Prince Harry says Santa Barbara is his home 'for the time being'

Prince Harry says Santa Barbara is his home 'for the time being'

April 20, 2022

‘I’m here to stay… for now’: Prince Harry says Santa Barbara is his home ‘for the time being’ because he feels ‘massively at peace’ with Meghan, Archie and Lilibet after ditching Britain for $14m Cali mansion

  • Prince Harry said that the Sussexes will remain in the country in their California mansion ‘for the time being’
  • The 37-year-old ex-Royal told how he had been ‘welcomed with open arms’ by ‘great’ community in Montecito
  • But livid Britons slammed his latest broadside towards his homeland as ‘a hit in the face for the British public’
  • Harry’s comments came as he opened up in another wide-ranging interview just a year after Oprah sit down

Prince Harry has revealed he will be staying in the US because he feels ‘massively at peace’ with Meghan, Archie and Lilibet in their $14million California mansion.

The Duke of Sussex said the family will remain in the country ‘for the time being’ as he admitted to being happy after abandoning his birthplace of Britain.

The 37-year-old ex-Royal told how he had been ‘welcomed with open arms’ by the ‘great’ community in Montecito, Santa Barbara, since moving there nearly two years ago.

But furious Britons slammed him for ‘a hit in the face for the British public’ as they pointed out his lawyers – who are battling his latest legal fight – claimed just weeks ago the UK would always be his home.

Harry’s comments came as he opened up in another wide-ranging interview just a year after his blockbuster sit down with Meghan and Oprah Winfrey.

He refused to say whether he misses his brother Prince William and his father Prince Charles amid frequent reports of rifts in the house of Windsor over the last few years.

But the Duke insisted he still has a ‘special relationship’ with his grandmother the Queen, despite hinting he will not attend her upcoming Platinum Jubilee celebrations amid ongoing ‘security issues’ in Britain.

Prince Harry has revealed he will be staying in the US because he feels ‘massively at peace’ with Meghan, Archie and Lilibet in their $14million California mansion

The Duke of Sussex said the family will remain in the country ‘for the time being’ as he admitted to being happy after abandoning his birthplace of Britain

The 37-year-old ex-Royal told how he had been ‘welcomed with open arms’ by the ‘great’ community in Montecito (pictured), Santa Barbara, since moving there nearly two years ago

In an interview with NBC’s Today show host Hoda Kotb, Harry told how he had tea with Her Majesty but quickly added his roots were firmly planted in the US.

He said: ‘Both Meghan and I had tea with her so it was nice to catch up with her.  Home for me now is for the time being is in the States and it feels that way as well.’

The Prince continued: ‘We’ve been welcomed with open arms and we have such a great community up in Santa Barbara.’

Asked if it was ‘weird’ to say publicly, having spent more than 30 years growing up in the UK, he said: ‘No, but I’m sure it’ll become a thing.’

Elsewhere in the interview, he added: ‘At times I feel massively at peace, but with everything that’s going on in the world…’

Harry and Meghan dramatically ditched Britain for North America in 2020 when they moved to Canada then on to Montecito where they have remained holed up in a sprawling mansion.

The Prince has been wrapped up in a legal fight with the UK Home Office over returning amid security concerns but secretly dropped in on the Queen last week before flying to the Netherlands for the Invictus Games.

His latest broadside to his homeland sparked an eruption of fury from Britons on social media as he was accused of yet another snub to the UK.

One wrote: ‘He informed the court 6 weeks ago that England will always be home. I’m sure the court & [Home Office] will be very interested in this interview.’

Another said: ‘In my opinion such a hit in the face for the British public. With saying my home is California, I wouldn’t even think about going on that balcony.’

At a hearing in February regarding police security for Harry when he visits from across the Atlantic, his barrister Shaheed Fatima QC insisted his ties to the UK remained strong.

‘It goes without saying that he does want to come back to see family and friends and to continue to support the charities that are so close to his heart,’ said Ms Fatima. ‘Most of all, this is and always will be his home.’ 

Hoda Kotb and Prince Harry: The full transcript 

Hoda: ‘There was one woman who came up to me yesterday and she said something that totally struck me in my soul. She said the Invictus Games saved my life. How does that land for you?’

Harry: ‘It feels amazing. But every single Games that I go to I hear the same thing from so many of them. And that… it feels amazing that we have managed to play a part in their recovery, but it also makes me incredibly sad to know that that’s how dark it was for them.’

Hoda: ‘You’ve spoken about obviously mental health issues: When you put that heavy backpack down, like people are lugging stuff around, when you finally put it down. Do you feel yourself like peaceful, or at peace?’

Harry: ‘I think everyone ends up feeling lighter, I think is the best way to describe it. For so many people it is about management. You know the things that trigger you, therefore you try and stay away from that. But what I do know is that there is a light at the end of the tunnel for absolutely everybody.’

Hoda: ‘The only thing I want in my life is to feel like peaceful. You’ve lived in the United States for two years now. Do you feel peaceful now?’

Harry: ‘I don’t know how many people feel truly peaceful, you know? I feel — at times I feel massively at peace. But with everything that is going on in the world and trying to help and trying to use the platform and the influence to try and steer people to try and help. Again, like I think like the biggest concern or the biggest issue that people wrestle with on daily basis that does provide more anxiety for me and for them is the helplessness. We as human beings are compassionate people. But when your life becomes really hard, it can be for some harder to find the compassion for other people. But what I’ve learned over the years is, certainly for myself, I find healing in helping others. And I think that what’s we should really be focusing on.’

Hoda: ‘I love that. I feel like life happens on a random Wednesday. Like here is an example. Some say oh my God I’m going to go on a vacation, my life is going to be great. And it is like exclamation points. The vacation, the graduation, the marriage, the baby. Those are all up here. The other exclamation marks are down here. It’s like sad things that happen, loss, divorce, whatever. Most of life is Wednesday. It doesn’t have the highs. And it doesn’t have the lows. It is just Wednesday. What is a Wednesday like for you, random?’

Harry: ‘What’s a Wednesday like? It revolves around the kids as much as humanly possible. This whole working from home stuff is not all it’s cracked up to be, certainly post-Covid. Because it is really hard when your kids and you are in the same place. It is really hard to separate the work from them. Because they kind of overlap. So I mean Archie spends more time interrupting our Zoom calls than anybody else. But he also gets us off them as well, so that’s also a nice thing.’

Hoda: ‘Does he have your personality? Is he kind of like you? He’s got a little bit of your thing?’

Harry: ‘What’s my thing?’

Hoda: ‘Your cheeky thing?’

Harry: ‘My cheeky thing? Yeah, I think so. I always try and keep that. The cheekiness is something that keeps you alive. There is just so much to be happy about in the outside world, but there is also so much to worry about. My sort of mantra now every day, and it is a dangerous one, because I need to make sure that I don’t have burnout, but is trying to make the world a better place for my kids. Otherwise what is the point of point of bringing kids into this world? It is a responsibility I feel as a parent you probably feel as a parent as well. And we can’t fix everything. We know that. But what we can do is be there for each other.’

Hoda: ‘You obviously made lot of news recently. You went back to the UK. You saw your grandmother. How was that?’

Harry: ‘It was great. It was really nice to see her. To be able to see her in some element of privacy was nice. I hadn’t had the chance to go back the UK for couple of years apart from those two times. One for my grandfather’s funeral and one for unveiling a statue of my mom.’

Hoda: ‘How did it feel being back, being with her?’

Harry: ‘Being with her, it was great. It was just so nice to see her. You know, she’s on great form. She has always got a great sense of humor with me and I’m just making sure she’s protected and has got the right people around her.’

Hoda: ‘You make her laugh, that’s what she always says. Did you do it again?’

Harry: ‘Yes I did. I had tea with her. It was really nice to catch up with her and, you know, home for me now is, you know, for the time being, it’s in the States. And it feels that way as well.’

Hoda: ‘Does it?’

Harry: ‘Yeah. We’ve been welcomed with open arms. And we’ve got such a great community up in Santa Barbara.’

Hoda: ‘So you feel like that’s home more for you?’

Harry: ‘Yeah.’

Hoda: ‘Is that weird to say?’

Harry: ‘No. But I’m sure it will become a thing.’

Hoda: ‘Your grandmother is going to be 96. What is the best thing about her?’

Harry: ‘Her sense of humor and her ability to see the humor in so many different things. We have a really special relationship. We talk about things that she can’t talk about with anybody else, so that is always a nice peace to her. But I think she’s… I think after a certain age you get bored of birthdays.’

Hoda: ‘You do, do think she’s bored of her 96th. She won’t be bored of the Jubilee, will she?

Harry: ‘No. I don’t think so. She’s had a few Jubilees now and every one is slightly different. I’m sure she is looking forward to it.’

Hoda: ‘Do you think you will come?’

Harry: ‘I don’t know yet. There’s lots of things with security issues and everything else. So, this is what I’m trying to do, trying to make it possible that I can get my kids to meet her.’

Hoda: ‘Your family at home. Do you miss them?’

Harry: ‘Yes. I think especially over the last two years, for most people, have they not missed their family? The ability to even get home and see them? Of course. That’s — you know, that’s a huge part of it.’

Hoda: ‘But do you miss your brother, your dad?

Harry: ‘Look I mean, for me at the moment, I’m here focused on these guys and these families and giving everything that I can, 120 per cent to them to make sure they have the experience of a lifetime. That’s my focus here. And when I leave here, I get back and my focus is on my family who I miss massively.’

Hoda: ‘You do. I bet.’

Harry: ‘Of course I do, they are two little people.’

Hoda: ‘I was thinking about a new life. You got a whole restart. You have a whole new focus, a whole new nucleus. How does that land with you?’

Harry: ‘I think the focus is very much the same’

Reporter: ‘Is it?’

Harry: ‘Yeah, certainly. From my wife’s point of view. For the two of us, this is a life she signed up for and we were committed to doing this together as a couple forever. Because of the circumstances, we’ve now moved that life of service to the States and we’ll continue doing what we were doing before. So in that regard nothing’s has changed for us. It is just a little bit more complicated to have to sort of restart.’

Hoda: ‘Sure. What do you love about fatherhood?

Harry: ‘What do I love about fatherhood? All of it. The chaos, the learning, the reminder of just every element of yourself, your soul, right? When you are not a parent you can get sucked into all sort of different stuff and you can maybe sometimes forget who you are. And suddenly as a parent, especially now Archie is at the age he is at, asking all the questions.’

Hoda: ‘What does he ask?’

Harry: ‘Questions of the whys. He’s into the why stage. Why this? Why that? Why that? And instead of just trying to move it on, I give him the most honest answer I can. And then it goes on and on and on until he’s satisfied. And then that’s it. It’s done. Otherwise it ends up with – because the world is round and that it is the way life is.’

Hoda: ‘That’s just the way it goes.’

Harry: ‘So it’s like, I love it. I love every part of it. I’ve always wanted to be a dad. I’ve always wanted to have my own kids and now I have got two little people who I’m responsible for.’

Hoda: ‘Do you tell them or tell Archie now he’s old enough about your mom?’

Harry: ‘Yes. Yeah, yeah. Very much so. I don’t tell him all the stuff that happened. But certainly that this is, you know, grandma Diana and we’ve got a couple of photos up in the house.’

Hoda: ‘In these moments do you ever feel your mom’s presence?’

Harry: ‘Yeah, no, for me it is constant. It has been over the last two years. More so than ever before. And it is almost as though she’s done her bit with my brother and now she’s very much, like, helping me. Got him set up. And now she’s helping me set up. That’s what it feels like, you know? He’s got his kids. I’ve got my kids, you know the circumstances are obviously different. But now, I feel her presence in almost everything that I do now. But definitely more so in the last two years than ever before. Without question. So she’s watching over us.’

Hoda: ‘I’m sure she’s proud of you.’

Harry: ‘I’m sure she is.’

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