Meghan: the look I love
Prince Harry’s fiancée will style their home with comfort and femininity, says Amira Hashish
PRINCE HARRY is not Meghan Markle’s only passion in life. The American actress and new royal fiancée also has a love of homeware. Before she was engaged to Harry, she ran and researched her own lifestyle website — which will no doubt stand her in good stead when kitting out her new home, Nottingham Cottage, part of the splendid Kensington Palace estate.
The TV star and entrepreneur, who has been based in Toronto since securing her role in the legal drama series Suits in 2011, frequently used the hashtag #theresnoplacelikehome when posting many interiors pictures of her Canadian home on her social media accounts.
Removal vans have been spotted parking up at the palace, shipping in her prized possessions. The 36-year-old’s beloved pet dogs Guy and Bogart are already bedding into their new London life — quite literally, for these pampered pooches have their own beds.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, when they were first married, lived at Nottingham Cottage. However, when they moved into their more spacious present home, 20-room Apartment 1A, also at Kensington Palace, Prince Harry made the cottage his bachelor pad.
Nestled in a cluster of 17th-century buildings in the palace grounds, it may be the stuff of dreams for most young couples but by royal standards, it is rather modest. The 1,324sq ft property comes with two Christopher Wren-designed bedrooms, a small living room, an intimate dining room, a kitchen — where Harry and Meghan now famously cooked roast chicken on the night the prince proposed — and his and hers bathrooms.
There are some practical considerations. Prince William had to stoop to avoid hitting his head on the low ceilings but at 5ft 6in tall, that should not be an issue for Meghan.
In their BBC interview following Monday’s engagement announcement, the couple stressed they are a team — but that might not always be quite the case. When the outdoorsy prince lived alone at the cottage he apparently prioritised installing a hammock in the yard. However, his California-born girlfriend prefers to make flowers her top priority and loves interiors that ooze cosy comfort, and creamy calm.
When she set up her website, The Tig, it was branded “a hub for the discerning palate” and specialised in style, food, and travel. She closed the site earlier this year with the message: “After close to three beautiful years on this adventure with you, it’s time to say goodbye to The Tig. What began as a passion project evolved into an amazing community of inspiration, support, fun and frivolity. You’ve made my days brighter and filled this experience with so much joy.”
Her Instagram wall is awash with her favourite interior design schemes and offers a glimpse into the future of Nottingham Cottage.
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THE MARKLE STYLE
Markle is all about Danish-style hygge — a quality of cosiness, conviviality and wellbeing — using cool, monochrome colours layered with sumptuous throws and feather-filled comfy cushions.
Her favourite selfie spots are her deep, wide white linen sofa cushions, or on her simple wooden-framed bed which is adorned with soft white linen, probably 800-plus thread count Egyptian cotton. Other selfies show her reflected in her large, smoked- glass, panelled statement gilded mirror which was in
Warm and welcoming: Amara meets Ugg to create cosy Danish hygge look, le Natural materials: log basket in tan leather by Oti Ingrams, £1,6 at thenew craftsmen.com
Who’s that girl? Markle loves antiqued distressed mirrors and used this one at her old home in Toronto to take a selfie