Princess Eugenie Is Moving Into Prince Harry and Meghan's Windsor Home, Frogmore Cottage
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Last year, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle moved from Kensington Palace to their new home, Frogmore Cottage, just weeks before baby Archie arrived. "The couple now live in Windsor in the house they renovated on the Frogmore Estate," ITV reported at the time. "The Sussexes wanted to settle in their new home before their baby was born."
But now, after Harry, Meghan and Archie moved to Los Angeles in early 2020, Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank are set to move into the Windsor home. The house is believed to remain the UK residence of the Sussexes, but they are happy to open it to Eugenie and Jack before their first child arrives next year.
It was previously confirmed that Harry and Meghan intend to keep their home in Windsor, although the Sussexes will split their time between the UK and the US so their family will always have a place to call home in the UK. "
"Frogmore Cottage will continue to be owned by Her Majesty the Queen. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will continue to use Frogmore Cottage - with Her Majesty the Queen's permission - as their official residence in order to continue to support the monarchy." reads the funding section of their website.
This was later confirmed by a statement from Buckingham Palace which said: "The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have shared their desire to repay government grant expenses for the renovation of Frogmore Cottage, which will remain their UK family home. "
Harry and Meghan kept this promise in early September. In a statement, the couple said they "paid all of the necessary renovation costs" and that the cottage "will remain the British residence of the Duke and his family".
Here's everything else we know so far about the Windsor house:
When Harry and Meghan made their big announcement to step down from their roles, they also shared why they'd chosen Windsor in the first place.
"The Duke and Duchess of Sussex decided to move to Windsor for a variety of reasons. Their previous residence in Nottingham Cottage on the grounds of Kensington Palace could not accommodate their growing family. The option for Apartment 1 at Kensington Palace was reduced to over 10 An estimated £ 4million for mandatory renovations including asbestos removal, "said a statement from the funding section of the new Sussexes website.
"This residence would not have been available to them until the fourth quarter of 2020. As a result, Her Majesty the Queen offered the Duke and Duchess the use of Frogmore Cottage, which was already being renovated and would be available for move ahead Birth of their son. "
The house needed renovation before Harry and Meghan moved in.
This construction cost $ 3.05 million in public funding, a figure announced in the June 2019 Sovereign Grant. While the public funds were being paid for the construction, the interior was furnished by Harry and Meghan. In her story for T&C about the funding, Royal reporter Victoria Murphy also made it clear that the house did not have a yoga studio, as had previously been rumored.
Harry and Meghan are further clarifying the allocation of funds on their new website. "The renovation of Frogmore Cottage, the Grade I listed building in Windsor Home Park, was funded by Her Majesty the Queen through the Sovereign Grant, reflecting the monarchy's responsibility to maintain the maintenance of buildings of historic importance (see above) furnishings and fittings in of the official residence owned by Her Majesty the Queen were privately financed by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. "
While the palace's statement expressed Harry and Meghan's desire to "repay the Sovereign Grant's expenses for the renovation of Frogmore Cottage," it is not currently clear whether that would include the total renovation cost of more than $ 3 million or whether another sum was determined.
The house was originally leased from Queen Charlotte for her unmarried daughters.
According to The Idea of the Cottage in English Architecture by Daniel Maudlin, "Queen Charlotte had a second cottage, Frogmore Cottage, on the grounds of Frogmore House, which was rented in 1790 and was a retreat for her and her unmarried daughters in Windsor Home Park . "
Queen Victoria is believed to have had dinner there in 1875 and was less pleased with the number of frogs found on the property, which she described as "quite terrible". Non-royal tenants were also accommodated in the residence. The American theologian Henry James Sr. lived there in the mid-19th century.
The Frogmore House, which shares its property with Harry and Meghan's house, clearly has a special place for the couple.
This is where the two of them took their engagement photos and held their more intimate evening wedding reception in May.
The palace first published a statement about the move on November 24, 2018.
"The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be moving to Frogmore Cottage on the Windsor Estate early next year to prepare for the arrival of their first child. The couple have lived in Nottingham Cottage since they were engaged last year," the memo reads .
"Windsor is a very special place for Her Royal Highnesses and they are grateful that her official residence will be on the estate." The statement also recognized that Meghan and Harry's offices "will continue to be located at Kensington Palace".
Harry and Meghan will now split their time between the UK and North America, but while in the UK Frogmore Cottage will be their home base.
"Frogmore Cottage will continue to be owned by Her Majesty the Queen. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will continue to use Frogmore Cottage as their official residence, with Her Majesty the Queen's permission, as they continue to support the monarchy and therefore their family in the United Kingdom always has a place to call home, "read a statement on their new website.
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