Prince Harry and Meghan Markle had lived at Buckingham Palace since their marriage in May, but they’ve moved out now that they are expecting their first child together. Here’s why Prince Harry and Meghan Markle left Buckingham Palace to make way for the royal baby and where they will likely live next.
When Did Prince Harry and Meghan Leave Kensington Palace?
After a little over a year of living together at Kensington Palace, it appears that newlyweds Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have left for their home in Nottingham Cottage. Royal insiders say that getting out of London was imperative for their marriage to survive. Plus, with so many royal events taking place at their old residence, it’s much easier to avoid media attention from onlookers if they were trying to preserve their privacy.
Kensington is still used as an official residence by other members of The Royal Family, but since his engagement Harry had been living at Nottingham Cottage with his then-fiancée, now wife. Located in Chelsea, that property is leased by The Crown Estate on behalf of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
What Did They Do at Kensington Palace?
Kensington Palace has been an official residence of British monarchs since 1837. The palace is in London, just to the west of Hyde Park and across from Victoria Station. Until 2011, it was also home to Princess Diana, who used one wing for her offices as honorary president of five charities. When Harry and Meghan move out, he’ll be able to make good on his promise to help more than 200 charities in 2018. So far, he’s served as a key speaker at event for WellChild (which helps ill children), Teenage Cancer Trust (funding better treatment for teens with cancer) and more.
Why Did They Leave The Royal Family Home?
According to a new report, King George V’s grandson and his bride are leaving Buckingham Palace because it’s not fit for purpose. The Telegraph cites a senior royal source as saying that It doesn’t meet their standards. Reportedly, Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Philip will also vacate Clarence House for Duke of York family property at St James’s Palace next year. News of a move comes just one month after news that Kate Middleton will be moving out of Kensington Palace with her family in order to make way for a renovation that could take up to 10 years to complete.
Where Did They Live Before Moving to Frogmore Cottage?
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s life together started at Nottingham Cottage, which sits in grounds owned by Queen Elizabeth II. The home was designed for Princess Margaret, who gave birth to her daughter, Sarah Ferguson, there. Later, it was given to Princess Diana when she married Prince Charles—and it became a favorite spot for visiting children from charities. When Harry’s mother died in 1997 after being involved in a car crash while being chased by paparazzi photographers on motorbikes, he joined his father at Kensington Palace.
Will Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince George & Princess Charlotte Move There Too?
Since Prince Harry got engaged to American actress Meghan Markle, there’s been a lot of speculation about whether his brother, Prince William and his family will be moving out of Buckingham Palace in London. As it turns out, if he does move out of Buckingham Palace, there’s a good chance William will follow suit. (The Duchess of Cambridge and her children – George & Charlotte are expected to stay put.)
But why is that? Is it because they prefer to remain separated from A-list royalty? Or is there something else at play here? Most believe that it has nothing to do with celebrity gossip or royal egos — but rather, matters that are much more practical. Things like: space; privacy; and security.
What Is Frogmore Cottage’s History?
Frogmore Cottage was built in 1831 by Queen Adelaide, one of Queen Victoria’s consorts. The building is situated on 200 acres of land near Windsor Castle that was once part of Frogmore Farm, but later came to be used as an estate garden for Buckingham Palace. The cottage and surrounding land was eventually passed on to Queen Victoria’s husband, Prince Albert (who had a thing for stuffed animals), after which it became a favorite retreat for his family. In fact, Victoria herself lived there with her mother after Albert died in 1861. Today, much of its original 19th-century charm remains intact.
Where Is Frogmore Cottage Located?
The Cottage is located south of Windsor Castle, on a estate within 40 acres (16 hectares) in Windsor Home Park. It’s set on banks of River Thames. The grounds of Frogmore House have been used as a home for royal treasures, including an antelope given to Queen Victoria by Afghan King Shah Shuja in 1842.
There is also a mausoleum where the remains of Edward VII, George V and George VI are interred; those members of European Royal families that died at Windsor Castle during World War II are buried here as well. It’s also currently home to Queen Elizabeth II’s flower gardens — where she lovingly cultivates flowers including stately red roses.
How Much Did the Property Cost?
The couple purchased a farmhouse in rural Wales, which they plan to call home after they tie the knot. According to People magazine, the cost of their new residence is not yet known. Harry is fifth in line for throne, so technically he doesn’t need to ask permission from Queen Elizabeth II before he can purchase real estate.
Plus, since he’s just one of 15 people living at Buckingham Palace right now, it makes sense that he’d want more space than that. One thing we do know: His fiancée isn’t moving into his official royal residence. As a member of his household staff told The Sun newspaper, she’ll be living with him at their cottage—at least for now—because she wants her own place when they’re done with wedding festivities.
What Has Happened To It Since Its Purchase?
The royal family has been trying to shake off its stuffy image for some time now. In recent years, they have allowed a greater degree of accessibility between members of the royal family and average citizens. They also have taken to social media in hopes of driving up their numbers. If you look at Queen Elizabeth II’s Twitter account, she has more than 23 million followers, with her profile picture being that of her pet dogs Cider and Berry.
It is clear that there is a definite effort to make people feel closer to royalty by showing sides of them that you wouldn’t see in person or hear about on TV during regular broadcasts—giving us an inside glimpse into their everyday lives.
When Was Prince George Born & Where Was He Baptised?
It’s been seven years since Prince William, Duchess Kate Middleton, and their baby son left St. Mary’s Hospital in London following his birth. But there is still a lot of intrigue surrounding what exactly happened when Prince George was born at 12:01 a.m. on July 22, 2013. Many people are wondering where he was baptized (if he was baptized) or if there were any other celebrities who attended. Here are a few facts about the royal couple’s third child’s birth, baptism, and everything that occurred after he arrived via cesarean section!
How Old Is Princess Charlotte Now?
According to ABC News, The American network’s royal contributor Victoria Murphy said that there were two main reasons behind their decision to leave. The first is because they’re moving out of a staff apartment in St. James’s Palace and into Frogmore Cottage—which is where Harry lived with his late mother, Princess Diana. Before his mom passed away, it was her go-to place during her marriage to Prince Charles. Her son seems really fond of it too, so he plans on returning home whenever he can. In addition to nostalgia, there’s another big perk: more privacy! One word: secluded.
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