Why we’re mov­ing...

Harry and wife get big­ger home so gran can help with new baby

Irish Sunday Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - BY NICOLA SMALL

PRINCE Harry and his bride are mov­ing to a big­ger new home – so Meghan’s mum can stay and help af­ter their baby is born next April.

The cou­ple will swap their twobed­room cot­tage at Kens­ing­ton Palace for a Grade Ii-listed 10bed­room pad near Wind­sor Cas­tle, of­fi­cials con­firmed yes­ter­day.

Spec­u­la­tion had grown that “a bit of ten­sion” be­tween Harry and brother William was be­hind the move.

But the Sun­day Mir­ror can re­veal there is no broth­erly fall­ing-out, with royal sources rub­bish­ing the claims.

The switch by the Duke and Duchess of Sus­sex is down to their wish for more space in prepa­ra­tion for their new ar­rival.

It is be­lieved both want a wing at their next home for Meghan’s mother Do­ria Ragland, 62 – who aims to be a hands-on gran to her first grand­child in vis­its from Los An­ge­les.

The pair will move from Not­ting­ham Cot­tage in the grounds of Kens­ing­ton Palace to Frog­more Cot­tage half a mile south of Wind­sor Cas­tle.

A source said: “With a baby on the way, there wasn’t the op­tion of the Duke and Duchess stay­ing at the palace as Not­ting­ham Cot­tage is tiny and none of the big­ger apart­ments is avail­able.

“Do­ria will be stay­ing with them for quite long pe­ri­ods and they need a larger place.”

Frog­more Cot­tage is a gift from the Queen to Harry, 34, and Meghan, 37.

The pair had their en­gage­ment pho­tos taken there and hosted their wed­ding re­cep­tion in it last May.

It lies on the Frog­more es­tate, has a gym and yoga stu­dio and is said to be un­der­go­ing a mul­ti­mil­lion-euro re­fit funded by tax­pay­ers. The royal source said: “Frog­more Cot­tage isn’t mas­sive but it’s cer­tainly big enough for Do­ria to have a sep­a­rate area there.” William and his wife Kate live in a 20-bed­room apart­ment at Kens­ing­ton Palace.

Ex-so­cial worker Do­ria was the only mem­ber of her fam­ily to at­tend Meghan’s wed­ding.

She cap­tured Bri­tain’s heart as she choked back tears watch­ing Prince Charles walk her daugh­ter down the aisle in place of Meghan’s dad Thomas, who could not travel for health rea­sons.

Do­ria spent much of the sum­mer with Harry and Meghan in the UK and was de­scribed by her son-in-law as “amaz­ing”. The source added: “The cou­ple are bound to have a pad some­where in Kens­ing­ton Palace but Frog­more Cot­tage will be their main base.

“It’s not too far from Lon­don in terms of get­ting to royal en­gage­ments. “Their of­fice and staff will stay at Kens­ing­ton.” [email protected]­daymir­ror.co.uk

Do­ria will have long stays so the cou­ple need to have a larger place ROYAL SOURCE ON NEXT YEAR’S MOVE

EX­CITED Meghan and Harry’s first child is due to be born next April

PROUD Do­ria at the royal wed­ding

FU­TURE Frog­more Cot­tage

CUR­RENT Kens­ing­ton Palace

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