The Mail on Sunday

Meghan’s yoga room ‘with f loating f loor’

- By Amy Oliver and Saskia Hume

THEY have already brought their own very modern approach to Royal duties.

So it would be no surprise if the Duke and Duchess of Sussex bring the same ‘woke’ qualities to their new Windsor home, which has just undergone a £3 million renovation.

Official plans submitted to Windsor and Maidenhead Council suggest that Harry and Meghan are set to have a range of enlightene­d amenities including a yoga room and gym, an eco-boiler and an outbuildin­g conversion that would be perfect for housing a visiting grandma from California.

Although documents disclosing most of the proposed changes at Frogmore Cottage are barred from public view, council records teasingly reveal that the Georgian property now boasts a ‘floating’ or sprung floor – a feature normally seen at indoor sports venues as it absorbs shocks to reduce injuries.

The Duchess has practised yoga since she was seven and is said to wake around 5am most mornings to stretch. Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland is a yoga instructor.

The council plans also indicate the constructi­on of an ‘Energy Centre Building’ which it is thought will house a £50,000 eco-boiler. The unit will provide low-carbon heat, hot water and electricit­y to the young Royals’ new home. As the boiler requires a separate building, the Sussexes may have opted for a biomass boiler, fuelled by wood and other organic materials. The same planning documents suggest that an outbuildin­g will be turned into a one-bedroom home – particular­ly useful for Doria when she visits her new grandchild.

The potential annexe is described as having been ‘a simple brick outbuildin­g’ in ‘a state of disrepair’, though the interior includes ‘original features such as a fireplace, red-tiled flooring, original light switches and what appears to be pink marble on the northern wall’.

Elsewhere, the renovation­s include a nursery, believed to incorporat­e a bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and a well-stocked playroom. The paint on the nursery walls is reportedly nontoxic and odourless and said to be both vegan and organic. Those close to the couple claim they have opted for ‘gender neutral’ colours.

The interior decor has been designed by Vicky Charles – who is responsibl­e for the interiors at Meghan and Harry’s favourite celebrity hangout, Soho House – and is likely to feature a range of stone, grey and taupe hues, coupled with Nepalese cashmere blankets and throws for comfort.

And apart from the occasional wailing of a newborn, Frogmore can expect to be satisfying­ly peaceful thanks to reportedly extensive soundproof­ing – so even the croaking frogs at the edge of the garden (after which the house is named) will be silenced.

 ?? ?? MODERN TOUCH: Georgian Frogmore House, which has had a £3 million renovation
MODERN TOUCH: Georgian Frogmore House, which has had a £3 million renovation

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