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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s dream of getting away from the stresses of city life may not have gone quite according to plan.
While their secluded nine-bedroom, 16-bathroom home in Santa Barbara, California, is a short walk from a large farm, it’s not somewhere the royal couple can take little Archie to look at cute animals. It’s a giant cannabis farm.
A legal weed firm has 20 large greenhouses full of the plants just minutes from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s mansion in California.
And following a string of complaints from neighbours, the company has vowed to install new "odour control systems".
One local told the Sunday Mirror the smell can get so bad he sometimes had to pull over while driving.
The factory is less than a 10-minute drive from the Montecito mansion where the couple live with son Archie, two, and two-month-old daughter Lilibet.
Yesterday local Gregory Gandrud, 60, said of the new anti-smell measures: "This is good news for us, and Harry and Meghan.
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"The stink was getting stronger and heading their way. I was driving along the freeway and was hit hard by the smell. I had to pull over. It made me completely lose my train of thought.
"It doesn’t make you high but it’s not what you want driving at 70mph.
"Lots of people here are suffering."
Richard Mineards, another neighbour, added: "Growing cannabis near here became legal in 2016 and lots of growers jumped on the bandwagon."
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The Santa Barbara Coalition of Responsible Cannabis and Cannabis Association for Responsible Producers have both promised a "new expanded odour response process".
Harry, 36, admitted to smoking pot as a teenager and was sent to a drug rehab clinic for a day, at 17, by Prince Charles.
Meghan, 40, reportedly gave guests a joint at her first wedding in Jamaica – where the drug is legal – in 2011.
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