MEGHAN MARKLE & PRINCE HARRY
New baby, new nest.
With their first child due this spring, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are leaving the confines of Kensington Palace for a country home—frogmore Cottage on the Windsor Estate, about 25 miles west of London. The big move, which the couple’s office confirmed to People on Nov. 24, marks a further separation between the expectant parents and Prince William and Princess Kate. The two couples, who have been living as neighbors at Kensington Palace, are also planning to split their business offices
in the coming months.
Although the changes have sparked rumors of tensions, insiders point to a natural evolution of the brothers’ dynamic now that they are both married with their own families. While William, 36, as the heir to the throne, must maintain a home base in London, Harry, 34, has more latitude to escape the pressure of the city for a more relaxed home environment. “Harry feels very imprisoned at Kensington Palace,” says royal biographer Ingrid Seward, author of My Husband and I—and has told friends as much. “He can’t wait to get out.”
The move to Frogmore Cottage—a fixer-upper that sits just north of the grander Frogmore House, where Meghan and Harry held their evening wedding party in May—offers a quiet setting for the new family. Although some had pointed toward Apartment 1 at Kensington Palace—right next to William and Kate’s family base—as a possible new home, it would need “considerable, lengthy refurbishment,” says a royal source. Windsor has “more space for children” and holds a “special place in their hearts,” the source adds. Meghan and Harry’s cottage is, however, undergoing extensive work to convert the five separate staff quarters to a modern home complete with nursery—and space for Meghan’s mom, Doria Ragland, to visit. (Contrary to some reports, she is not moving to the U.K. permanently.) “It’s pretty dilapidated now,” says Seward, and the couple have already put in plans to freshen the landscaping. The news of the move broke just as Meghan stepped out for her latest solo outing—this time for one of her favorite projects, the Hubb Community Kitchen in London, which inspired her bestselling charity cookbook in support of survivors of the Grenfell Tower tragedy. “For what you did for us, Allah will give you a baby,” Intlak Alsaiegh, one of those involved in the kitchen, told Meghan a few months ago. When she returned on Nov. 21 to tie on an apron and cook alongside the women, “She said, ‘I’m so happy,’ ” says Alsaiegh. The move is scheduled for the New Year—with at least one big order of business: making sure the kitchen is up to the foodie duchess’s standards.
WINDSOR HAS ‘MORE SPACE FOR CHILDREN’ AND A ‘SPECIAL PLACE IN THEIR HEARTS’ —SOURCE
Kensington Palace (left) and Frogmore Cottage (right).
Separate Ways William, Harry, Meghan and Kate came together for a Remembrance Service on Nov. 11.