Everything you need to know about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's luxurious new home
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are on the move!
The royal family has confirmed that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are leaving Kensington Palace behind in favour of a quieter life in the country.
The pair, who are expecting their first child next spring, will be moving into Frogmore Cottage, located on the grounds of Frogmore House near Windsor Castle. The property was a wedding gift from the Queen, and is the same place where both their romantic engagement photos were taken and their lavish evening wedding reception was held.
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The couple will be moving into the five-bedroom cottage located on 35 acres of land that is only open to the public on select days each year, meaning security will be tight for the growing family.
“The truth is that there simply isn’t enough room at Kensington Palace for them and I know they have been looking at Windsor as a possibility since before the wedding,” a source told the Daily Mail exclusively.
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While there are plans for an extensive multi-million dollar renovation of Frogmore Cottage, The Sun reports the details are being kept private for “security” reasons, but the costly renovation will be at the tax payers’ expense and will reportedly include a new gym, nursery and yoga studio.
The Frogmore House grounds have been a royal family retreat for more than 300 years, named after the high volume of frogs that live on the property.
Built in 1680, the home was bought by Queen Charlotte in 1792. The home was frequented by Queen Victoria and her children, and was even home to Abdul Karim, the Queen’s favourite and munshi (teacher).
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The Frogmore grounds are also the burial grounds for several members of the royal family, including Prince Albert and Queen Victoria, as well as King Edward VIII who abdicated the throne to marry the American divorcée, Wallis Simpson.
Simpson died in 1986 as the Duchess of Windsor at the age of 89. Her funeral was held at St. George’s Chapel, the same location where the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were married.
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