MEGHAN MARKLE and Prince Harry’s new home includes baby friendly features in the garden so he will appreciate the outdoorsy country life more, royal sources claim. The royal couple moved into the Grade II listed Frogmore Cottage on the Windsor Estate in April ahead of the birth of baby Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor after an extensive £3 million renovation.
The cottage was given to the Duke and Duchess by the Queen last year, with Kensington Palace confirming the move in November, saying Windsor was a “very special place” for the couple. Frogmore Cottage is located near Windsor Castle, the Queen’s summer residence, and St George’s Chapel, where Harry and Meghan tied the knot in May as millions around the world watched on TV. Now sources claim the royal couple have included some baby-friendly features in their garden at Frogmore Cottage after the royal arrival.
Archie will have an outdoorsy life (Image: Dominic Lipinski – WPA Pool/Getty)
Frogmore Cottage was given to the Sussexes by the Queen last year (Image: GOR/Getty)
A source said: “Frogmore Cottage will be the perfect place for a royal prince to grow up.
“It is the perfect countryside retreat for the couple and will allow them to live country life away from the hustle and bustle of London with their young prince.
“The Duchess has been very involved in the project and wanted the garden to include some baby-friendly features including a swing as well as several water features including a pond.
“The Duchess feels that the garden should be a place for their first child Archie to play and experience the great outdoors as well as themselves.
‘’Living in the countryside, the Duchess feels that if Archie has a nice garden, then he will like the countryside much more as he grows up.
Archie on his first public appearance (Image: Getty)
Queen Charlotte, the consort of King George III (Image: Hulton Archive/Getty )
“Provision has been made inside but the outside is just as important.”
Plans for the multi-million-pound renovation were approved by Royal Maidenhead and Windsor Borough Council in December after asking for permission for “internal and external works […] and associated landscaping”.
But there was no further details on the council’s planning page, just a note which said it contained “sensitive information” so documents wouldn’t be made public.
Frogmore Cottage was built in the 18th century for Queen Charlotte, the consort of King George III.
Queen Charlotte used the property as a countryside retreat for herself and her unmarried daughters.
Queen Victoria had breakfast at the cottage in 1875 and said it was a place with an “immense number of frogs” which she found “quite disgusting”.
Kensington Palace declined to comment.