A surprise appearance from the Duchess of Sussex on an episode of America’s Got Talent last night offered a peak inside the living room of her new Californian mansion.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have been giving little glimpses inside the nine-bedroom, 16-bathroom, former home of a Russian Oligarch they recently shelled out US$10 million ($15m) for during virtual Zoom appearances.
While the ex-royal couple have revealed one or two personal objects in other videos, Meghan’s appearance on the season finale of the talent show offered the best look into their Montecito home that we’ve seen so far.
Meghan sent a video message to singer Archie Williams, 59, a humble man who had been wrongly incarcerated for 36 years. Behind her, carefully curated stacks of coffee table books and decor pieces provide some insight into the 39-year-old’s taste.
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The living room looks minimalist and comfortable, with a plush cream couch and neutral walls. Three monochrome prints and a selection of striped cushions add some texture to the space.
Behind the duchess, on the left-hand side of an antique-looking sideboard, is a bouquet of green hydrangeas placed in a statement vase.
We know Meghan is a fan of houseplants and fresh flowers (who isn’t?) because they are a regular feature of the Zoom interiors regardless of what room she’s in. A fiddle leaf fig was the star of the show in one recent Zoom interview, while another had her seated in front of a lovely flowering phalaenopsis orchid.
From the left of the frame, a $98 Diptyque Tubereuse candle can be seen next on the sideboard, behind Meghan’s shoulder.
The scent is described by Mecca online as: “an ode to the intoxicating scent of tuberose in the wide fields of Southern India, where these fragrant white flowers are grown.
“From the top of their long, slender stems, they exhale a heady yet fresh and green scent, delicately nuanced with fruity, milky notes.”
The Duchess is a long-standing fan of the brand, having also selected Diptyque’s Figuier candle with the woody scent of fig trees for her Toronto home.
The individual scented candle provides a balance to three large cathedral candles clustered on opulent candle sticks and a set of three decorative bowls perched on a pile of books.
Meghan and Harry show a clear appreciation for the art of photography.
Their collection of coffee table books includes Profiles by celebrity photographer Marc Hom, who has captured portraits of A-listers including Angelina Jolie, David Beckham and Michelle Obama.
A recent read appears to be Women: National Geographic Image Collection which is described as a ‘powerful photography collection, drawn from the celebrated National Geographic archive’.
The photography reveals the lives of women from around the globe and includes portraits and interviews with some of the couple’s dearest friends, like media mogul and neighbour Oprah Winfrey and activist Jane Goodall.
A Photographer’s Life; 1990-2005 by Annie Leibovitz may have been an addition by Prince Harry. The celebrity photographer has snapped the royal family on a number of intimate occasions between 2007 and 2016, and was notably commissioned by the Queen to take her 90th birthday portrait in 2017.
The only visible design book to make this living room collection is Wood and Iron: Industrial Interiors, intended to be a source of inspiration for those adopting industrial style. “Its nostalgic aesthetic and the sincerity and crudeness of its materials and functionality made it popular in working class neighbourhoods in the United States, giving birth to the loft living concept,” the description reads.