As with any A-list move to Tinsel Town, we can’t help but speculate which stars Harry and Meghan may be calling neighbours as they hunt for properties in Los Angeles.
The couple, who stepped down from their roles as senior royals, reportedly relocated to Meghan’s home town in California prior to the coronavirus pandemic closing the borders between Canada and the United States.
Now living closer to Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland with their 11-month-old baby Archie, the pair could be calling anyone from Leonardo DiCaprio to Lady Gaga their next door neighbour.
Rumours around the Duke and Duchess’ real estate searches highlight Malibu, Beverly Hills and the Pacific Palisades as keen suburbs of interest.
As speculation reaches a fever pitch, it’s curious to note which celebrities already call these suburbs home.
A Malibu move could see Harry and Meghan call environmental activist and Hollywood heartthrob Leonardo DiCaprio their neighbour, with the actor regularly snapped enjoying the beaches surrounding the suburb.
Plus, if they’re looking to make ‘Friends’, Courteney Cox – or Monica, to us sitcom sycophants – also resides in the neighbourhood.
The gated compound of the LA community is also known to house Lady Gaga and Cindy Crawford.
Harry and Meghan are no strangers to engaging with high profile friends, yet they may want to avoid hotspots for photographers and the paparazzi following their public battle against the tabloids.
The Pacific Palisades – home to Tom Hanks and Ben Affleck – has been known to house “200 to 300 photographers” at a time, according to veteran paparazzi photographer Mark Karloff.
Karloff told the Daily Star the press is “really hungry for pictures right now.”
While details around Harry and Meghan’s move remain unclear, their departure from life as senior royals was partly hinged on the way British tabloids had hounded them.
The Sussexes recently addressed the matter in a direct email to four separate publications, stating they would no longer engage with those organisations and would afford “no corroboration and zero engagements”.
The letter stipulated that while the couple believe the “free press is a cornerstone to any democracy,” they also argue, “when power is enjoyed without responsibility, the trust we all place in this much needed industry is degraded.”
Wherever the Duke and Duchess choose to locate, safe to say we all wish we were in a position to possibly call Tom Hanks our neighbour.