused the British royal family of racism , pointed out Buckingham Palace for perpetuating lies about Harry and herself, and admitted that he had suicidal thoughts because of the pressure he suffered from the press.