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Inside Frogmore Cottage, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s New Home


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They’re heading back to the place where it all began.

This weekend, after a report in The Sun, Kensington Palace announced that Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex will move into Frogmore Cottage, a home on the grounds of Frogmore House, a satellite estate of Windsor Castle. Frogmore House is where the couple held their evening wedding reception on May 19. “Windsor is a very special place for their royal highnesses and they are grateful that their official residence will be on the estate,” Kensington Palace stated. The home is a gift from the Queen—and an upgrade from their current two-bedroom residence, Nottingham Cottage.

So what are the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s new digs like? According to Historic England, the Grade II structure has two stories and a white stucco exterior, similar to that of Frogmore House. The property’s name comes from its proximity to the River Thames, and the bellowing amphibians that come with it. Past residents of Frogmore Cottage include Russian Grand Duchess Xenia Romanov, and Abdul Karim (recently popularized in the movie Victoria & Abdul).

The London Times reports the property isn’t currently a single-family home, but instead subdivided apartments. It will undergo extensive work before Harry and Meghan move in. Currently, the cost is unknown—but the since the renovations will be paid for by the taxpayer, those numbers will be made available later this year. (Interior decorating, however, will be covered by the couple.)

When they make their move, the Duke and Duchess will be about an hour outside the capital. This decision took many royal watchers by surprise: Earlier reports suggested that Harry and Meghan would live at Kensington Palace, near Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge. So what’s behind the change?

There have been many rumored factors. Perhaps they wanted room for Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, to stay for long-term visits, or perhaps renovations for a Kensington Palace Apartment, or any royal London lodging, wouldn’t be completed in time for the arrival of their first child. Regardless, this move does signify a growing separation between the “fab four”: The London Times reported earlier this year that William and Harry would soon have two different courts, rather than operating under the unified Kensington Palace. (With William set to become King of England, and Harry now sixth in line, this wasn’t exactly a huge shock, though it may be something of a sentimental division.) Still, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s offices will still remain at Kensington Palace.

One certain benefit of living in Windsor? Baby Sussex will have quite the playhouse.

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