The Duke and Duchess of Sussex seem to have embraced a California cool lifestyle.Two years after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced they’d be stepping down as working royals and living outside of the United Kingdom, it would appear that the couple and their two young children are enjoying life stateside. In a new video released on the New Zealand current affairs show Te Ao with Moana, the Duke of Sussex gives viewers a small peek inside his Montecito, California home.
In keeping with California minimalism and the style of the Duchess’s home office (shop the look of that room here), the space is laidback and supremely nature-inspired. A distressed white abstract art piece sits behind him, while a set of three simple wooden candle holders (these hand carved candle holders from Nomad Home are rather similar) and a plant peeking in beside them add dimension. The candle holders, painting, and a stack of green books sit on a more industrial-leaning console table that closely resembles Saracina Home’s X Frame Entry Table. All in all, the space is far more casual than the palaces Prince Harry once occupied, though no less stylish. In any case, the California property is definitely more hospitable to the family’s chickens and accompanying coop.
The organic vibe of their space also feels linked to the cause Prince Harry is talking about in the video—sustainability, and more specifically the practices of the Māori people of New Zealand. “I’ve been to Aotearoa [New Zealand, in the Māori-language] a number of times throughout my life and have always felt a deep respect and connection to the Māori people, who make me feel so welcome every time,” he explained in the clip, in between communicating in the Māori language itself. “The Māori culture inherently understands sustainable practices and how to take better care of our life-giving land, which are critical lessons that we can all learn.”
The video comes as Travalyst, the sustainable tourism coalition that the Duke founded in 2019, announces their first consumer campaign which aims to make sustainable travel more approachable. Travalyst’s list of partners includes Booking.com, Expedia Group, Google, Skycanner, Tripadvisor, and Visa.