Prince Harry and Meghan Markle got decor tips for new California mansion by Sir Elton John’s ‘extravagant’ designer

PRINCE Harry and Meghan Markle got decor tips for their new California mansion by Sir Elton John’s “extravagant” designer.

Martyn Lawrence Bullard, 53, was introduced to the former royal couple by the superstar after he decorated his Los Angeles apartment.

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Sir Elton John put Harry and Meghan in touch with the designer

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Sir Elton John put Harry and Meghan in touch with the designerCredit: Splash News
Martyn Lawrence Bullard, 53, helped the couple with their mansion decor

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Martyn Lawrence Bullard, 53, helped the couple with their mansion decorCredit: Getty Images

A source told The Mail on Sunday: “Elton put Harry and Meg in touch with Martyn after they moved to LA. They had a meeting and got on really well.

“Martyn was really helpful on where they should be house-hunting and what kind of properties.

“Some of his interiors are outrageous and over the top, but he’s also great at working out exactly what the client wants and delivering it.”

The decorator, from Kent, England, has previously worked with Kylie Jenner, Tommy Hilfiger, Cher, and Sharon Osbourne.

The apartment nearby Montecito, Santa Barbara

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The apartment nearby Montecito, Santa BarbaraCredit: Google Earth

An industry source also told the outlet: “Martyn’s very popular and successful with all the big Hollywood stars.

“His taste is very extravagant and he doesn’t come cheap, but the end result is breathtaking.”

The royal couple swapped Los Angeles for nearby Montecito, Santa Barbara, home to A-listers such as Oprah Winfrey and Ellen DeGeneres.

Harry and Meghan have reportedly taken out a $9.5million mortgage on the nine-bedroom property, which was previously listed for $27million.

Their huge 14,563-square-foot “palatial” pad, known as “The Chateau,” was bought by Sergey Grishin in 2009 for $25million – however, he has struggled to find wealthy buyers able to meet the asking price.

It was eventually listed again in January, for around $17million and sold to the royal couple for around $2.5million under that asking price.

According to real estate agents who spoke with the LA Times, the deal was closed in an “off-market” sale in June.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle received decor tips from Sir Elton John’s ‘extravagant’ designer

He is the king of Hollywood interior decor, so British-born Martyn Lawrence Bullard was the obvious person for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to consult about redecorating their new Californian home.

The 53-year-old, originally from Bromley in Kent, was introduced to the couple by his long-term client and friend Sir Elton John, whose LA apartment he decorated in a 1970s Boogie Nights-inspired theme.

A friend told The Mail on Sunday: ‘Elton put Harry and Meg in touch with Martyn after they moved to LA. They had a meeting and got on really well. Martyn was really helpful on where they should be house-hunting and what kind of properties.

Martyn Lawrence Bullard, pictured, was introduced to Harry and Meghan by his long-term client and friend Sir Elton John, whose LA apartment he decorated in a 1970s Boogie Nights-inspired theme

Martyn Lawrence Bullard, pictured, was introduced to Harry and Meghan by his long-term client and friend Sir Elton John, whose LA apartment he decorated in a 1970s Boogie Nights-inspired theme

‘Some of his interiors are outrageous and over the top, but he’s also great at working out exactly what the client wants and delivering it.’

Mr Bullard has previously worked for members of the Kardashian family, including Kylie Jenner, designer Tommy Hilfiger, Cher and Sharon Osbourne.

An industry source said: ‘Martyn’s very popular and successful with all the big Hollywood stars. His taste is very extravagant and he doesn’t come cheap, but the end result is breathtaking.’

Pictured: David Furnish and Elton John at home in Los Angeles with interior designer Martyn Lawrence-Bullard

Pictured: David Furnish and Elton John at home in Los Angeles with interior designer Martyn Lawrence-Bullard

Meghan is known to like the Soho House style of shabby-chic with vintage-inspired furniture.

James Corden’s wife Julia and her business partner Vicky Charles – who helped redesign Frogmore Cottage in Windsor – are also in the running to oversee any refurbishment of the couple’s £11 million, nine-bedroom, 17-bathroom home in Santa Barbara.

A spokesman for the Sussexes declined to comment last night.

Will Meghan Markle scoop the Oscar she’s dreamt of since she was seven? Former Suits actress hopes her Netflix deal with land her an Academy Award

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  • She now hopes the new Netflix deal will land her dream of an Academy Award
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The deal struck by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex with Netflix is designed to deliver Meghan’s ultimate dream – an Oscar.

The couple, who live in an £ 11million mansion near Los Angeles, last week announced their plans to conquer Hollywood by producing ‘inspirational’ programmes in a multi-year contact with the US streaming company.

As well as securing millions of pounds to fund their lavish lifestyle, The Mail on Sunday can reveal that former Suits actress Meghan hopes the deal will land her an Academy Award, her childhood dream.

‘An Oscar is all Meg has ever wanted,’ said one long-time friend. ‘She used to practise her acceptance speech in the mirror with a hairbrush when she was a kid of seven. She would also practise

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