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Comparing Meghan Markle's LA Mansion to Frogmore Cottage Where the Sussex's Stayed during Their UK Visit

Brittany Chalmers
Jun 03, 2022
09:40 P.M.
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Before Meghan Markle and Prince Harry moved to America, the couple renovated Frogmore Cottage in the United Kingdom. The historic home is significantly different from their Los Angeles mansion—here is a glimpse of both.

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While Meghan and Harry no longer reside in the UK, they took a family trip across the pond in 2022 for the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

The royal couple was delighted to spend time with the Queen. It was a memorable trip because their two kids, son Archie and daughter Lilibet, traveled with them, and it was the first meeting between Queen Elizabeth and her namesake granddaughter.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attending the 2021 Salute To Freedom Gala on November 10, 2021 in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

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Harry's family took residence in the cozy Frogmore Cottage, where Princess Eugenie now lives. However, the royal princess and her husband, Jack Brooksbank, were not in the country. They journeyed to Portugal for the festivities.

Princess Eugenie's family was in Lisbon because of her husband's new job working for property tycoon Mike Meldman. They are believed to have a good relationship with the Sussexes and have previously visited them in America.

Meghan Markle and baby Archie Mountbatten-Windsor during a tour in Cape Town, South Africa on September 25, 2019. | Source: Getty Images

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THE ROYAL COUPLE PRIORITIZED PRIVACY IN BOTH HOMES

Meghan and Harry were dedicated to creating home environments that were highly private and shielded from the public. Their $14.7 million property in California's prestigious Montecito neighborhood is stunning and exclusive.

The royal couple wanted a place where they could raise their kids, and the Santa Barbara abode with nine bedrooms and 16 bathrooms met their needs. The mega-mansion was built in 2003, and it is located on more than seven acres.

The front gate of the Montecito, California Estate where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle live, 2021. | Source: Getty Images

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Frogmore Cottage offered the couple something equally private. The home, located within the Windsor security zone, was secluded and far away from peering eyes.

In 2018, a source shared:

"Frogmore is just lovely and will be a beautiful place for the Sussexes to bring up their child. It's not that far from London ... Harry and Meghan are incredibly happy and deservedly so."

Meghan Markle speaks on "America's Got Talent" from her stylish home in California. | Source: youtube.com/America's Got Talent

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A GLIMPSE INSIDE THE COUPLE'S AMERICAN HOME

While the exterior of the royal couple's Montecito home is impressive, the interior is even more breathtaking. The actress, a lover of interior decorating, perfected every corner of their home.

Fans saw glimpses inside the couple's home offices and the books they had stored on the shelf. They showcased a copy of "A Photographer's Life; 1990-2005" by Annie Leibovitz and "Women: National Geographic Image Collection."

Meghan Markle inside her home in California. | Source: youtube.com/ET Canada

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Geared with a fireplace, a rustic wooden desk, and stylish chairs, the office was stunning. Their rooms also appeared to have a neutral theme with muted tones that offered an aesthetically pleasing feeling.

The artwork seen on their walls was striking as three similar-looking paintings hung behind Meghan and completed the room. Candles, flowers, and striped pillows also provided finishing touches that were fit for a prince.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle inside their Californian home. | Source: youtube.com/TIME

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Meghan spent a lot of time in her home study and made sure inspiring pieces surrounded her. As a working mother advocating for better childcare support, she crafted and shared important messages, often from the comfort of her home.

She said:

"Families everywhere, and especially working moms, are asked to shoulder so much. Creating a stronger workforce starts with meeting the needs of families."

Actress Meghan Markle inside her Californian home. | Source: youtube.com/The Telegraph

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Meghan looked regal as she sat behind her large desk alongside her sleeping dog. Despite the cozy nature of the space, it also had a classic edge.

White crystal homeware, golden vases, and a floral tray with a Burleigh teacup were just some of the unmissable items in the actress's workspace. Meghan's style was noticeable and suited to her attention to detail.

Actress Meghan Markle inside her Californian home. | Source: youtube.com/The Telegraph

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THE FAMILY HAS A GLORIOUS GARDEN AND POOL AREA

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have a garden and pool area that most people only see in their dreams. Fit with sun loungers, umbrellas, and crystal clear water, the outside of their home is perfect for sunbathing and relaxation.

The couple was seated on a small wooden bench framed by idyllic pine and cypress trees in a video. Their modern chateau certainly didn't disappoint, and it is rumored that Harry added a special touch to their garden.

Sources believe the royal planted forget-me-nots in honor of his late mom, Princess Diana. The pair's abode also has an unexpected final feature—a wine cellar!

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle outside their stunning Californian home. | Source: youtube.com/The Telegraph

FROGMORE COTTAGE: THEIR FORMER HOME IN THE UNITED KINGDOM

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry might have a place to call home in America now, but the duo initially had plans to live in the United Kingdom permanently.

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They opted to live in Frogmore Cottage, named for the marshy lands that attracted many amphibians. The abode became their first family home after the Queen offered it in 2018.

They moved in shortly before Archie was born and completed various renovations before their arrival. The cottage was said to be "pretty dilapidated" and in need of work.

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To suit Meghan and Harry's desires for the home, refurbishments included a yoga studio, a glamourous double staircase, and new grand fireplaces.

The cottage was also significantly remodeled and changed from five separate living quarters into one large official residence. Meghan hired Soho House's interior designer Vicky Charles to assist with reworking the space.

The home changes cost millions and were paid for by taxpayers through the sovereign grant. However, the couple also contributed to the fees, and they agreed to repay the costs over an extended period.

A photo of Frogmore Cottage in Windsor taken in 2020. | Source: Getty Images

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The cottage has a rich history dating back to 1680 when Charles II started its development. Edward VIII and his wife, Wallis Simpson, were buried on the grounds, and it also houses Queen Victoria and Prince Albert's mausoleum.

In 2022, it was revealed that the pair extended their lease on the property with a 12-month rolling deal. Reportedly they pay "just shy of £18,000 (about $22,500) a month to keep Frogmore as their official British base."

While they will still be based in the United States, the couple's desire to spend more time in Britain will most likely please the Queen.

Prince Harry's home country will always mean the world to him, and he undoubtedly wants to give his kids a chance to see where he grew up. By holding onto Frogmore Cottage, the Sussexes will always have a home away from home.

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