Meghan Markle, 37, and Prince Harry, 34, have made the decision to move out of their Nottingham Cottage home at Kensington Palace in London and move into the Frogmore Cottage home at the Windsor Estate in Berkshire as they prepare to have their first child due in the spring, Kensington Palace announced on November 24. The cottage was previously 5 separate units for palace staff living on the grounds, so it is now under renovation.
A spokesman for the couple said: "Windsor is a very special place for Their Royal Highnesses and they are grateful that their official residence will be on the estate". They will keep their office at Kensington Palace, which is also home to Prince William and his wife Kate.
The Sussex's new location already holds fond memories.
The cottage and house were called Frogmore because of the many frogs that resided in the marshy area near the River Thames.
Located in the Home Park of Windsor Castle, the gardens at Frogmore House have been a favourite retreat for monarchs and their families since the house was purchased by Queen Charlotte in 1790. Even with the addition of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's firstborn, it would merely be a drop in a bucket given how sprawling the palace is. But first, the prince and the former actress will undertake a major renovation to convert the ten-bedroom Frogmore Cottage, which is now staff housing, into a proper family home. Palace sources claim there was "nothing available as an official residence in London".
"Meghan has very strong views on what she is interested in and that may be what Harry shares, but not what William and Kate share".
Frogmore Cottage was once home to Abdul Karim, Victoria's "Munshi", or teacher.
The statement notably comes shortly after the news that Harry and his brother, Prince William, are planning to make a formal division in the monarchy, and there have been reports that there is some tension between the brothers.