UPDATED POST: February 21, 2019 at 1:07 p.m.
Renovations of Frogmore Cottage, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's future home, are well under way. Meghan and Harry are transforming the Windsor estate into a family home for them and their baby on the way. ITV News reports that the couple plans to move in March, which will give them time to settle a bit before the baby arrives. Here's what you should know about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's new digs:
The property holds sentimental value for the couple.
Meghan and Harry took their engagement photos on the grounds of Frogmore House, and it's also where they had their private evening wedding party. Now, they're coming full circle, making Frogmore Cottage their family home.
There's a really sad backstory to the home.
According to People, Frogmore Cottage was once home to Queen Victoria's aide and close friend, Abdul Karim (AKA the Munshi). He lived at the cottage for ten years before being sent back to India following Victoria's death. Abdul's letters from the Queen were burned in front of him after her burial, because members of the royal household demanded that their correspondence be immediately destroyed (potentially due to racism, or people who were jealous of their closeness, People reported). It's nice that Harry and Meghan get to live in the home previously inhabited by one of Victoria's closest friends, though.
The estate requires extensive (and expensive) renovations.
At the end of November, Royal biographer Ingrid Seward told People that Frogmore was "pretty dilapidated." Plans to freshen the landscaping were set in motion, and it was clear that the renovations were going to be a big undertaking.
The Times reported that the full cost of the renovations will range from $2.5 million to $3.8 million. What could possibly cost that much? Major security, first of all. There will also be a green energy unit that costs $60,000. Work is being done on fireplaces, staircases, and a floating floor (meaning material that isn't nailed to the subfloor beneath). The original shutters and floorboards at Frogmore will stay put, though.
Elle reports that plans for the renovations also include two conservatory extensions and permission for a bedroom to be built above a studio on the property (perhaps for Meghan's mother?). Frogmore will have a nursery (of course), personal gym, and yoga studio, according to People.
We can expect warm, neutral tones in the home.
Meghan's home in Toronto featured a warm, neutral array of whites, creams, and grays. Perhaps she will implement a similar color palette at Frogmore?
We will update with more information about Meghan and Harry's new home as it becomes available.
Original Post: November 26, 2018 at 1:28 p.m.
Though the possibility of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle raising their children at Nottingham Cottage—where Princess Diana raised her children—was charming, it was never guaranteed. Plus, as one might imagine, having a baby on the way definitely changes things...especially if it's a future royal. So, with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's first child due in Spring 2019, important decisions are being made.
Though (sadly) no news has broken about what the name will be, Kensington Palace announced that the royal couple will be moving out of Nottingham Cottage to a much more secluded area. The announcement on reads: "The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will move to Frogmore Cottage on the Windsor Estate early next year as they prepare for the arrival of their first child. The couple have lived at Nottingham Cottage since their engagement last year.
Despite the fact that the couple will continue working out of Kensington Palace, the move makes perfect sense for the pair—especially if Meghan plans to birth the baby at home. According to The Sun, Prince Harry wants to escape "the goldfish bowl of royal life" for some "breathing space and a place they could call their own."
Since Frogmore is located inside the Windsor Estate security zone, the article reports, it is both peaceful and private—so "no one will see them coming or going." With 10 bedrooms, the home is quite the upgrade from the small, two-bedroom Nottingham Cottage in which they currently reside. Plus, when the duo moves in following a multi-million pound renovation, Frogmore will surely be a forever home—perhaps for Meghan's mom, Doria, too.
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