Security alerts triggered at the Southern California home of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex alerted the Police nine times in as many months according to official sources.
Since the couple and their one-year-old son Archie moved into their Montecito mansion in last July, the County Sheriff’s Office in Santa Barbara has dealt with calls recorded as phone requests, alarm activations and property crimes.
The data was released after the couple revealed their security concerns in an explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey.
A call was listed as a phone request while the others are labelled “alarm activations” with all of them occurring in the early hours of the morning.
A request in August was also listed as “Misc Priority Incdnt”, while November also withnessed another alarm.
Sheriff’s deputies were also called to the property at 4.13 pm on Christmas Eve after a man was alleged to have trespassed and officers returned to the mansion on Boxing Day at 2.54pm for a call listed under “Property Crimes”.
An alarm activation was the latest call from the couple’s home. It happened at around 2.21am on 16 February this year.
Representatives for Harry and Meghan as well as a spokeswoman for the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office declined declined to comment or provide additional details about the calls.
The couple’s security arrangements has been in the news ever since the interview with Oprah in March and the duchess, who is pregnant with a daughter, claims pleaded with Harry’s family not to take away his personal protection officers in a letter she sent to them, warning he was facing death threats.
Harry said, “I was born into this position. I inherited the risk. So that was a shock to me.” when speaking on the security challenges his family has been facing.
He also said, “The biggest concern was while we were in Canada, in someone else’s house, I then got told, short notice, that security was going to be removed. By this point, courtesy of the Daily Mail, the world knew our exact location.”
“So suddenly it dawned on me – ‘Hang on a second, the borders could be closed, we’re going to have our security removed, who knows how long lockdown is going to be, the world knows where we are, it’s not safe, it’s not secure, we probably need to get out of here’.”