'Harry and Meghan creating a fortress to protect their baby'

Danielle Stacey
Royal Correspondent

One of the reasons why the Duke and Duchess of Sussex chose to move to Frogmore Cottage in Windsor is because they want to keep their newborn son away from the spotlight.

Speaking on Yahoo UK’s ‘The Royal Box,’ author Katie Nicholl says: “One of the reasons that the couple chose to move to Frogmore in Windsor because they knew that they could create fortress there, that they could just get away, and that they felt that Kensington Palace was very much a goldfish bowl.”

Harry and Meghan moved into the renovated Grade-II listed property at the beginning of April, ahead of the birth of their first child.

Their decision to move was announced last year by Kensington Palace. Their new abode had to undergo extensive renovations, thought to cost £3 million, to turn it from staff accommodation to a 10-bedroom family home.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their baby son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor [Photo: PA]

Situated in the Berkshire countryside amid 35 acres of land, Frogmore Cottage is more secluded than their previous abode Nottingham Cottage, which is within the grounds of Kensington Palace in London.

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Similarly, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spent their first years of parenthood raising their two eldest children George, five and Charlotte, three, at their Norfolk Anmer Hall. They moved to their current residence Apartment 1A in Kensington Palace in January 2017.

A general view of Harry and Meghan's home Frogmore Cottage in Windsor [Photo: Getty]

Katie says that Harry and Meghan could follow the example of other royal relatives when it comes to raising their child.

“ She says if they look at the Countess of Wessex, for example and how she and Prince Edward have raised their children, they actually live really ordinary lives and they’re just a stone’s throw away over at Bagshot Park.

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“They go to regular schools, yes, they go horse riding with the Queen and of course, they are royal children, but they enjoy a life away from the spotlight and I think that’s really what Harry aspires to.”

Meghan and Harry’s son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was born at 05:26, weighing 7lb 3oz, on May 6, 2019.

The couple have decided to not to choose a courtesy title for their son - they could have used Earl of Dumbarton, one of Harry’s subsidiaries given to him on his wedding day.