Mon. Apr 22nd, 2019

Frogmore Cottage: A look at Meghan Markle’s new home [photos]

frogmore cottage meghan markle prince harry sussexBaby Sussex will arrive later this month; Prince Harry and Meghan Markle today moved to the home where they will raise the Royal tot.

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The Duke and Duchess had plans to move into the home during March but had to wait a few weeks as the renovations were not complete. They made the move today, with just under a month to spare before Baby Sussex arrives.

There is not a lot of information about the move currently available. However, Express can confirm that Frogmore Cottage is an early anniversary present from Queen Elizabeth.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will celebrate their one-year-anniversary on 19 May 2019.

Extensive renovations

The renovations cost the couple about £3million, paid from their own personal wealth. The state will only pay for security changes made to the cottages, such as a panic room.

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Frogmore Cottage overlooks the Frogmore House where Harry and Meghan had their evening reception after their #RoyalWedding in May. The grounds of Frogmore – open just 2/3 days per year – are beautiful. / Image via Twitter: @chrisshipitv

However, the security-related expenses could be high as Frogmore is less than 200m from the public Long Walk. All sides of the property are easily accessible. Ken Wharfe, former royal protection officer to Princess of Wales and the Royal Family, explained:

“The costs of building and security arrangements could even balloon to £5million in the first year. There will have to be major reviews of the security surrounding that property because it is exposed on virtually every side.”

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A photo of Frogmore Cottage, taken in 2013. / Image via Twitter: @zirkergirl5

He estimates that the security costs would be a dramatic rise to the taxpayer “which could have been avoided had they decided to stay at Kensington Palace.”

A gender-neutral baby nursery

As for the interior design, Meghan has already reached out to Vicky Charles, the designer of Soho Farmhouse. If rumour has it, the couple settled on a gender-neutral design for the baby’s nursery.

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“That’s Frogmore Cottage now after intense renovations!” / Image via Twitter: @fortheroyals

Lush gardens, green fields, and serene lake surround Frogmore Cottage. The grounds of Windsor offers more than enough space for Baby Sussex to play.

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip’s primary residence, Windsor Castle, is within walking distance from Frogmore Cottage.

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This is Prince Harry’s granny and father walking in the grounds of Frogmore House, some time ago. It will now be the gardens where the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s baby will grow up. / Image via Twitter: chrisshipitv

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