Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are officially leaving Kensington Palace and moving to Windsor. According to the Daily Mail, a spokesperson for the couple made this announcement over the Thanksgiving holiday:
“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will move to Frogmore Cottage on the Windsor Estate early next year as they prepare for the arrival of their first child...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.”
Frogmore cottage offers ten bedrooms, a nursery for the baby, and space for a gym and a yoga studio—the latter being a favorite of Meghan’s. Frogmore House, located near the cottage, was where their evening wedding party was held and where their engagement photos were taken about a year ago now.
Although the Queen has gifted Harry and Meghan Frogmore Cottage for their new residency, the Daily Mail reports it needs to undergo 'major building work' and a multi-million pound revamp to transform it from staff accommodation to a home suitable for the royals by the early part of 2019. Oh and here’s a bit of history of their new digs that particularly interesting.
Wallis Simpson—an American-born socialite who wed King Edward VIII, and the first American divorcee to marry a royal—lived at Windsor Castle’s Frogmore Cottage. But unlike Meghan and Prince Harry, Wallis and Edward's relationship caused an international scandal that resulted in Edward having to give up the throne in 1936. Yikes!
Still, scandal isn’t far…While Harry, isn’t retiring as prince there are reports of tension between, Prince Harry and Prince William have been swirling. The brothers currently hold joint court at Kensington Palace, including an adjoining door between their residences that resulted in a £1.4 million renovation last year. Could the rumors be true and have prompted the move? Hmm…
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