Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s new home REVEALED: What life is like at Frogmore Cottage
MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry are set to move into Frogmore Cottage near Windsor Castle in a move that will come as no surprise to Royal watchers.
The 10-bedroom cottage is located in the grounds of Frogmore House where Harry and Meghan held their evening wedding reception and was also the setting of the couple’s stunning engagement snaps. A Royal source claimed yesterday that the newlyweds would be leaving their two bedroom home in the grounds of Kensington Palace amid alleged “tension” with Prince William who lives next door with his wife The Duchess of Cambridge and their three children. Pregnant Meghan, 37, and Harry, 34, wanted “more room” for their growing family, and their new Berkshire pad is said to be undergoing a multi-million pound refit with the aim of being ready in time for the couple’s first child – due in the spring.
These renovations will almost certainly include a security upgrade, with previous pictures of the home showing only a fence and a sign reading “private” to deter prying eyes.
Built by King Charles II’s architect Hugh May, the 17th century residence was previously known as Double Garden Cottage and was divided into five units to house staff so will need to be refurbished into a complete family home.
Set in 33 acres of private gardens with its own lake, there’ll be plenty of room for the new royal offspring to play. And the location is also perfect for Granny to pop over for tea with the cottage set right next to Windsor Castle – the Queen’s summer residence.
Naturally, Frogmore has a long royal history, having been first bought by King George III in 1792 as a country retreat for his wife Queen Charlotte and it’s remained in the family ever since.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will move to Frogmore Cottage on the Windsor Estate early next year as they prepare for the arrival of their first child.
With its name derived from the large number of frogs which have always lived in this low-lying marshy area, Frogmore is also home to the royal burial ground and mausoleum where Queen Victoria and husband Prince Albert are both interred.
The peaceful house was said to be one of the Queen’s favourite retreats and her mother The Duchess Of Kent lived there in the last years of her life.
Prince Harry’s great-grandparents George VI and the Queen Mother spent part of their honeymoon here back in 1923 and in more recent years, Peter Phillips and Autumn Kelly used the venue for their wedding reception in 2008.
It was even reported that that Prince Harry and Meghan wanted to marry there but were told that it wasn’t a practical choice for their wedding, so chose to hold their evening reception there instead.
Kensington Palace said in a statement today: “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will move to Frogmore Cottage on the Windsor Estate early next year as they prepare for the arrival of their first child.
“The couple have lived at Nottingham Cottage since their engagement last year.
“Windsor is a very special place for their Royal Highnesses and they are grateful that their official residence will be on the estate.
“The Duke and Duchess’s office will continue to be based at Kensington Palace.”
The news that Harry and Meghan had been gifted the house by the Queen comes after a Royal source claimed last week: “Harry and Meghan want to move and need more space but they don’t want to live next door to William and Catherine”.
The insider added: “They will soon have separate offices and separate lives, so it would make sense for them to live further afield.”
Source: EXPERSS CO UK