Eleanor Fishburn, a member of the Barbareño-Ventureño band part of the Chumash tribe, raised concerns over what Montecito residents including Meghan and Harry may be using to water their gardens. Montecito has been created on land that once belonged to the Chumash tribe and is home to several hot and cold springs as well as underground rivers.
These sources of clean water are considered holy and ceremonial water by Ms Fishburn’s tribe.
Therefore, the possibility current local residents in Montecito may be diverting this water deemed sacred to water their lavish gardens is upsetting to the tribe.
Ms Fishburn told the Sun: “For us, this water is a pure water, a holy water and a ceremonial water.
“As a native population, it is sacred for us and the idea that people in the area are using water from springs to water their gardens is something that doesn’t sit well with us.”
It is not known whether Meghan and Harry are drawing water from these sources deemed sacred by Ms Fishburn.
She continued: “It would be great if they came so we could explain our history and culture and let them know about how sacred the water is to us.
“It would be good to explain to them that if they are using the water to irrigate their garden, they have an alternative choice.”
The Chumash tribe is believed to have started living in the Santa Barbara area from about 700AD.
Express.co.uk has contacted representatives for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex for comment.
READ MORE: Kate’s presence at statue…