Prince Harry and Meghan Markle react to eviction from Frogmore Cottage

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have confirmed rumours that they must move out of Frogmore Cottage.

To recap, Queen Elizabeth II gave the property to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex as a wedding gift in 2018. But, after renovating Frogmore Cottage at great expense, the pair only lived there for a few months before stepping down as senior working royals and moving to the US.

Since then, the property has remained relatively vacant, although Harry and Meghan have stayed there on their brief visits to the UK. The pair also celebrated their daughter's first birthday there last year and have previously said that retaining Frogmore Cottage meant "their family would always have a place to call home in the United Kingdom."

But earlier this week, news broke that the Duke and Duchess had been asked to vacate the property as a new resident is set to move in: Prince Andrew.

Now, a spokesperson for the couple has said: "We can confirm the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been requested to vacate their residence at Frogmore Cottage."

prince harry and meghan markle 'evicted' from frogmore cottage
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According to The Sun, King Charles III had instructed the Duke and Duchess to remove the remainder of their belongings so that Prince Andrew could move in. He currently resides at the Royal Lodge – with his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson – but with King Charles apparently planning to cut his brother's income, Andrew will unlikely be able to afford the upkeep of the mansion. But, it doesn't seem that Andrew is too keen on the proposal.

"Andrew is resisting the idea of moving into Frogmore Cottage after he was offered it last week," the source went on. And apparently he's not the only royal that's not on board with the decision.

Royal expert Omid Scobie – one of the authors behind the Harry and Meghan biography Finding Freedom – said: "Sources tell me, that [the decision] has left Harry and Meghan stunned, and at least two members of the Royal Family 'appalled'."

Writing for Yahoo, the expert described the change as a "clear sign of just how sour relations [have become]."

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