Human remains have been unearthed on a road just yards from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s California mansion.
The bones were found on May 24 on a road in Montecito adjacent to the street of the couple’s $14.7 million luxury complex, according to a spokeswoman for the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office.
They looked like a “young adult” and were “very old,” the spokeswoman said, and may be Native American in origin dating back centuries.
They were reportedly discovered during landscaping, she said, and the sheriff’s office had enlisted the help of a forensic anthropologist to investigate their true origins.
Human remains were found on a property several feet away from Meghan and Harry’s $14.7 million mansion in Montecito, California, local sheriff officials confirmed.
Authorities said the bones were not connected to the royal family but could in fact be ancient remains overblijfsel
Early reports indicate that the remains, which were found about a meter deep, may have come from the Chumash people, which have roots in the area dating back nearly 11,000 years.
Work on the site was halted and the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office said it was in contact with the local Native American commission to determine next steps pending the outcome of the forensic anthropologist’s investigation.
Officials could not confirm whether the bones belong to Chumash, but that it likely was, “because we live in that area,” the spokeswoman said.
She added: “Until we have an official verdict from the forensic anthropologist, we’re not going to say it one way or another.”
However, authorities confirmed that the property on which the remains were found was unrelated to the Meghan and Harrys.
The couple bought the mansion from Russian businessman Sergey Grishin in June 2020.
The Russian bought it in 2009 for more than $25 million and had spent years trying to sell the house for up to $34 million before eventually taking a loss on the property.
There has been speculation about how much the palatial home will cost to maintain, with estimates that it could be as high as $4.4 million a year, taking into account mortgage payments, property taxes, staff, utilities and security.
The couple bought the property from a Russian business magnate in June 2020
The couple lives among a number of other stars in the upscale neighborhood, such as their girlfriend Oprah and Ellen DeGeneres.
The discovery of the bones is the last bit of bad luck for the couple since they moved in.
The property was violated twice by the same intruder during the Christmas holidays.
Nickolas Brooks, 37, was first caught entering the $14.65 million property in Montecito on Dec. 24, but Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office officers let him off with a warning, TMZ reported.
Two days later, Brooks reappeared on December 26 and was subsequently arrested and charged with one count of felony felony.
Brooks had driven all the way from Ohio. It is unclear why he went to the house or whether the Duke and Duchess were there at the time.
In April, it was revealed that the police had been called to the house nine times in as many months.
In addition to the intruder, the property’s alarm system went off five more times.
One call is recorded as a telephone request, while the others are labeled ‘alarm activations’ and all occurred in the early morning hours.
The Chumash made contact with the first Spanish European settlers in the area in 1542, and Spain would settle the area in 1770, causing a major uproar for the natives.
While there is still no official confirmation, the location of the remains indicates that they may belong to Chumash. The Chumash people have roots in the area dating back 11,000 years
Today there are 5,000 Chumash members left
Mexico would capture the area in 1834 and cause further disruption, driving even more Chumash off the land before America took the area for itself in 1848.
In 1855, a tract of land was set aside in the area for the remaining 100 Chumash known to live there, with an official reservation being established in 1901.
Today there are an estimated 5,000 Chumash members.
Chumash means “bead maker” in the group’s native language.