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Inside Meghan Markle & Prince Harry’s Californian paradise garden – with romantic walkways, a chicken coop & huge pool

MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry may have left behind palace life, but their new £11million mansion’s grounds are certainly fit for royalty.

From a huge adventure playground for the kids, to fairytale walkways, their garden has proven to be a natural choice to host some of the couple’s recent photoshoots.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex moved into their Montecito pad in 2020 and have given royal fans a glimpse inside the spectacular garden.

In their recent cover shoot for Time's list of top 100 most influential people, the couple were photographed walking through their grounds.

One of the shots shows Meghan and Harry walking along a gravel pathway surrounded by tropical plants and trees.

But what else do we know about the couple’s jaw-dropping garden?

Playground for Archie and Lilibet

Archie and Lilibet may not be growing up in a British palace, but their home sounds like a children’s paradise.

The two youngsters have an incredible adventure playground outside, as well as a playhouse, and an indoor princess playhouse.

The outdoor adventure area has slides, swings, a climbing frame, climbing wall, helter skelter and other fun obstacle courses.

And we’ve already seen a sneak peek at their garden playhouse, when the Sussexes shared a painting of them outside for their 2020 Christmas card.

The Sussex brood have five acres of land surrounding their Santa Barbara mansion, so it looks perfect for Lilibet and Archie to enjoy.

Chicken mansion

Meghan and Prince Harry gave Oprah the grand tour of their mansion and revealed they have rescue chickens from a factory farm.

The couple walked the talk show host to their coop - a home to rescued chickens.

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In the video clip, an adorable red hen house dubbed "Archie's Chick Inn" was also spotted.

Oprah said the chickens were saved from a nearby factory farm.

Vegetable patch

The couple are said to grow their own vegetables in their garden, and use the ingredients for their meals.

After Lilibet’s birth, a friend told Closer: "The couple has been relaxing at home since becoming proud parents of Lilibet.

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"Harry is a devoted family man and has been helping out around the house.

"He picks vegetables from the garden to make fresh juices for Meghan and entertains Archie when she needs to rest up. 

“He loves taking Archie to see the chickens or for a swim in the pool."

Cute seating areas

Last September, the couple weighed in on the US election when they filmed a special message to voters outside their home.

The pair were filmed sitting on a bench in the middle of a neatly trimmed patch of grass.

Either side of them, there were well maintained flower beds and a large tree - which would later feature in their pregnancy photoshoot - loomed behind.

The couple took out a massive £7.25m mortgage on their lavish nine bedroom, 16 bathroom estate - which they are calling their "sanctuary".

It also boasts a pool, theatre, arcade and guest house.

We shared how Meghan and Prince Harry said ‘where you’re born should not dictate your ability to survive’ at Covid concert.

Here is how Meghan is morphing into a Kardashian with near-identical outfit choices during New York tour.

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