Margaret Minnicks is an online writer who writes about the royal family.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are officially moving out of their residence in Kensington Palace and into Frogmore Cottage which is a much bigger space for their growing family. Besides, it is a remote location with much more privacy.
Usually, when people think about a cottage, they imagine it to be a small simple house, typically one near a lake or beach. However, that is not the description of the cottage the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are moving into at the beginning of next year.
Kensington Palace vs. Frogmore Cottage
Prince Harry has lived in Kensington Palace since 2012. It has been officially confirmed that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are moving from their small two-bedroom residence to a more spacious residence at Frogmore Cottage on the Windsor Estate. Don't think for a minute that this is a downgrade. In fact, it is just the opposite.
Frogmore Cottage is not just any cottage. It is on the estate of the Frogmore House. That is the place where the Duke and Duchess of Sussex took their engagement photos in November 2017. It is also where they celebrated their private wedding reception in May 2018.
The residence was a wedding gift from Queen Elizabeth to Prince Harry and Meghan. It has ten bedrooms, a gym, a nursery for the baby they are expecting next spring, and a yoga studio which is ideal for Meghan's mother Doria who is a yoga instructor.
Frogmore is inside the Windsor security zone. It is described as secluded, peaceful, tranquil and private where the royal can come and go without their family being photographed. The cottage is located on 35-acre Windsor Castle Home Park estate. Queen Elizabeth spends most weekends there.
Kensington Palace is open to the public all year long while Frogmore Cottage is open to the public only three times a year.
Some people contend that the couple is moving because there is tension between them and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. There is no official report to confirm that claim. The brothers are not going separate ways, and there is no tension between their wives.
Prince William and Prince Harry will continue to have their offices at Kensington Palace. The Kensington Cottage will still belong to Prince Harry and Meghan even though they are moving to Frogmore for more privacy and more space.
The royal couple is moving for several other reasons that do not include any tension at all.
Valid Reasons for Moving
Prince Harry said he wants to get away from the goldfish bowl of royal life for the sake of his marriage and his unborn child. Frogmore Cottage will enable the children of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to have more privacy than they would have if they stayed at Kensington Palace.
The royal couple has been getting away and going there from time to time to get out of the spotlight and away from the noise of London and from the paparazzi. Beginning in the new year, Frogmore will be their residence, and it will be their baby's first home.
A source reported that Prince Harry will continue to keep his office at Kensington Palace even though his living quarters will be a 25-mile commute from there.
To summarize, here are the valid reasons for the move to Frogmore Cottage:
- more space
- more privacy
- to make room for the new baby
- to have a place for Doria Ragland to stay
- sentimental memories of wedding day at Windsor
The royal couple is moving to a larger place to have space for Meghan's mother, Doria Ragland who reportedly will move to London in the near future.
Even though there are other options for the family to live, they decided on Frogmore for sentimental reasons. Both Harry and Meghan love the place. Also, St. George's Chapel is located at Windsor Castle where they wed on May 19, 2018.
The arrangement to live at Kensington Palace is more ideal for Prince William and Kate because William is much closer to the throne than his younger brother. Therefore, William must have a permanent base in the capital and Kensington Palace is probably the best option for him but not for Harry who is not a direct heir to the throne and is free to make other choices.
Actually, what Prince Harry is planning is the same as what Prince William did when he first got married. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge did not move into Kensington Palace right away. He and his family lived in Anmer Hall until after the births of Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
Prince Harry and Meghan might do the same thing later. For now, they are looking forward to moving to their peaceful and private residence.
Florence Ebanks Woodson on November 28, 2018:
I love and respect the Royal family, as I was born, and still live in a country under British Dependent rule.
Alexander James Guckenberger from Maryland, United States of America on November 27, 2018:
This is interesting.
Joke Sturk on November 27, 2018:
It is very good Prince Harry and Dutchess Meghan have their own space, privacy. Prince William and Dutchess Kate had also their own home and privacy in the beginning of their Family life. It is about their happiness and live their private life in this beautiful Frogmore Cottage. I wish Prince Harry and Dutchess Meghan a very happy life together with their first child in the beginning of 2019. They need it so much.
Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on November 27, 2018:
I read about this in the paper on Sunday. I'm sure they'll be very happy there. They make such a lovely couple.