In Montecito, California’s ultra-rich enclave where Prince Harry and Meghan make their home, local bookstores have ordered his autobiography in bulk.
“When I found out it was coming, I was so excited,” says Mary Shelton, part owner of Tecolote Bookstore. “I called my publisher to place an order and it was one of the books we ordered by the carton and people were definitely excited to read it here.”
For nearly a century, Tecolote has been Montecito’s permanent residence and is now located in “Upper Village”, the focal point of community life with a post office, real estate agent and grocery store.
Montecito is a two-hour drive from the coast Los Angelesnestled between the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean.
Celebrities have migrated here from Hollywood over the decades, craving the slower pace and privacy it offers.
oprah winfrey, gwyneth paltrow and ellen degeneres All have multimillion-dollar estates in the narrow lanes of winding hillsides. Harry and Meghan’s $15 million home is considered a mid-range home in the area.
“We’re used to celebrities, but Harry and Meghan are a little different,” Ms Shelton said. “I think people were interested in the book because of the family dynamics and comparing the royal family to their own family.
“They’re not really interested in the politics of it.”
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In the café, the scent of eucalyptus fills the terrace where people are eating breakfast.
duke and duchess of sussex There are very few public appearances here these days, and there is less fanatic interest in their Netflix documentary series and various media interviews than in the UK.
“My friends scoffed at it all,” a former television executive who lives in Montecito told me.
“Netflix may have paid them $100 million, but they’re paying all the production crew and the company, so an element of it all is they’re thinking ‘what can we sell’.”
Prince Harry gave interviews to two of America’s two biggest TV channels to promote his book.
he was asked why he was Reignite the war with the royal family When he and Meghan claim to have moved to this exclusive corner of California to avoid the spotlight.
He told CNN’s Anderson Cooper: “Every time I try to do it privately, there are briefings and leaks. Our family motto is ‘never complain, never explain.’ A maxim that doesn’t really apply.”
Polls by US news organizations show that the American public is more sympathetic to Harry and Meghan’s plight than the British public.
“I certainly think the states have reacted most positively to Britain,” said US media commentator Skylar Baker-Jordan.
“I think Americans look at Prince Harry and see a vulnerable young man who is emotionally honest – maybe for the first time in his life – whereas Brits tend to see a spoiled rich kid , with all the privileges, life can bear complaining about the gilded cage in which he found himself.”
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