Meghan ‘requested to live in Windsor Castle’ and Queen deemed it ‘inappropriate’


The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s request to live in the castle with the Queen after their marriage was “politely but firmly” denied, reports claim.

According to The Times, Meghan and Harry wanted to live within Windsor Castle itself and reportedly asked if “living quarters could be made available after their marriage”.

At the time, only the Queen and Prince Philip had private apartments within the castle, with other family members living elsewhere on the estate.

Windsor Castle has been the home to the Royal Family for almost 1,000 years; the large estate contains a number of properties, ranging from huge mansions to cosier cottages. Prince William and Kate, Princess of Wales, Prince Andrew and his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson are among the current residents.

The Queen reportedly deemed the Sussexes’ request “inappropriate” and definitively rejected it. Her Majesty then “politely but firmly suggested” that they live in nearby Frogmore Cottage instead.

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The Queen reportedly denied Meghan and Harry’s request (Image: Getty Images)

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Meghan and Harry were gifted Frogmore Cottage after their wedding in 2018 (Image: Getty Images)

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle got married in May 2018, less than two years after they first met.

Royal author Tina Brown opened up about Prince Harry and Meghan’s relationship and claimed Harry’s “whole personality has changed” since meeting the former actress, deeming Harry “taken over” by Meghan.

Royal author Katie Nicholl discussed the Queen’s decision to give her grandson and his wife the impressive home as a wedding gift in her latest book, ‘The New Royals’.

She claimed the late Lady Elizabeth Anson, who died in 2020, said the monarch described the Windsor home as a “big deal” and hoped the Duke and Duchess would “respect” her generosity.

Lady Elizabeth is quoted as saying: “The cottage was a big deal. The Queen’s entrance into the gardens is right next to their cottage. It is essentially her backyard, her solitude, and her privacy.

“She was giving that up in gifting Harry and Meghan Frogmore Cottage. We all thought it was very big of her. She said: ‘I hope they’ll respect it.’”

Frogmore Cottage

Frogmore Cottage sits in the shadow of Windsor Castle (Image: Getty Images)

One of which was Adelaide Cottage, which is now the home of the Prince and Princess of Wales. William and Kate moved into the four-bedroom home at the end of summer, relocating their family of five from London to Windsor.

The cottage, which sits in the Crown Estate’s private 655-acre royal park, was built in 1831 as a country retreat for William IV’s wife Queen Adelaide. Since then, it has been used by a number of British monarchs, including Queen Victoria who was known to visit the cottage for breakfast or tea.

Perhaps one of the most famous former residents was Group Captain Peter Townsend, the love interest of Princess Margaret in the early Fifties.


The Prince and Princess of Wales now reside at Adelaide Cottage with their children (Image: Getty Images)

Peter and Margaret’s romance is one of the most notorious in royal history. The pair met while Peter was serving as George VI’s equerry and they later embarked on a secret love affair. Their relationship was particularly scandalous as the former RAF pilot was a divorced man who was 16 years the Princess’ senior.

Adelaide Cottage has also been the home to several royal dignitaries and courtiers, most recently Simon Rhodes, the son of the late Queen’s first cousin Margaret Rhodes who served as a Lady-in-Waiting to the Queen Mother. Her Majesty even helped Rhodes move his family to the UK from their home in Zimbabwe after they had to flee amid continuing violence in the country.

The cottage underwent major renovations in 2015 and, according to reports, has some rather elaborate decorations including a ceiling covered with gilded dolphins and a rope decoration, which is originally from a 19th-century royal yacht. It also has a marble Graeco-Egyptian fireplace.

William and Kate’s new home is just a 15-minute walk away from Frogmore Cottage, which has been unoccupied since Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank decided to split their time between London and Portugal.

Peter Townsend and Princess Margaret

Peter Townsend and Princess Margaret embarked on a secret love affair in the Fifties (Image: Getty Images)

Following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, there has been speculation that the couple could move into Windsor Castle, should they ever decide to return to the UK.

King Charles III currently resides at Clarence House and William and Kate reportedly have no interest in moving to the Castle having only recently moved into Adelaide Cottage.

However, royal commentators assume that the Prince and Princess of Wales will “eventually move” into the Castle “since they recently made the move to Windsor”. Christina Garibaldi, co-host of the Royally Obsessed podcast, said: “According to the royal collection trust, 40 monarchs have called Windsor Castle home since it was built by William the Conqueror in the 11th century.

“I think we figured they would eventually move into Windsor Castle since they recently made the move to Windsor and they are really putting down roots as a family there.”


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