After Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their plans to step back from their senior positions in the British royal family earlier this year, the couple relocated to Los Angeles and eventually purchased a multimillion-dollar home in Montecito, California.

Although Meghan and Prince Harry chose to settle down in the quiet town outside of Santa Barbara, the once peaceful neighborhood has now turned into a major attraction. Residents told TMZ that ever since the couple moved into their new home, there has been an overwhelming amount of helicopters flying over the area as many as four times a day.

As a result, the sudden interest in Montecito has left residents "fed up" and feeling like their privacy has been "compromised." Locals have also become annoyed by the paparazzi, who have infiltrated the ritzy neighborhood in hopes of snapping photos of the couple during an outing.

Along with being hunted by the paparazzi, more tourists are visiting the town and asking local business owners if they have seen the Duke and Duchess of Sussex since they have moved into the neighborhood.

Ultimately, Meghan and Prince Harry’s neighbors fear the attention on Montecito will only get worse when the coronavirus pandemic ends, and the couple is able to attend events and promote projects.

Harry and Meghan moved to Montecito to gain some privacy away from the spotlight of Los Angeles. However, their relocation hasn't stopped the media from trying to get a snap of their 1-year-old Archie. Last month, Meghan and Harry filed a lawsuit after the paparazzi took photos of their son.

“Every individual and family member in California is guaranteed by law the right to privacy in their home. No drones, helicopters, or telephoto lenses can take away that right,” the couple’s lawyer, Michael Kump, said in a statement via CNN.

“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are filing this lawsuit to protect their young son’s right to privacy in their home without intrusion by photographers, and to uncover and stop those who seek to profit from these illegal actions.”

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are pictured here. POOL/Jeremy Selwyn