The Duke and Duchess splash out a reported £15,000-a-month on maintaining their garden which includes immaculately pruned roses, blooming lavender bushes and century-old olive trees, according to estimations by Luxury Hotel.
Maintaining this luscious outdoor space is now under threat after authorities in the LA state issued a “stop watering” notice last month. It threatens to push up the already eye-watering cost of tending to their sprawling estate which is located in the exclusive community east of Santa Barbara.
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.
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?”