Inside the security of Sussexes Californian mansion as burglars found in area

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s $14.5million (£12.8m) Montecito mansion has been described as "Fort Knox" by a local resident.

Montecito florist Lynn has spent decades in the sunny California area and she spoke of the “military” atmosphere she detected in the security surrounding the house when delivering flowers for a "Miss M".

Alongside her employee Marcello Ross, Lynn said: “So I turned up and said I am here to deliver flowers. And I was told to drive on to the next gate and they were watching me on camera the whole time.”

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Marcello then chipped in as he said: “It is like Fort Knox up there!”

Lynn spoke of her experience being confronted by the Sussexes security and said they were reminiscent of the military.

She said: “There were guys there who looked like they had just come from the military. They had buzz cuts. They could have been armed.

“So I said I am delivering flowers. And the gate opens. You cannot even see the house, it is so far back. And then guys show up. It is like the military!

She added: “And I like to get out and out the final finishing touches before I deliver them and I had no idea who it was for. It was addressed to ‘Miss M’.

“All that security, though, it was so stupid! As if I was going to attack the place or blow the place up or something, so stupid!"

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Forbes has previously estimated that the Duke and Duchess' security bill could reach between $2m (£1.7m) and $3m (£2.7m) each year.

The overwhelming security is certainly justifiable after their home was said to have been "targeted by specialised burglary gangs".

Harry and Meghan's neighbourhood seems to be the focus of "sophisticated" burglary gangs that specialise in high-value properties which also houses the likes of Jennifer Aniston, Orlando Bloom and Oprah Winfrey.

There were 18 license plate recognition cameras that were installed by police officials from Santa Barbara's Sheriff's department following an increase of "high-value property crime" that has plagued the area of late.

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