Hop­ping over to FROG­MORE!

The newly weds’ abode is loaded in his­tory

Woman’s Day (NZ) - - Cover Story -

Harry and Meghan’s new home on the Wind­sor Es­tate, Frog­more Cot­tage, given to them by the Queen, will re­quire some pricey ren­o­va­tions be­fore it’s suit­able as their of­fi­cial res­i­dence.

Cur­rently di­vided into five apart­ments for royal staff, the 19th-cen­tury, stucco-coated build­ing is set to be con­verted into a five-bed­room fam­ily home, with a granny flat so there’s enough space for a nurs­ery, a live-in nanny, hands-on grandma Do­ria Ragland and a per­sonal pro­tec­tion of­fi­cer.

Co­in­ci­den­tally, Meghan isn’t the first for­eigner to have caused con­tro­versy with a move to Frog­more Cot­tage – the his­tor­i­cally listed house was once the home of Queen Vic­to­ria’s beloved In­dian manser­vant Mo­hammed Ab­dul Karim.

The monarch up­set her royal house­hold by giv­ing him the ti­tle of “Mun­shi”, mean­ing “teacher”, and in­stalling him in the cot­tage for 14 years, as de­picted in the Dame Judi Dench film Vic­to­ria&Ab­dul.

Mean­while, an­other US-born di­vor­cée, Wal­lis Simp­son, is buried in the nearby Frog­more Mau­soleum along­side her hus­band, the ab­di­cated King Ed­ward VIII. Last year, the Queen de­scribed Frog­more as hav­ing “a spe­cial place in the fam­ily’s af­fec­tion”.

The Sus­sexes are leav­ing the palace (left) to bring up their baby in Frog­more Cot­tage (above).

Do­ria (left) is mov­ing in too! Top: Wal­lis and Ed­ward are buried nearby, while a past res­i­dent was Queen Vic­to­ria’s pal Ab­dul (right).

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