Hopping over to FROGMORE!
The newly weds’ abode is loaded in history
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).