The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced their move to a new residence on the Windsor Castle grounds. They will need the space for their growing family.
Meghan Markle, 37 and husband Prince Harry, 34 are expecting their first child in Spring of 2019. As such, they have decided to leave the Kensington Palace.
The two lived in the "joint court" of Nottingham Cottage with in-laws Prince William and Kate Middleton since their marriage in May. However, a statement from the palace released to Hello! confirmed the impending split.
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The statement read:
"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."
According to a source for Sun magazine, there may be other reasons the two want to "strike out on their own." The source claimed:
"...there has been a bit of tension between the brothers."
They also said:
“The initial plan was for Harry and Meghan to move out of their cottage in the grounds of Kensington Palace and into one of the main apartments."
Instead, the couple will move into the 10-bedroom estate known as the Frogmore Cottage. The building also boasts a nursery and enough space for a yoga studio as well as a new gym.
The cottage has to be renovated since it was being used as a home for palace staff. It had been subdivided into five units. Lush vegetation surrounds the cottage, which stands 30 miles west of London.
In July, a planning application was reportedly approved by officials from the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead. Officials also gave permission for a bedroom to be placed on top of the studio.
This may be to accommodate Markle's mother Doria Ragland. Rumors of the soon-to-be grandmother's move to be with her new granddaughter are long-running.
Markle and Harry are not unfamiliar with the building. It was the setting of the pair's royal wedding. They also held their evening dinner party and took engagement photos around the house. The statement also read:
“Windsor is a very special place for Their Royal Highnesses and they are grateful that their official residence will be on the estate."
Hello! further confirmed that "the Duke and Duchess’s official office will continue to be based at Kensington Palace.” However, further details of upcoming changes to Frogmore Cottage remain under wraps.
It is known that the renovation will be funded by the Sovereign Grant. Decorative updates will come out of the expecting parents' pockets.
Initial news of the split was unofficially announced back in November. At the time, the reason given was differing roles of Prince Harry and William.
The fact that Harry and Markle are expanding their family is sufficient enough to want to go off on their own. Meanwhile, we hope the brothers aren't going through too much strife between themselves.