Frogmore Cottage: Meghan and Harry's Move In & Privacy Issue
Many were shocked to hear that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have decided to move further away from the royal family. Although rumors started spreading about a supposed feud between the Cambridge's and Sussexes, nothing of the sort has been proved.
The reason for their move is simple: the couple is just looking for more privacy. Meghan and Harry are paving their own path for their future, so it's natural for the couple to desire to live separately. So, what do we know about their new, humble abode? And how are they adjusting to their move-in with baby Archie? Let’s take a look!
WHY DID THE COUPLE CHOOSE FROGMORE?
The property is pretty small in size. It has two reception rooms, two bedrooms, a living room, one bathroom, a kitchen, and a small garden. Judging from what we’ve seen the house is, well, quite tiny for royal standards. So, what is it about Frogmore and why did they end up choosing it?
According to the official statement of the new residence,
"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. Windsor is a very special place for Their Royal Highnesses, and they are grateful that their official residence will be on the estate. The Duke and Duchess’s official office will continue to be based at Kensington Palace."
Alright - so we’ve established that there’s some kind of emotional attachment to the property. And now you’re probably wondering what happened at Frogmore that makes it so sentimental for the couple. As a matter of fact, it turns out that Frogmore Cottage is actually where the couple’s wedding was held last May. More specifically, the evening wedding party. And that’s not all. On top of that, this is where their engagement photos were taken, around a year ago as well! Honestly, we can see why the property holds a special place in Meghan and Harry’s hearts.
THE BASICS ABOUT THEIR NEW HOUSE
The property wasn’t exactly livable right away. Apparently, lots of time and effort was put into renovating the cottage. It’s a Grade II building, which included five bedrooms, which were then divided into five units for royal staff. Now, since it’ll only be the couple and their little Archie living in the house, they decided to turn it into a single-family home. The total cost of the renovation? 1.4 million pounds. Not too shabby.
Metro commented on the topic, saying, "all of this work will be funded by taxpayers via the Sovereign Grant. However, any decorating or new fixtures and fittings will be paid for by Harry and Meghan as they are deemed non-essential."
The remodeling is promised to be a good one. According to The Sun, a nursery, a yoga studio of Markle (who we all know is a huge fan of the activity), and a personal gym will be added into the home.
With the baby now born, the couple needed to create some extra room for a nanny, as well as make improvements and upgrades to their security - which is of the utmost importance when you’re a royal. Overall, the property is absolutely stunning - there is no denying that. There are 35 acres of rich vegetation, bridges, and paths, as well as a human-made lake! It’s peaceful and isolated, with a picturesque style, making it simply perfect for a young family that's bound to grow.
AN ISSUE AFTER MOVING IN: FROGMORE ISN’T AS PRIVATE AS THEY WANTED IT TO BE
Frogmore Cottage was supposed to give the Sussexes privacy - I mean, it really was one of the main reasons why they decided to move. But, unfortunately, it is not so. Meghan and Harry are trying their best to stay away from the royal spotlight, keeping their newborn out of it as well (and future kids). The issue? Apparently, the cottage isn’t as private as it’s supposed to be.
Express reported that Meghan and Harry’s new house can be seen from the Long Walk, a “tree-lined avenue across from Windsor Great Park.” The problem is that this section of the property is available and open for the public to roam around, meaning those who are walking around are able to sneak a peek into the Sussexes home.
HOW ARE THEY GOING TO HIDE THEIR HOME?
Onlookers are able to see the cottage chimney stack and three windows. In fact, they’re completely visible in plain sight. The only thing the Duke and Duchess are able to do at the moment is keeping their curtains closed. Of course, there’s already a plan underway - more specifically, a “planting program.” In order to camouflage their home from the public, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have requested large trees that are going to be planted in the empty spaces. As a result, people who are walking by won’t be able to see the family.
As expected, Meghan and Harry aren’t the first royal couple to use this method. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have done the same thing, by planting large bushes around their houses at Kensington Palace. This keeps their children, Prince Louis, Princess Charlotte, and Prince George safe from the public eye, letting them freely run around and play outside.
When you’re a young family, and especially when you’re royalty, privacy isn’t just an issue of preference - it becomes an issue of security. Meghan and Harry are ensuring that little Archie will have the freedom to play and grow safely, just like all the regular children. And it sounds like the couple has everything under control. What do you think about their new home? Let us know in the comments below! And make sure to check out our related articles about the royals for the latest updates.