Meghan Markle and Harry targeted by ‘£188,000 paparazzi shot’ in Santa Barbara

A shot of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry on the beach near their new home in Santa Barbara could be worth a whopping $250,000, it has been claimed.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex surprisingly announced earlier this month that they had left Los Angeles and moved to a home in Santa Barbara worth a reported £11m.

Last week we reported that their plush new pad had already been found by the paparazzi.

And now we can reveal the lucrative shot they will be aiming for.

Mark Karloff, a Los Angeles-based photographer who has been snapping celebrities for more than a decade, said shots of the royal couple on the beach will be highly sought after.

He claimed they could even have a value of at least $250,000 (£188,000).

Karloff, host of the Paparazzi Podcast, told Daily Star Online: "Obviously the beach is up there, and there are a lot of semi-private beaches there.

"So definitely them on the beach somewhere, they got Orlando Bloom on an electric surfboard off the coast there.

"You could kind of see Harry doing something like that, and then obviously palling up with one of the other celebrities or billionaires that are up there.

"A full set of that, with maybe some videos of them playing on the beach, or out on the water, that kind of thing, a water activity, jet-skiing or something like that, you're looking at an easy quarter million at least.

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"You might not get anything for months, but then there's that one time when you see them going down to the beach.

Karloff added that despite the risks of being photographed, the couple will struggle to resist the sand and sea due to the heat.

He continued: "I don't see how they couldn't (go out on the beach), right now we're looking at maybe 80 to 90 degree weather along the coast so everybody is going to the beach, it's hard to just stay at home when there is all this stuff to do.

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"And up there, there is a lot of stuff to do. There are a lot of hiking trails, a lot of little lakes you can go to, there's a beach.

"There are private hotels you can go to, boutique hotels that are on the beach that they could potentially go to.

"They could at least try to do it, without being seen. But if they are that worried about it, then they won't be leaving."

Meghan and Harry stepped down as senior royals earlier this year in a sensational move that rocked the royal family and the British public.

They moved to California via Canada with baby Archie, but have not been able to return to the UK due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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