They’ve barely put their bags down from their epic tour of Australia and the South Pacific, Prince Harry and Princess Meghan are preparing to pack up again – this time, to move house!
Kensington Palace confirmed the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be relocating from their current digs in London to Frogmore Cottage in Windsor. So why the sudden move? Well for a start, it’s considerably larger than Nottingham Cottage, the two-bedroom home within the grounds of Kensington Palace where they currently live.
Room to grow
The Georgian “cottage” is currently split into five separate apartments used for staff accommodation but will be converted back to a family home, with 10 bedrooms and enough space for a gym and a yoga studio, before they move in. “Windsor is a very special place for their Royal Highnesses and they are grateful that their official residence will be on the estate,” an official statement read. Windsor is of course where the couple tied the knot earlier this year, and Frogmore House, the larger more formal home near Frogmore Cottage, is where they celebrated their private wedding party. The surrounding gardens were also where the couple posed for their official engagement photos. Once renovations are completed, the couple is set to move in early 2019 allowing plenty of time to nest before the arrival of their first child sometime in the Northern hemisphere spring. The news put an end to rumours they might move next door to William and Catherine, into number one, Kensington Palace, a 20-room apartment.
A private escape
It will be a significant change of pace from Kensington which is only 3 km from the centre of London, to Windsor in Berkshire, about 40 minutes away. Spanning 35 acres, Windsor Castle Home Estate where Frogmore Cottage is located has been something of a retreat, offering privacy away from the public and paparazzi. The Queen prefers to spend her weekends at Windsor. While no further details were released UK press speculates Frogmore Cottage was most likely a gift from the Queen.
Steeped in history
Frogmore Cottage is a grade II listed heritage building originally built in 1790 by Queen Charlotte overlooking the more formal home, Frogmore House. The gardens feature a pond and extensive manicured gardens, as well as the mausoleum where Queen Victoria and Prince Albert are buried.