Everything We Know About Frogmore Cottage, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Windsor Home

Caroline Hallemann
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Earlier this year, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle moved out of Kensington Palace and into their new home, Frogmore Cottage. "The couple are now living in Windsor, at the house they have refurbished on the Frogmore Estate," reported ITV in April. "The Sussexes wanted to be settled in their new home before their baby is born."

Back in November, Kensington Palace officially confirmed that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were relocating, and in January, ITV reported that the big move was happening in March, ahead of Meghan's due date. "ITV News has been told the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have pencilled in a moving date of March so they can get settled into their new home several weeks before Meghan has their first child," reads a report from the network.

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But, as with many construction projects, the move was reportedly delayed, so they moved in shortly before little Archie arrived. As royal reporter Emily Andrews tweeted in March, "Harry & Meghan were due to move in this week just gone, but their move has been delayed by three weeks or so. The renovation work has been huge to turn this mini-mansion back into a family home so it’s no real surprise that builders fell behind."

With that in mind, here's everything we know so far about their new home:

The Palace first released a statement about the matter on November 24, 2018.

"The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will move to Frogmore Cottage on the Windsor Estate early next year as they prepare for the arrival of their first child. The couple have lived at Nottingham Cottage since their engagement last year," read the memo.

"Windsor is a very special place for Their Royal Highnesses and they are grateful that their official residence will be on the estate." The statement also acknowledged that Meghan and Harry's offices "will continue to be based at Kensington Palace."

The home required renovations before Harry and Meghan moved in.

That construction cost $3.05 million in public funds, a number which was revealed in Sovereign Grant in June of 2019. While the public funds paid for the structural work, the interior was furnished by Harry and Meghan. In her story for T&C about the funding, royal reporter Victoria Murphy also clarified that the home did not have a yoga studio, as had been previously rumored.

The nursery is reportedly decorated in gender neutral shades.

Meghan and Harry reportedly did not find out Archie's gender before he was born, and so they opted for a nursery that could work for either a boy or a girl.

"They've decided not to find out the sex," reporter Katie Nicholl said in January of 2019. "But according to sources who are helping with [their new home] renovations, the nursery itself is going to be very modern," Nicholl continued during an appearance on ET. "Don't expect to see any baby pink or baby blue. Apparently, it's going to be a monochrome palette-whites and grays, I'm told, will be the color theme for baby Sussex's nursery."

They are also reportedly using eco-friendly vegan paint, and outfitting the nursery with "top-of-the-line cameras, security windows, and a state-of-the-art stereo system."

Now that they're all moved in, they've also been making changes to the exterior of the home.

A new report from the Daily Mail reveals that Meghan and Harry have been granted permission to add windows and doors, work on the walls, and a garden complete with exterior lighting to the house.

"Frogmore Cottage will be the perfect place for a royal prince to grow up with the Duke and Duchess," a source told the Mail.

"The Duchess is very involved in the project and wanted the final design to be perfect... But this is not all, the couple are now looking at finishing off their garden to make it perfect for them and Archie. Lighting is a key part of the scheme not just to make the garden pretty but also for security reasons."

The home was originally leased by 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, within the grounds of Frogmore House, leased in 1790, that was a retreat for her and her unmarried daughters within Windsor Home Park."

Queen Victoria reportedly dined there in 1875, and was less-than-pleased by the number of frogs found on the property, calling them "quite dreadful." But the residence has also hosted non-royal tenants; American theologian Henry James Sr. lived there in the mid-1800s.

Frogmore House, which shares its grounds with Harry and Meghan's new home, clearly holds a special place for the couple.

It's where the couple took their engagement photos, and where they hosted their more intimate evening wedding reception back in May.



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