Harry and Meghan facing eye-watering ‘£100k tax bill’ on California mansion

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are said to be facing a hefty 'council tax' bill on their American mansion, according to reports.

It's believed that the former military serviceman and retired actress faced bills of over £100k (in two £50k instalments) over the past tax year.

Documents uncovered by the Sunday Mirror claim that the cost of £51,978 came in two separate instalments for the couple.

The outlet claims that the hefty fee is almost double what property experts had previously estimated for their regal home in Montecito, California.

Harry and Meghan have been residing in the United States since deciding to quit as working royals in 2020.

Since then, they have purchased a large nine-bedroom home which is believed to have been worth £11.5 million, with their mortgage, said to be £7.4 million.

Previous owner, Russian businessman Sergey Grishin had paid £17 million on the large property just ten years prior to the pair moving in.

A source told the publication: "The bill is a huge sum but it's peanuts in relation to their earnings," but they are yet to cough up the first instalment that was due on December 10, with the second due on February 1.

It's claimed that there is a 10% penalty on any bills not paid by April 11.

Experts believe that the mansion that was built in 2003 is around £19.4million, with the property fully equipped with lots own gym, guest house, playground for their two children, spa, cinema room, and office.

Last month, it was reported that the couple was eyeing up the property market and hoping to sell their home that boasts neighbours including Ellen DeGeneres.

The Sussexes have been approached by the Daily Star for comment.

This weekend will see a ray of positivity shone on the pair, with Harry and Meghan being recognised by the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People).

Following the news, they said in a joint statement: "It's a true honour to be recognised by President Derrick Johnson and the NAACP, whose efforts to propel racial justice and civil rights are as vital today as they were nearly 115 years ago.

"We're proud to support the NAACP's work and to also partner with the organisation on the newly created annual NAACP-Archewell Digital Civil Rights Award, which will be bestowed to Dr Safiya Noble as part of the 53rd NAACP Image Awards."

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