What Prince Harry & Meghan Markle’s Kensington Palace Split Means for the Royal Family

  • Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will move out of Nottingham Cottage in Kensington Palace, and instead take up residence in Frogmore Cottage on the Windsor Estate in the new year.
  • It was previously thought that Meghan and Harry would become Kate Middleton and Prince William’s neighbors by moving into the 21-bedroom Kensington Palace apartment next door, but this is no longer the case.
  • It’s believed that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex hope to be moved into their new home by the time their first baby arrives in Spring 2019, having been gifted the property by Queen Elizabeth II.
  • An official statement reveals that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s office will remain at Kensington Palace, alongside the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s.

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With their first baby on the way, some big changes are happening for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. And even though Nottingham Cottage in Kensington Palace has been the couple’s home base since announcing their engagement, it’s now been revealed that Meghan and Harry plan to move away from London before their first baby is born.

So, what exactly does Meghan and Harry’s move mean for the royal family? And does this mean that the royal Fab Four is over for good?

According to royal reporter, Emily Andrews, who broke news of the move, Meghan and Harry will continue to run the business side of their affairs from Kensington Palace. As the official statement regarding the move states, “Their office will continue to be based at Kensington Palace”:

Kensington Palace confirm my story that The Duke and Duchess of Sussex #HarryandMeghan will move out of KP next year to Frogmore Cottage as their official residence. Their office will continue to be at Kensington Palace with the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge. pic.twitter.com/yzvcv7d75W

— Emily Andrews (@byEmilyAndrews) November 24, 2018

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As Meghan and Harry will continue to work from Kensington Palace, it’s likely that they will still collaborate with Prince William and Kate Middleton, when appropriate. While their move from Nottingham Cottage, where Prince Harry lived on his own before Meghan moved to England, seems drastic, it appears as though they will still spend a lot of time in London.

Based in Windsor, Frogmore Cottage isn’t a vast distance to travel from central London, and with a baby on the way, Meghan and Harry probably want to have a family base outside of the city.

Kate and William also have a country home—Anmer Hall on Sandringham Estate in Norfolk—which they were gifted by the Queen to celebrate their wedding back in 2011. But as they reportedly spend much of their time in their apartment at Kensington Palace, Meghan and Harry’s move shows how different the couples are. Opting for a much quieter country setting to start their family, Meghan and Harry will live away from the spotlight, and the hustle and bustle of London.