Prince Harry and Meghan were long believed to be moving into Apartment 1 at Kensington Palace, right next door to the Cambridge clan, but the couple surprised fans when they announced that they'd be moving to Windsor early next year and making Frogmore Cottage their first family home. And while some reports claim a rift between the brothers, it seems more likely that giving Baby Sussex the best possible life was the parents-to-be's top priority.
According to the Daily Mail, the 34-year-old prince had a very important reason for parting ways with his older brother and forging his own path: "Not to appease his wife, but because he wants to escape the goldfish bowl of royal life for the sake of his marriage and his unborn child." According to sources, the couple had a number of properties to choose from and, considering the exorbitant cost of renovations on the Kensington Palace space, they opted for Frogmore.
"The other reason is that Harry simply doesn't want to bring his family up in such a visible manner as his brother," royal correspondent Rebecca English explained. "And although the Cambridges do have a charming garden in which their three children can play, spaces for youngsters to run wild are severely limited." Prince George and Princess Charlotte are also often photographed by paparazzi while heading to school.
While future king Prince William has no choice but to make London his home - after enjoying a few years in the country at Anmer Hall with his young family - the sixth-in-line to the throne and his wife have the option of avoiding the limelight as much as possible. "Frogmore is just lovely and will be a beautiful place for the Sussexes to bring up their child," said a source. "It's not that far from London. He or she will still see plenty of their cousins. Harry and Meghan are incredibly happy and deservedly so."
When the palace originally revealed the news of the couple's move, the statement shared another reason they'd want to live there. "Windsor is a very special place for Their Royal Highnesses and they are grateful that their official residence will be on the estate." Their charming Grade-II cottage, which is currently undergoing a series of major renovations, has a view of Frogmore House, which saw the couple take their engagement photos as well as playing host their star-studded evening wedding reception. Beautiful memories, privacy and plenty of space to play? Sounds like the ultimate royal hat trick!