The stork is coming - and not to Kensington Palace! Prince Harry and Meghan are busy preparing to welcome their first child in the spring, and chief among their decisions was where they'll live with their little one. While many believed they'd make Apartment 1 their home base, right next to Prince William and Kate on the grounds of KP, the Sussexes have decided to head to set up shop at Frogmore Cottage in Windsor.
Instead the Queen has given them Frogmore Cottage in Windsor. It’s within the private Home Park and faces the beautiful grounds of Frogmore House. It’s where they had their private evening wedding party & where their gorgeous engagement pictures were shot. pic.twitter.com/uByYVm7pWC— Emily Andrews (@byEmilyAndrews) November 23, 2018
In a statement to HELLO!, the palace revealed the details of their decision. "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. The couple have lived at Nottingham Cottage since their engagement last year. 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."
It's believed that their large new home was a gift from the Queen, a definite upgrade from their two-bedroom cottage at Kensington Palace, and will provide plenty of opportunity for Meghan to nest before Baby Sussex arrives. But first, the prince and the former actress will undertake a major renovation to convert the ten-bedroom Frogmore Cottage, which is currently staff housing, into a proper family home.
It's no surprise that they've chosen to live in Windsor. Each day Prince Harry, 34, and Meghan, 37, will be reminded of so many special moments in their life together as the cottage faces the grounds of Frogmore House, where they took their stunning engagement photos and held their evening wedding reception.
The Royal Family's Windsor grounds are steeped in history. Frogmore House was a gift from George III to his wife, Queen Charlotte, and is open to the public for just three days each year. Harry's cousin, Peter Philips, and his Canadian wife Autumn also held their wedding reception at the house.
The Windsor estate also happens to be home to the mausoleum that is the final resting place of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, which has been undergoing restorations since June, as well as the burial grounds of King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson - the first American divorcee to marry a British royal.