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The home next door to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Montecito mansion has gone up for sale for $22 million.

It’s the former home to actor Rob Lowe, reports local outlet Noozhawk

In a listing for the seven-bedroom estate potential buyers are shown round its 13-bathrooms, pool with a cabana and two separate one-bedroom guesthouses. It also boasts ocean and mountain views and a gym. 

An offer was placed on the 16,668 square feet property on Saturday, The New York Post reports, but backup offers are being considered. Gwyneth Paltrow, Ellen DeGeneres, as well as the couple’s interview host Oprah Winfrey, also live nearby. 

The home – which is just yards from the Duke and Duchesses’ property and sits on 5.56 acres of land – is around a two-hour drive from downtown Los Angeles. It was built in 1999. Actor Rob Lowe was the former owner, Noozhawk reported, though it’s unclear if he’s the immediate past resident.

Harry and Meghan gushed about their new life in Los Angeles in the Oprah interview aired Sunday as they shared candid footage of son Archie playing on a beach and showed off the hens they rescued from a factory farm.  

Meghan told the talk show host, who also happens to be a neighbor, how their move to California was ‘greater than any fairytale you’ve ever read’ after revealing she had been left feeling suicidal while living as a senior royal in the UK.

She claimed she and Harry want to ‘live authentically’ and get back ‘down to basics’ as they offered a glimpse into their life in their $14.5million mansion by showing Oprah around Archie’s chicken coop. 

The home next door to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle¿s Montecito mansion has gone up for sale for $22 million

The home next door to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Montecito mansion has gone up for sale for $22 million

In a listing for the seven-bedroom estate potential buyers are shown round its 13-bathrooms, a pool with a cabana and two separate one-bedroom guesthouses. It also boasts ocean and mountain views and a gym

In a listing for the seven-bedroom estate potential buyers are shown round its 13-bathrooms, a pool with a cabana and two separate one-bedroom guesthouses. It also boasts ocean and mountain views and a gym

An offer was placed on the 16,668 square feet property on Saturday but backup offers are being considered

An offer was placed on the 16,668 square feet property on Saturday but backup offers are being considered

Gwyneth Paltrow, Ellen DeGeneres as well as Monday night's interview host Oprah Winfrey also live nearby

Gwyneth Paltrow, Ellen DeGeneres as well as Monday night’s interview host Oprah Winfrey also live nearby

The home is just yards from the Duke and Duchesses' property and sits on 5.56 acres of land

The home is just yards from the Duke and Duchesses’ property and sits on 5.56 acres of land

The property is around a two-hour drive from downtown Los Angeles and was built in 1999

The property is around a two-hour drive from downtown Los Angeles and was built in 1999

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have insisted their interview with Oprah Winfrey would be the 'last word' on them quitting as senior royals

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have insisted their interview with Oprah Winfrey would be the ‘last word’ on them quitting as senior royals 

The couple moved into their sprawling nine-bedroom and 16-bathroom mansion in upscale Montecito for $14.65million in June last year. 

The 14,563-square-foot home, known as ‘The Chateau’, sits on 5.4 acres of land and immaculately clipped hedges border the estate’s stone-pillared entry gates. 

Property listings say the home took nearly five years to build and included a library, office, spa with a separate dry and wet sauna, a gym with a stripper pole, game room, arcade, theater, wine cellar and five-car garage.  

The entrance to the property opens onto a wide lane paved with hand-cut Santa Barbara Stone that leads through a grand archway of trees to the main residence, according to Zillow. 

The estate has sweeping lawns, tiered rose gardens, tall Italian cypress trees, blooming lavender, century old olive trees, a tennis court, tea house, children’s cottage and a pool. 

It also boasts a two-bedroom, two-bath guest house, perfect for Meghan’s mother Doria, who is acting as one-year-old Archie’s nanny     

Harry and Meghan gushed about their new life in the Oprah interview aired Sunday; their neighbor's home is pictured

Harry and Meghan gushed about their new life in the Oprah interview aired Sunday; their neighbor’s home is pictured 

Meghan told Oprah, who also happens to be a neighbor, how their move to California was 'greater than any fairytale you've ever read' after revealing she had been left feeling suicidal while living as a senior royal in the UK

Meghan told Oprah, who also happens to be a neighbor, how their move to California was ‘greater than any fairytale you’ve ever read’ after revealing she had been left feeling suicidal while living as a senior royal in the UK

The home next door to the couple comes complete with a pool and cabana; it was put on the market earlier this year

The home next door to the couple comes complete with a pool and cabana; it was put on the market earlier this year 

Harry and Meghan moved into their sprawling nine-bedroom and 16-bathroom mansion in upscale Montecito for $14.65million in June last year. Their neighbor's yard is pictured

Harry and Meghan moved into their sprawling nine-bedroom and 16-bathroom mansion in upscale Montecito for $14.65million in June last year. Their neighbor’s yard is pictured 

Harry and Meghan's home sits on 5.4 acres of land; their neighbor's home is pictured in a realtor's listing

Harry and Meghan’s home sits on 5.4 acres of land; their neighbor’s home is pictured in a realtor’s listing 

The couple announced in the show they are expecting a girl in the summer before accusing an unnamed member of the Royal Family of raising ‘concerns’ about ‘how dark’ Archie’s skin would be before he was born. Oprah later clarified Harry had confirmed the comment was not made by the Duke of Edinburgh or the Queen.

They also said he was denied 24/7 security and the title of being a prince by Buckingham Palace.  

The home was once owned by Rob Lowe, reports local Santa Barbara site Noozhawk

The home was once owned by Rob Lowe, reports local Santa Barbara site Noozhawk

Meghan told Oprah the couple are embracing a more ‘authentic’ life since they quit the Royal Family as senior working royals last year. 

‘I think just being able to live authentically [has been the most important thing],’ said Meghan.

‘This kind of stuff is so basic, but it’s really fulfilling and about getting back to basics.’

This ‘back to basics’ lifestyle comes after they set up home in their sprawling nine-bedroom and 16-bathroom $14.65 million mansion in upscale Montecito back in July, where their neighbors include Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres and Ariana Grande.   

Meghan and Harry took the talk show host around the grounds of their lavish home and introduced her to their rescued birds which live in Archie’s chicken coop.      

A plaque on the side of the hut reads ‘Archie’s Chick Inn. Established 2021’.  

The couple announced in the show they are expecting a girl in the summer before accusing an unnamed member of the Royal Family of raising 'concerns' about 'how dark' Archie's skin would be before he was born

The couple announced in the show they are expecting a girl in the summer before accusing an unnamed member of the Royal Family of raising ‘concerns’ about ‘how dark’ Archie’s skin would be before he was born 

Meghan told Oprah the couple are embracing a more 'authentic' life since they quit the Royal Family as senior working royals last year. 'I think just being able to live authentically [has been the most important thing],' said Meghan

Meghan told Oprah the couple are embracing a more ‘authentic’ life since they quit the Royal Family as senior working royals last year. ‘I think just being able to live authentically [has been the most important thing],’ said Meghan

This 'back to basics' lifestyle comes after they set up home in their sprawling nine-bedroom and 16-bathroom $14.65 million mansion in upscale Montecito back in July, where their neighbors include Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres and Ariana Grande

This ‘back to basics’ lifestyle comes after they set up home in their sprawling nine-bedroom and 16-bathroom $14.65 million mansion in upscale Montecito back in July, where their neighbors include Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres and Ariana Grande

Meghan and Harry took the talk show host around the grounds of their lavish home and introduced her to their rescued birds which live in Archie's chicken coop. A plaque on the side of the hut reads 'Archie's Chick Inn. Established 2021'. Their neighbor's home boasts this private drive way, realtor pictures show

Meghan and Harry took the talk show host around the grounds of their lavish home and introduced her to their rescued birds which live in Archie’s chicken coop. A plaque on the side of the hut reads ‘Archie’s Chick Inn. Established 2021’. Their neighbor’s home boasts this private drive way, realtor pictures show 

The home boasts 13 bathrooms, including the one pictured above with stunning view of the California countryside

The home boasts 13 bathrooms, including the one pictured above with stunning view of the California countryside 

While much of the interview honed in on the couple's criticism of life in the UK and 'The Firm', they told new neighbor Oprah how they are now 'thriving' and have found their 'happy ending' since upping sticks and moving to LA. Their neighbor's pator is pictured

While much of the interview honed in on the couple’s criticism of life in the UK and ‘The Firm’, they told new neighbor Oprah how they are now ‘thriving’ and have found their ‘happy ending’ since upping sticks and moving to LA. Their neighbor’s pator is pictured 

A second kitchen is pictured in the home, which is under offer after 47 days on the market, The New York Post reports

A second kitchen is pictured in the home, which is under offer after 47 days on the market, The New York Post reports

The listing describes 'acres of ocean/mountain views, lush lawns, citrus trees, verdant gardens, creeks, bridges & pathways framing a remarkable residence, setting the bar for luxury'

The listing describes ‘acres of ocean/mountain views, lush lawns, citrus trees, verdant gardens, creeks, bridges & pathways framing a remarkable residence, setting the bar for luxury’

The home also has a 'new secondary culinary arts kitchen the envy of any 5 star restaurant', according to the listing

The home also has a ‘new secondary culinary arts kitchen the envy of any 5 star restaurant’, according to the listing 

While much of the interview honed in on the couple's criticism of life in the UK and 'The Firm', they told new neighbor Oprah how they are now 'thriving' and have found their 'happy ending' since upping sticks and moving to LA

While much of the interview honed in on the couple’s criticism of life in the UK and ‘The Firm’, they told new neighbor Oprah how they are now ‘thriving’ and have found their ‘happy ending’ since upping sticks and moving to LA

In the bombshell two-hour special Meghan revealed she was suicidal when she was pregnant and had told Harry: 'I don't want to be alive anymore'. Meanwhile Harry revealed he didn't realize he was 'trapped' in his Royal life until he met Meghan and how he has 'compassion' for his other family members are still 'trapped'

In the bombshell two-hour special Meghan revealed she was suicidal when she was pregnant and had told Harry: ‘I don’t want to be alive anymore’. Meanwhile Harry revealed he didn’t realize he was ‘trapped’ in his Royal life until he met Meghan and how he has ‘compassion’ for his other family members are still ‘trapped’

While much of the interview honed in on the couple’s criticism of life in the UK and ‘The Firm’, they told new neighbor Oprah how they are now ‘thriving’ and have found their ‘happy ending’ since upping sticks and moving to LA.

In the bombshell two-hour special Meghan revealed she was suicidal when she was pregnant and had told Harry: ‘I don’t want to be alive anymore’.

Meanwhile Harry revealed he didn’t realize he was ‘trapped’ in his Royal life until he met Meghan and how he has ‘compassion’ for his other family members are still ‘trapped’.

‘I was trapped but I didn’t know I was trapped,’ he said. 

‘I myself was trapped as well. I didn’t see a way out. I was trapped but I didn’t know I was trapped,’ he said. 

‘Trapped within the system, like the rest of my family are. My father and my brother, they are trapped. They don’t get to leave, and I have huge compassion for that.’ 

Other shock claims about their old life included allegations that Prince Charles stopped taking Harry's calls after they decided to quit the Royal Family

Other shock claims about their old life included allegations that Prince Charles stopped taking Harry’s calls after they decided to quit the Royal Family

Like the previous photograph, both the Duke and Duchess are seen barefoot with the same large tree in the background

Like the previous photograph, both the Duke and Duchess are seen barefoot with the same large tree in the background

However, Meghan is seen wearing a different dress to the previous image announcing her pregnancy

However, Meghan is seen wearing a different dress to the previous image announcing her pregnancy

Stony-faced royals on Monday broke cover amid the continuing fallout from an onslaught of damaging allegations from Harry and Meghan's Oprah interview. The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, bore grim expressions as they were seen driving through London this afternoon

Stony-faced royals on Monday broke cover amid the continuing fallout from an onslaught of damaging allegations from Harry and Meghan’s Oprah interview. The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, bore grim expressions as they were seen driving through London this afternoon

Harry and Meghan's neighbor's home is pictured; it has an eight car subterranean auto gallery and a two bay chauffeurs garage  with security offices upstairs

Harry and Meghan’s neighbor’s home is pictured; it has an eight car subterranean auto gallery and a two bay chauffeurs garage  with security offices upstairs

Another of the home's seven bedrooms is pictured. Those with a spare $22 million can move in next door to Harry and Meghan

Another of the home’s seven bedrooms is pictured. Those with a spare $22 million can move in next door to Harry and Meghan

The outside of the home shows three large doors leading out on to a patio area

The outside of the home shows three large doors leading out on to a patio area

Other shock claims about their old life included allegations that Prince Charles stopped taking Harry’s calls after they decided to quit the Royal Family. 

The couple on Monday shared a previously unreleased image showing the Duke of Sussex, 36, cuddling his pregnant wife, 39, as she holds Archie, one, in a lush Los Angeles garden. The toddler’s face is hidden from view behind that of his mother’s. 

Like the previous photograph, both the Duke and Duchess are seen barefoot with the same large tree in the background. However, Meghan is seen wearing a different dress to the previous image announcing her pregnancy. 

Stony-faced royals on Monday broke cover amid the continuing fallout from an onslaught of damaging allegations from Harry and Meghan’s Oprah interview. The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, bore grim expressions as they were seen driving through London this afternoon. 

The home sits in more than five acres of land and is nestled in the Calfornia countryside

The home sits in more than five acres of land and is nestled in the Calfornia countryside 

The location of the home is popular with celebrities and takes around two hours to drive to LA

The location of the home is popular with celebrities and takes around two hours to drive to LA 

It is not known who has made an offer on the home; it's grand staircase is pictured

It is not known who has made an offer on the home; it’s grand staircase is pictured 

Harry and Meghan look set to have new neighbors after an offer was placed on the home; a walk in closet is pictured

Harry and Meghan look set to have new neighbors after an offer was placed on the home; a walk in closet is pictured 

The stunning home looks fit for royalty; it's pool area is pictured

The stunning home looks fit for royalty; it’s pool area is pictured 

The property also comes with a gym for home workouts, picturd, and was completed in 1999

The property also comes with a gym for home workouts, picturd, and was completed in 1999 

It has two, one bed room, guest houses, perfect for those who like to entertain

It has two, one bed room, guest houses, perfect for those who like to entertain 

One of the home's reception rooms is pictured; The lisitng states: 'Master suite to end all others replete w/ its own accessories boutique'

One of the home’s reception rooms is pictured; The lisitng states: ‘Master suite to end all others replete w/ its own accessories boutique’

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The Courts Service has openly contradicted An Garda Síochána’s declaration that journalists were barred from a court sitting in Waterford earlier this month on the orders of a district justice.

Former Fianna Fáil election candidate Kieran Hartley appeared before Judge Brian O’Shea at Dungarvan District Court on October 13th on a Section 6 public order charge for allegedly committing an offence against a family member of a local garda.

Journalists Eoghan Dalton and Christy Parker were barred for more than three hours from entering the court chamber by two gardaí, who said they had been told the judge had directed that no press be allowed in.

The decision to bar the press – the second time that this has happened to a court hearing where Judge O’Shea was sitting following an incident at a Dublin hearing in 2017 – has now been raised with Garda management.

During exchanges with the reporters, who questioned the decision, one garda said “no one is allowed in this morning”, and while they “honestly” did not “know any details of it” they had been “directed by the court to not allow anyone into it”.

The Garda Press Office later that day insisted “the presiding judge had directed that the court be cleared of persons not involved in the case” as a “voir dire” was in operation.

A voir dire normally occurs when a judge seeks to determine an issue in the course of a trial rather than in advance of one, and very rarely applies at District Court level. Journalists may witness proceedings but not report the details.

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Questioned later, however, the press office said: “The court garda cleared the court as requested by the judge”, and that “it is understood that members of the media who so arrived after that point were inadvertently prevented from accessing the courtroom”.

The Courts Service on Friday said: “At no stage did Judge O’Shea or Courts Service officials issue a direction that the case should be held otherwise than in public”.

“The court sitting at Dungarvan District Court on Wednesday, October 13th, was a public hearing. It involved the hearing of certain arguments in a case, before the ‘substantive’ matter might be heard at another time,” the spokesman said.

“In the absence of an order the law requires that the proceedings take place in public: we are committed to that principle. The alleged actions of gardaí in not allowing access to some media is a matter for Garda management.

“These issues have been raised with Garda management,” said the Courts Service, which is understood to have checked its own records carefully ahead of making its public statement.

When the case came to court on September 22nd, solicitor Paddy Gordon, acting for defence solicitor Frank Buttimer, questioned the legitimacy of statements presented by An Garda Síochána. Mr Gordon claimed they were “not our statements and we want them examined forensically”.

Deferring the matter to the October 13th sitting of Dungarvan District Court, Judge O’Shea instructed that investigating Garda Tom Daly be present, along with his notebook and all original statements.

The judge also asked that Tramore District Superintendent Paul O’Driscoll attend the hearing, which would commence at 10am prior to the main court business.

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Mr Hartley unsuccessfully contested the 2014 European elections as Fianna Fáil’s Ireland South candidate. He resigned from the party acrimoniously in 2018 following his criticism of its handling of matters related to convicted paedophile Bill Kenneally, whose cousin Brendan was a former Fianna Fáil junior minister.

Judge O’Shea did not issue a written verdict on the present case against Mr Hartley, but it is understood the Garda testaments will stand as presented when it is heard.

Mr Buttimer said he was “not in a position to comment at present”.

Sinn Féin’s justice spokesman Martin Kenny said it was “highly unusual” and that he would be writing to Garda headquarters seeking an explanation. “Justice has to be seen to be done as well as being done, and I find it quite alarming that we’d be in this situation.”

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Darlington is cheapest for homes, London’s Kensington most expensive

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We all know about the North-South divide. We all know about the Prime Minister’s attempt at ‘levelling up’. We all know about the crumbling Red Wall.

But when it comes to property, the facts of the matter tell their own story. According to Churchill Home Insurance, Darlington in County Durham is the cheapest place to buy a property in the country, at just £58 per square foot.

Which is staggering when you compare it to the most expensive — Kensington in central London, where the average price per square foot stands at £1,721. 

Imposing: The Clock Tower in Darlington, County Durham - the cheapest place to buy a property in the country, at just £58 per square foot

Imposing: The Clock Tower in Darlington, County Durham – the cheapest place to buy a property in the country, at just £58 per square foot

Music giants Robbie Williams and Eric Clapton have homes in this exclusive royal borough home, as do entrepreneurs Sir Richard Branson and Sir James Dyson.

But here’s the twist: anyone looking to take advantage of Darlington’s prices might have to move fast because there are plans to turn this market town into the hottest property in the north.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak is opening up a smart new division of the Treasury there over the next five years, moving about a quarter of the department. 

That’s about 400 people, many of whom will be local recruits. ‘We’re giving talented people in the North-East the opportunity to work in the heart of Government, making decisions on important issues for our country,’ explains Sunak.

So what are the draws of these polar-opposite locations?

Kensington is one of the crown jewels of London neighbourhoods featuring not just top museums but also a host of chic cafes, boutique shops, and even Kensington Palace, where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge live with their children.

There are three Zone 1 underground stations and several independent schools, and you’re a stroll away from the West End. 

Upmarket: A terrace in Kensington, London, where the average price per square foot stands at £1,721

Upmarket: A terrace in Kensington, London, where the average price per square foot stands at £1,721

Top restaurants include Daphne’s and Launceston Place — both favourites of the late Princess Diana — and the iconic Bibendum with two Michelin stars.

There’s no surprises when it comes to property values in this area; they’re stellar. The cheapest property in Kensington for sale on Rightmove in the middle of October was priced at £40,000 and that was just a space in a car park. 

The most expensive listing, by contrast, was a seven- bedroom semi, with an eye-watering asking price of £30 million.

Of just over 510 property sales in the past year, the average price was a slightly more modest £2,169,235, according to Zoopla, but that’s after prices took a 4 per cent knock as fewer people bought in London during the pandemic.

It’s a different story in Darlington, which has a modest average property price of £172,724, according to Zoopla. 

But things are changing; there have been more than 1,600 property sales in the past 12 months and prices have gently risen 4.5 per cent. The most expensive home on sale is a four-bedroom detached house with grounds, for £700,000.

However that’s still an exception, with many more at the other end of the scale, where there are several two-bedroom terrace houses for sale at £45,000.

If you’re moving in, bone up on railway history — the world’s first steam train service began here almost 200 years ago. 

Otherwise, look out for a twice-weekly street market, the revamped Hippodrome theatre and the odd tribute to comic Vic Reeves and businessman Duncan Bannatyne, both brought up in the town.

Darlington is brimming with well-preserved Victorian buildings while you can stroll in the beautiful South Park. If you’re after the best of local food, the two-Michelin starred Raby Hunt Restaurant is the place to go.

The town has the buzz of a place on the move — there are modernisations under way at both the railway station (2 ½ hours to London, 30 minutes to Newcastle) and the indoor market.

Meanwhile, Rishi Sunak’s Treasury initiative is already putting Darlington on the map. ‘I know of several people from London who have moved here thanks to working remotely,’ says estate agent Henry Carver of Carver Residential. 

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Facebook’s oversight board said the social media company hadn’t been “fully forthcoming” about internal rules that allowed some high-profile users to be exempt from content restrictions and said it will make recommendations on how to change the system.

In the first of its quarterly transparency reports published Thursday, the board said that on some occasions, Facebook “failed to provide relevant information to the board,” and in other instances the information it did provide was incomplete.

For example, when Facebook referred the case involving former US president Donald Trump to the board, it didn’t mention its internal “cross-check system” that allowed for a different set of rules for high-profile users.

Facebook only mentioned cross-check, or XCheck, to the board when asked whether Trump’s page or account had been subject to ordinary content moderation processes.

The cross-check system was disclosed in recent reporting by the Wall Street Journal, based in part on documents from a whistle-blower.

The journal described how the cross-check system, originally intended to be a quality-control measure for a select few high-profile users and designed to avoid public relations backlash over famous people who mistakenly have their posts taken down, had ballooned to include millions of accounts.

The oversight board said it will undertake a review of the cross-check system and make suggestions on how to improve it.

As part of the process, Facebook has agreed to share with the board relevant documents about the cross-check system as reported in the Wall Street Journal. – Bloomberg

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