Maria Shriver was every inch the doting grandmother as she spent quality time with her namesake granddaughter Lyla Maria Pratt in Montecito, California earlier this month.
The 66-year-old was seen going for a stroll with through Upper Village Park, while visiting daughter Katherine Schwarzenegger Pratt, 32.
The smiling grandma couldn’t get enough of the adorable 18-month-old tot, keeping her occupied so her pregnant mommy, could grab a quick bite to eat at the Pierre LaFond & Co market nearby.
‘Maria looked radiant,’ an onlooker told DailyMail.com, adding: ‘She never let go of Lyla’s little hand and was pointing out things in the park for her to look at like dogs, flowers and insects. You can tell she’s relishing her new role as grandma.’
Maria Shriver was one beaming grandmother earlier this month when she was spotted taking 18-month-old daughter Lyla Maria Pratt for a stroll through the park in Montecito, California
According to onlooker, Maria was relishing her new role as grandma, pointing out sights for her adorable granddaughter to see
Shriver became a grandmother for the first time in August 2020. She is seen holding little Lyla’s hand as they walk through the park
The trio huddled in the parking lot before returning to Katherine and husband Chris Pratt’s 3,300 square foot, five bed, eight bath, $20,000 a month mid-century modern rental just minutes away.
While more of a political dynasty, the Kennedys are often referred to as the closest thing the US has to royalty.
Chris, 42, and Katherine exchanged wedding vows at the San Ysidro Ranch on June 8, 2019, and will soon become parents for the second time
Maria is the daughter of Eunice Kennedy, the niece of President John F. Kennedy – assassinated at age 46 in 1963 – and the granddaughter of family patriarchs Joe, who died in 1969 at 81, and Rose Kennedy who passed away in 1995 at the age of 104.
Thus, it’s only fitting that the rental home of American royals is so close to that of a British royal family.
The Guardian’s of the Galaxy star and his wife of almost three years live two-fifths of a mile away from the $14.7million estate owned by Prince Harry and wife Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
Harry, 37, and Meghan, 40, reside in the nine-bedroom, 19-bathroom chateau they purchased in June of 2020, with their children Archie, two, and Lilibet, nine months.
‘Living that close, if they haven’t all bumped into each other already, it’s only a matter of time, especially with small children to entertain,’ a longtime resident told DailyMail.com.
Katherine, who is expecting her second child with husband Chris Pratt, was seen stopping for a bite to eat while her mother cared for little Lyla
DailyMail.com can reveal exclusively that the Pratts have been renting the $4.3million home for just over one year
The 3,300 square foot, five bed, eight bath, mid-century modern home costs $20,000 a month to rent
DailyMail.com can reveal exclusively that the Pratts have been renting the $4.3million home for just over one year.
They appear to be dividing their time between this ‘small’ vacation rental in Montecito and their main residence in the Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles.
Their 10,000 square-foot Mediterranean-style home in the Palisades was purchased in January of 2021 for $15.6 million and has been completely renovated by the couple.
Unlike the Sussexes, the family has some ties to the ritzy seaside town of Montecito, which sits just 85 miles north of Los Angeles.
The Pratts are now neighbors with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle who moved to Montecito in 2020
Back in 1953, Maria’s uncle John and aunt Jackie Kennedy famously honeymooned at the San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito. There is a cottage named after them on the property to this day.
Chris, 42, and Katherine also exchanged wedding vows at the San Ysidro Ranch on June 8, 2019.
And now, the Kennedys’ great-granddaughter Katherine is living just two miles from that historic five-star hotel.
Another connection to the area is that Maria’s best friend Oprah Winfrey, 68, who lives in a $50million Montecito estate, but on the opposite side of town.
‘Even before Oprah moved here in 2001, you’d see Arnold and Maria vacationing at the Biltmore hotel (now the Four Seasons), walking on Coast Village Road and holding hands on Butterfly Beach,’ a local said.
The Pratts live two-fifths of a mile away from the $14.7million estate owned by Prince Harry and wife Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex (pictured)
Maria was married to actor and former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, 74, from 1986 to 2011, and have four children together: Katherine, Christina, 30, Patrick, 28, and Christopher, 24. Their divorce became final on December 28, 2021.
Their marriage suffered irrevocable damage when it was revealed Arnold had fathered a son – Joseph Baena, 24 – with the family housekeeper.
Meanwhile Katherine and Chris are expecting their second child later this year. The actor also shares a son Jack, nine, with ex-wife Anna Farris, 45.