HARRY AND MEGHAN
Why they’re moving house
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-pound 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.”
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