Harry and Meghan are sending their two-year-old son Archie to a nursery which teaches ’emotional literacy’, it can be revealed. The Duke, 37, and Duchess of Sussex, 40, who live in a $14million mansion in Montecito, California, often pick their son up from school where his classmates have ‘no idea’ he’s a member of the royal family, a fellow parent has claimed.
The school also teaches Spanish, music, dance, theatre and coding as well as the less traditional mindfulness and how to be kind.
A parent of one of Archie’s classmates told The Mirror: ‘Harry often drops Archie off and picks him up, and seems like a good dad. All the parents have been laidback in welcoming Harry and Meghan, without making a fuss. And to the other kids, Archie is just one of them. ‘They don’t know his parents are royalty, and probably wouldn’t care – unless Meghan was a Disney princess.’
The school also has small class sizes and children learn about the environment. It has gardens with hummingbirds, fruit trees, plants, butterflies, bees and students as young as two hep grow and harvest vegetables. The news comes amid reports Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are planning to leave their £11million California mansion because they are ‘not over the moon’ with it.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are reportedly looking to move from their nine-bedroom property in the exclusive neighbourhood of Montecito after just 18 months as they do not like its location. Insiders have claimed the couple are now looking at other places to raise their children Archie, two, and Lilibet, six months.
It comes after they spent their first Christmas as a family in the sprawling mansion, even showing a glimpse of their baby Lilibet for the first time on their Christmas card. The couple bought their mansion, which boasts 16 bathrooms, in Montecito, California, last year after quitting frontline royal duties and moving to the US.
The keys to Frogmore Cottage in Windsor were later handed to Princess Eugenie, who is living there with husband Jack Brooksbank and their son August. Surrounded by lush green gardens and overlooking the sea, the couple’s Californian home has a wine cellar, play area and a pub games room.
The home also boasts a gym, spa, cinema, separate guesthouse, tennis court, and a swimming pool. The previous owner of the Chateau of Riven Rock – as their new home is known – was Russian businessman Sergey Grishin – who purchased the property in 2009.
Grishin is also the former owner of a different California estate – known as the Scarface mansion because it appeared in the 1983 Al Pacino movie – which sold for a similarly cut-price $12million in 2015.
In August, Meghan Markle offered fans a rare glimpse inside the Californian mansion during a message shared on her 40th birthday. The Duchess of Sussex also showed the inside of the Californian mansion during an appearance on America’s Got Talent.