Harry and Meghan’s idyllic California garden under threat as state brings in ban

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PRINCE HARRY and Meghan Markle’s £11 million Californian mansion’s lush gardens could be under threat after a “stop watering” notice was issued.

Residents have been instructed to preserve water as a result of a drought that could trigger wildfires in the state’s arid landscape.

Anyone caught falling foul of the rules will face fines of up to £370.

Violations include watering the grass within 48 hours of rainfall, filling decorative fountains and washing cars without a shut-off nozzle on the hose.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (Image: Getty/Google Maps)

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (Image: Getty)

It comes after mid-December saw 80 percent of the state fall under “extreme” or “exceptional” drought conditions.

The new rules will last a year and there are no exceptions for golf courses or other recreational facilities.

One local water expert, who did not wish to be named, told the Telegraph: “There is only a certain amount of available water for the community, no one really knows how much.

“Why should the wealthy be able to drain these community water sources at will, from their private wells without oversight, only to sustain lush green lawns and gardens?”

The royal couple’s neighbour Oprah Winfrey – who interviewed them for their bombshell chat last March – is also set to be affected by the move.

It emerged as a royal expert claimed that the content proposed for the couple’s with Netflix didn’t “exactly sound like they will be setting viewers or Hollywood on fire”.

Royal commentator Daniela Elser said that “more than 14 months” on from signing a deal the couple have yet to deliver content.

The couple with their son Archie

The couple with their son Archie (Image: Getty)

Writing in the New Zealand Herald, she said: “More than 14 months ago, in September 2020, when their money-making marriage with the streaming was first revealed, they loftily promised they would be making ‘content that informs but also gives hope’. Goodo then, but where is it?”

However, Ms Elser claims that while the content could be “touching and powerful”, it might not make an impact with audiences.

She wrote: “These might both prove to be touching and powerful shows but on paper, they don’t exactly sound like they will be setting viewers or Hollywood on fire.”

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (Image: Getty)

She did point out, however, that the delay could be because high-quality TV and documentaries can be time-consuming to create, and it’s a situation made that much more difficult by the pandemic.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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