Going it alone: Royal couple to snub palace for life at Frogmore
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.
‘Windsor is a very special place. The Duke and Duchess’s office will continue to be at Kensington Palace’