After weeks of speculation that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle would leave Kensington Palace for a new family home, it has been confirmed the couple will move into Frogmore Cottage, located on the Windsor Estate. They will be leaving their two-bedroom Nottingham Cottage on the Kensington Palace estate, where Prince William, Kate Middleton, and their three children currently reside, sometime early next year.
News of this move comes amid rumors of family tension. “The initial plan was for Harry and Meghan to move out of their cottage in the grounds of Kensington Palace and into one of the main apartments. But there has been a bit of tension between the brothers,” a source told The Sun, who was first to break the story. “Now Harry and Meghan don’t want to live next to William and Kate and want to strike out on their own.”
Instead the Queen has given them Frogmore Cottage in Windsor. It’s within the private Home Park and faces the beautiful grounds of Frogmore House. It’s where they had their private evening wedding party & where their gorgeous engagement pictures were shot. pic.twitter.com/uByYVm7pWC
However, officials insist that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are simply preparing for the birth of their first child, who is due in the spring. According to a statement made by the Kensington Palace, “Windsor is a very special place” for the two and “they are grateful” to be able to make it their first family home. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were married at the Windsor Castle, and Frogmore Cottage is part of Frogmore House, where the couple had their private wedding reception later that evening.
Photo: Frogmore House/Royal Collection Trust
But the parents-to-be can’t move in just yet. Purchased for the royals by Queen Charlotte in 1790, Frogmore Cottage is a bit of a fixer upper. The 10-bedroom property has recently been chopped into five separate apartments for staff and will undergo a multi-million-dollar renovation before the couple can move in. These renovations will reportedly include a luxury nursery, yoga studio for Her Royal Highness, and top-notch security system. It’s located on 33 acres of land and surrounded by lush gardens. Sounds like a dream home!