Stalker arrested outside for lurking outside Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's California mansion

17 May 2023, 13:39 | Updated: 17 May 2023, 14:10

Harry and Meghan have had a stalker at their California mansion
Harry and Meghan have had a stalker at their California mansion. Picture: Alamy/Getty

By Kit Heren

A man has been arrested outside Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's California house on suspicion of stalking.

Listen to this article

Loading audio...

Santa Barbara sheriff's officers were called out to the couple's Montecito mansion at about 2am on Monday morning.

The couple's security guards had placed Kevin Garcia Valdovinos under citizen's arrest.

Listen and subscribe to Unprecedented: Inside Downing Street on Global Player

Sheriff's officers arrested 29-year-old Valdovinos when they arrived and charged him with misdemeanour stalking.

He was later released on a $2,500 bail.

The charges suggest that it was not his first offence, TMZ reported.

It's unclear if Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were at home
It's unclear if Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were at home. Picture: Alamy

It's unclear if Harry and Meghan were in the property at the time.

Under California law, misdemeanour stalking is punishable with up to one year in county jail, or probation.

This is not the first time Harry and Meghan's home have suffered unwanted attention at their home.

In 2020, Nickolas Brooks, drove hundreds of miles from the state of Ohio was arrested on the property.

He only got a warning the first time, but he came back later that year and was arrested for trespassing.

Harry and Meghan have suffered unwanted attention at their home before
Harry and Meghan have suffered unwanted attention at their home before. Picture: Alamy

Harry and Meghan were away from home on Tuesday, as she accepted a prestigious award in New York on Tuesday night

Speaking at Ms. Foundation for Women's 'Woman of Vision' awards in Manhattan, Meghan told the audience: "It's just never too late to start. You can be the visionary of your own life. 

Read more: 'You can be the visionary of your own life': Meghan Markle hails 'acts of service' as she accepts prestigious award

Read more: King Charles 'wants to avoid distraction of Harry & Meghan drama’ and focus on duties post Coronation

"You can charter a path in which what you repeat in your daily acts of service, in kindness, in advocacy, in grace and in fairness, that those become the very things that are recognised by the next wave of women, both young and old.

"Prince Harry attended the awards alongside his wife, as did Meghan's mother Doria Ragland

More Latest News

See more More Latest News

Exclusive
Just Stop Oil could disrupt holidaymakers this summer

Holidaymakers face being blocked from boarding planes by Just Stop Oil at British airports this summer

Defence Secretary John Healey

Defence Secretary warns scale of issues facing British Army ‘much worse’ than previously feared

Dramatic footage on social media showed the blaze

Wildfires ravage Portuguese region loved by British holidaymakers

Mother of jailed Just Stop Oil campaigner complains daughter will miss brother's wedding after she blocked M25

Mother of jailed Just Stop Oil campaigner complains daughter will miss brother's wedding after she blocked M25

Rene Graham was killed on Sunday July 21

Teen victim of west London park shooting named and pictured for the first time

Kamala Harris has praised Joe Biden

Kamala Harris pays tribute to 'unmatched' legacy of Joe Biden, as Nancy Pelosi backs her for president run

Police said they attended the residence at Wexford Road, Coventry at around 12.15pm on Monday following an emergency 999 call

Woman in her 30s killed after being mauled by pet dog at home in Coventry

Secret Service boss Kimberly Cheatle denied claims she failed to provide Trump with adequate protection.

'We failed': Secret service boss brands Donald Trump shooting 'most significant failure in decades'

One of Britain's oldest cricket clubs bans players from hitting sixes after neighbours complain of damaged property

One of Britain's oldest cricket clubs bans players from hitting sixes after neighbours complain of damaged property

Anand Runwal jumped in front of the train to try to save his children

Pictured: Hero father who jumped in front of train to try to save his twin daughters, whose pushchair rolled onto tracks

The moment a sexual predator lured a 14-year-old schoolgirl to a guesthouse where he later raped her has been caught on camera.

Chilling footage captures sex predator luring schoolgirl, 14, to guesthouse before raping her after plying teen with alcohol

Migrants heading to Britain. Home Secretary Yvette cooper today revealed the scheme cost £700m and saw only four volunteers sent to Africa

Rwanda deportation scheme cost £700m and saw just four volunteers sent to Africa, Home Secretary reveals

Piccadilly line to partially close for 16 days in August causing major disruption for commuters and Arsenal fans

Piccadilly line to partially close for 16 days in August causing major disruption for commuters and Arsenal fans

Strictly pro dancer Janette Manrara breaks her silence following claims by former contestant Will Bayley

Strictly dancer Janette Manrara breaks silence following contestant's 'life-changing' injury claims

President of Croatia Zoran Milanović described the attack as a "savage unprecedented crime".

Several killed as gunman opens fire in Croatian care home

A boy was pronounced dead at the scene in Ladbroke Grove

Gunman 'jumped from bushes to assassinate 15-year-old boy' on 'family fun day' at west London park