Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Are Moving to Frogmore Cottage in Windsor, Kensington Palace Confirms

  • Reports that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will be leaving Nottingham Cottage in 2019 have been confirmed by Kensington Palace.
  • It was initially believed that Meghan and Harry would move into the 20-bedroom apartment next door to Kate Middleton and Prince William in Kensington Palace.
  • It’s now been confirmed that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will actually be moving into Frogmore Cottage at Windsor Castle.

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Reports that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry plan to leave their current Kensington Palace residence have been finally confirmed.

In an official statement shared by several royal reporters, Kensington Palace revealed that Meghan and Harry are moving out of Nottingham Cottage in Kensington Palace in the new year, and will no longer be Kate Middleton and Prince William’s neighbors. The royal Fab Four is no more.

Rather than moving into the 20-bedroom apartment next door to Kate, William, and their children—Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis—Meghan and Harry will move into Frogmore Cottage on the Windsor estate. Meghan and Harry are, of course, are expecting their first baby in Spring 2019, and likely want to get settled for their new arrival.

Per Kensington Palace’s official statement, “Windsor is a very special place for Their Royal Highnesses and they are grateful that their official residence will be on the estate. The Duke and Duchess’s official office will continue to be based at Kensington Palace.”

KP says in statement: “Windsor is a very special place for Their Royal Highnesses and they are grateful that their official residence will be on the estate. The Duke and Duchess’s official office will continue to be based at Kensington Palace.”

— Lizzie Robinson (@LizzieITV) November 24, 2018

In a statement @KensingtonRoyal adds that Harry and Meghan’s official office will continue to be based at Kensington Palace.

— Victoria Murphy (@QueenVicMirror) November 24, 2018

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Statement from @KensingtonRoyal says: “Windsor is a very special place for Their Royal Highnesses and they are grateful that their official residence will be on the estate.”

— Chris Ship (@chrisshipitv) November 24, 2018

Royal commentator Emily Andrews broke the news, revealing that “the Queen has given them Frogmore Cottage in Windsor. It’s within the private Home Park and faces the beautiful grounds of Frogmore House. It’s where they had their private evening wedding party & where their gorgeous engagement pictures were shot.” Andrews also points out that “The 20-room Apartment 1 at Kensington Palace, next door to William & Kate’s apartment at 1a, will become available next year as the Duke & Duchess of Gloucester are moving to a smaller part of KP. But Harry & Meghan have chosen not to move there.”

Andrews notes that currently the property is “undergoing a large refurbishment to turn it back from staff accommodation to a family home,” so the move won’t be immediate. Having celebrated their fairytale nuptials in the main house, it’s unsurprising that Meghan and Harry would want to return to Frogmore and build their family home there:

Exclusive: Harry & Meghan are moving out of Kensington Palace next year. They’ve been given a new house by the Queen and it will be their official residence. It’s currently undergoing a large refurbishment to turn it back from staff accommodation to a family home.

— Emily Andrews (@byEmilyAndrews) November 23, 2018

Instead the Queen has given them Frogmore Cottage in Windsor. It’s within the private Home Park and faces the beautiful grounds of Frogmore House. It’s where they had their private evening wedding party & where their gorgeous engagement pictures were shot. pic.twitter.com/uByYVm7pWC

— Emily Andrews (@byEmilyAndrews) November 23, 2018

The 20-room Apartment 1 at Kensington Palace, next door to William & Kate’s apartment at 1a, will become available next year as the Duke & Duchess of Gloucester are moving to a smaller part of KP. But Harry & Meghan have chosen not to move there.

— Emily Andrews (@byEmilyAndrews) November 23, 2018

Roya Nikkah previously reported the news, revealing that Harry and William’s infamous double-act was coming to an end with the arrival of baby Sussex. At the time, a royal source told The Sunday Times, “The brothers have leant on each other and looked after each other since their mother died. But now they have their own families, they no longer rely on each other as before.”

With families of their own, it’s understandable that the royal brothers would want to define their own roles within the royal family.