Published: Sun, November 25, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Kristi Paul

The history of Frogmore Cottage, Harry and Meghan’s new home

The history of Frogmore Cottage, Harry and Meghan’s new home

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have lived in Nottingham Cottage - a house within the grounds of Kensington Palace in London - since they were engaged past year.

They've made their home at Kensington Palace, but Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be heading to the country prior to the birth of their first child.

Meghan and Harry reportedly wanted to move from their current Nottingham Cottage home on the grounds of Kensington Palace into an apartment inside the palace itself.

From early 2019, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will take up residence in Frogmore Cottage, a Grade II listed two-storey, stucco-faced house sitting in the north of the Frogmore Estate on the Windsor Estate.

However, the couple's office will continue to be based at Kensington Palace. Harry's cousin, Peter Philips, and his Canadian wife Autumn also held their wedding reception at the house.

When the work is completed, it will be a 10-bedroom home with space for a gym and yoga studio.

The move is expected following some renovations.

Frogmore Cottage itself is now used as royal offices but will undergo extensive renovations to turn it back into a family home.

The Royal Family's Windsor grounds are steeped in history.

"Windsor is a very special place for Their Royal Hignesses and they are grateful that their official residence will be on the estate". Coincidentally, it is part of the estate where King Edward VIII and his wife Wallis Simpson are buried.

Frogmore Cottage was once home to Abdul Karim, Victoria's "Munshi", or teacher.

Continuing the source added that they "don't really get on".

"Meghan has very strong views on what she is interested in and that may be what Harry shares, but not what William and Kate share". Confirmation of their plans came from Kensington Palace just hours after Emily Andrews at The Sun revealed that Meghan and Harry had been given the historic property by the Queen and would be setting up home there within months.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge typically spend Christmas with the Queen.

It was initially claimed the move next door to the Queen was down to "tension" between brothers Harry and William.

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