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Rob Lowe says Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's move to Montecito, California, means 'the neighborhood is never going to be the same'

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Rob Lowe at Universal Studios/ Meghan Markle and Prince Harry during a CBS sit-down interview with Oprah Winfrey.
Rob Lowe at Universal Studios Hollywood, left, and Meghan Markle and Prince Harry during a sit-down interview with Oprah Winfrey. Paul Archuleta/Getty Images, CBS
  • Rob Lowe said Meghan Markle and Prince Harry brought a lot of attention to Montecito, California.

  • Lowe told E! News' "Daily Pop" that "the neighborhood is never going to be the same."

  • The actor also said the couple's bombshell Oprah interview was not filmed at his house.

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Rob Lowe said Meghan Markle and Prince Harry had brought a lot of attention to his neighborhood in Montecito, California.

The 57-year-old actor told the hosts of E! News' talk show "Daily Pop" last week that while Markle and Harry "keep a low profile," they had heightened the level of interest in the area.

"They definitely have brought a lot of attention to my sleepy little town," Lowe said, adding that he had lived in Montecito for 26 years.

"Let me tell you something: Once the royals move into your neighborhood, the neighborhood is never going to be the same," he said, adding that the couple lived "over the fence" from his first home in the area.

When the hosts Kym Whitley and Justin Sylvester asked whether Lowe was mad about the changes that high-profile residents had brought, Lowe said: "When Oprah moved in, that began the sort of resurgence of Montecito. And now that the royals are there [...] the good news is property values go up, the bad news is the lines are longer at Starbucks."

During their sit-down interview with Oprah Winfrey in March, Markle and Harry said they had stayed at Tyler Perry's mansion in Beverly Hills before purchasing their home in August and settling in Montecito.

The Guardian reported in early April that the police in Santa Barbara County had been called to the couple's property nine times in nine months because of reports of trespassing, alarm activations, and phone requests.

Business Insider's Hillary Hoffower reported last year that the area is a celebrity hot spot, with homeowners including Gwyneth Paltrow, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jeff Bridges, and Ellen DeGeneres.

In her interview with Markle and Harry, Oprah said that they were not filming at the duke and duchess' home but at "a friend's house." In the "Daily Pop" interview, Lowe dispelled rumors that it was his house.

"It's so funny, everybody thinks the interview was shot at my house, and then my friend Ted Sarandos, who runs Netflix, everybody thought they shot it at his house," Lowe said.

"Here's my thing - and I have no idea, I have no idea - I think they just plain old shot it at Oprah's," he continued. "I swear to you. And I think they just said it was at a mystery location."

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