Go­ing it alone: Royal cou­ple to snub palace for life at Frog­more

The Sunday Telegraph - - News - By Pa­trick Sawer lakes, wooded

PRINCE HARRY and his wife Meghan have de­cided the time has come to find a place of their own to be­gin fam­ily life.

The Duke and Duchess of Sus­sex have an­nounced they are to leave Kens­ing­ton Palace, where they have un­til now lived close to Harry’s brother Prince Wil­liam, Duke of Cam­bridge, and his wife Cather­ine, and re­lo­cate 20 miles away in Wind­sor.

The cou­ple will move to the Grade IIlisted Frog­more Cot­tage, on the Wind­sor Es­tate, early next year as they pre­pare for the ar­rival of their first child in the spring.

They have lived at Not­ting­ham Cot­tage, in the grounds of Kens­ing­ton Palace, since their en­gage­ment last year.

A spokesman for the cou­ple said: “Wind­sor is a very spe­cial place for Their Royal High­nesses and they are grate­ful that their of­fi­cial res­i­dence will be on the es­tate. The Duke and Duchess’s of­fice will con­tinue to be based at Kens­ing­ton Palace.”

The move fol­lows ru­mours of ten­sion be­tween the Sus­sexes and the Cam­bridges.

Ear­lier this month there were claims that the Queen felt com­pelled to speak to the Duke about Meghan’s at­ti­tude in the run-up to their wed­ding last May fol­low­ing a dis­agree­ment over tiaras. The Queen is also said to have ques­tioned why Meghan needed a veil for the wed­ding, given it was to be her sec­ond mar­riage. Kens­ing­ton Palace de­clined to com­ment at the time.

The Sus­sexes’ new home is likely to hold fond mem­o­ries since they held their evening wed­ding party at nearby Frog­more House fol­low­ing their mar­riage in St George’s Chapel, Wind­sor.

Frog­more Cot­tage has more than enough space for the fam­ily to grow, with a nurs­ery for their baby and room for a gym and a yoga stu­dio – should they want one – along with 10 bed­rooms. The cot­tage is di­vided into five units which were pre­vi­ously home to mem­bers of the Royal staff, but it will now be re­fur­bished into a fam­ily home with mod­ern ameni­ties.

It is likely that se­cu­rity will be sig­nif­i­cantly stepped up be­fore the cou­ple move in. Pre­vi­ously, the pub­lic could walk within yards of the prop­erty, which was sur­rounded by a small fence with a sign read­ing “Pri­vate”. Frog­more House, built from 1680 to 1684 by Hugh May, ar­chi­tect to Charles II, is set in 35 acres of Berk­shire coun­try­side and is home to the Royal Burial Ground – where Harry’s great­great-un­cle, the ab­di­cated King Ed­ward VIII, is buried with his wife Wal­lis Simp­son, later Duchess of Wind­sor – and the tomb of Queen Vic­to­ria and Prince Al­bert.

The name was in­spired by the num­ber of frogs that live in the low-ly­ing marshy area, set within a long sweep­ing curve of the River Thames.

The wind­ing

‘Wind­sor is a very spe­cial place. The Duke and Duchess’s of­fice will con­tinue to be at Kens­ing­ton Palace’

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