‘Stalker’ is arrested while hiding outside Harry and Meghan’s Montecito mansion

  • Police received a call at 2 a.m. on Monday from a security staff member, reports say
  • Kevin Garcia Valdovinos, 29, was taken into custody

A suspected stalker was arrested while hiding outside Prince Harry and Meghan’s Montecito mansion in the middle of the night, according to reports.

It is understood that a member of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s $14m (£11m) California home security team placed the man under arrest before alerting the local police.

A spokesperson for the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office told TMZ they received a phone call around 2 a.m. Monday from security personnel.

The tabloid said Kevin Garcia Valdovinos, 29, was taken into custody at the entrance to the couple’s property.

Once the police arrived, the man was taken into custody and convicted of criminal harassment, before being released on bail.

TMZ reported that Kevin Garcia Valdovinos, 29, was taken into custody at the entrance to the couple’s property. Pictured: Harry and Meghan attend the Ms Foundation Women of Vision Awards in New York last night
A suspected stalker was arrested after hiding outside Prince Harry and Meghan’s (pictured) Montecito mansion in the middle of the night, according to reports

The law under which Valdovinos was arrested said it was not the first time he had committed such an offence.

TMZ reported that he didn’t go to the property, and it was something he said to security that prompted them to place him under citizen’s arrest.

Nine calls to the police in nine months from July 2020 to February 2021

July 2020: police were called four times, three of which were listed as “alarm activations” and one phone request

August 2020: A miscellaneous priority incident

November: Activation of the alarm

Christmas Eve: Nicholas Brooks allegedly violated property rights and was released with a warning

Boxing Day: Brooks arrived again and was arrested

February 2021: Activation of the alarm

It was unclear whether Harry and Meghan – or their two children Archie, 4, and Lilibet, 1 – were at home at the time of the arrest.

The couple were in New York last night to attend the Ms Foundation Women of Vision Awards, where Meghan received the 2023 award ‘for her global advocacy for the empowerment and defense of the rights of women and girls’.

The couple and their then-one-year-old son Archie moved into the exclusive neighborhood of Montecito in 2020.

They bought the lavish 18,000 square foot home, which sits on 5.4 acres of land, for $14.5m (£11m).

It was revealed a year later that the police had been called to the mansion nine times in as many months.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office even responded twice over Christmas to pick up an intruder who had traveled to the Sussexes’ home from Ohio.

The property’s alarm system had also been triggered five times during this period.

The data, obtained under freedom of information laws, was released after the couple aired their safety concerns in their explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey.

Meghan showed off a stunning strapless gold dress as she arrived at a glittering gala in New York – where she accepted the ‘Women of Vision’ award from pal Gloria Steinem. It is understood a ‘stalker’ was arrested at his home in California a day earlier

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Nickolas Brooks was the odd one out who drove from Ohio. He was caught trespassing on Christmas Eve 2020 and released with a warning. When he returned two days later, he was arrested and charged.

Brooks later said he may have been “high” at the time of the incident. It was later revealed that he had a previous conviction for taking part in an attack that left a man with a broken bone in his face.

He said: ‘I don’t know why I went to them, that’s kind of where I ended up. I’ve driven across the country – I know it’s crazy.

“I was told to stay away and that I’m never allowed to go back, but I don’t have to appear in court. I spent a night in jail and they told me to stay away in the future.

News of Brooks’ failings came just a week after Harry said he was worried about his family’s safety. The prince aired his fears during the couple’s explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey on March 7, 2021.

Harry has revealed how Buckingham Palace revoked their security details when they quit as senior royals and moved to North America.

He said he and Meghan signed their lucrative deals with Netflix and Spotify because they needed money to cover their own security after being “cut off financially” by the Palace after leaving the UK.

“I have what my mom left me, and without it, we couldn’t have done this,” he told Oprah at the time.

Nickolas Brooks broke into Sussex mansion after driving from Ohio

“During Covid, a friend’s suggestion was, ‘What about streamers? ‘ Harry said, while Meghan added: ‘We really hadn’t thought of that before.

Harry continued: “So there were all sorts of different options. And look, from my perspective, all I needed was enough money to be able to pay for security to protect my family.

The deals with Netflix and Spotify were worth $100m (£80m) and $25m (£20m) respectively, while Harry has since released a memoir titled ‘Spare’, which – according to Guinness World Records – became the fastest selling non-fiction book of all time as of its release date.

It is widely reported that Harry was paid $20m (£16m) for the book deal.

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