Meghan and Harry warned mountain lion is prowling near their £12m mansion

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have been issued a chilling warning with a mountain lion stalking their swanky California neighbourhood.

The Sussexes were even told to lock down their $14.6million (£12.09m) mansion in Montecito, given that the flock of chickens they keep could attract the predator.

The big cat was snapped on outdoor security footage just five miles away from the home where Harry and Meghan live with Archie and Lilibet.

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The clip, recorded on July 23, shows the mountain lion prowling along one of their neighbour's driveways before slinking off into the night.

According to Science Daily, hunger leads mountain lions into residential areas. A crippling ongoing drought in California may have contributed to that for this particular beast.

Executive Director of the Montecito Association Sharon Byrne said: "The fact we have security footage shows though that residents are taking this seriously as it was shot by a camera which is what we've been urging residents to install.

"We want all locals to secure their homes and secure their chicken coops and whatever other animals they may have.

"Chickens can be a fast, easy source of food for hunting animals so they have to be safe and secure.

"We also urge residents to secure their garbage so animals can go rummaging around for scraps, to have night lighting, alarms, cameras and so on."

Along with their chickens, Meghan and Harry have two rescue dogs that will need watching closely whilst the mountain lion is in the area.

Moreover, mountain lions aren't the only wildlife posing threats to pets in Montecito.

One local told the Sun: "There are all kinds of animals in the neighbourhood – coyotes, bears and deer – but it's rare to see a mountain lion.

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"We're in a drought so the animals are thirsty but also there have been fires and a mudslide in recent years which seems to have brought down the bigger animals."

The last person to be killed by a mountain lion in California was a man, 35, mauled at Whiting Ranch Regional Park in Orange County in 2004.

The last victim in Montecito was a nine-year-old boy in 1992.

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