Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are more ready than ever to welcome the royal baby.
According to People, the couple has officially (and finally) relocated to the countryside and moved into their home at Frogmore Cottage. The news comes just one week after we learned their moving plans didn’t go as smoothly as hoped.
According to Vanity Fair, the Sussexes’ move was slightly delayed, which isn’t so surprising considering the renovations to the historic home cost upward of $3.9 million. The home received $50,000 in soundproofing (the home sits under the Heathrow airport flight paths) and music systems (Prince Harry wants to blast those lullabies, you guys) and a few changes to the original plan.
An official announcement was made last November that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will officially vacate their residence at Kensington Palace (where Prince William and Kate Middleton, along with Prince George, Princess Charlotte and little Louis all reside) and relocate to Frogmore House.
Located in Home Park, Windsor Castle, Frogmore House was given to the couple by Queen Elizabeth (thanks a mil, Gan-Gan!). It’s located about an hour outside London’s city center, and a 50-minute drive from the other half of the “Fab Four” and their 20-room (!!) apartment at Kensington Palace.
A little Frogmore House history: The ten-bedroom home is surrounded by lush grounds and has been a royal residence for more than 300 years. It’s where Harry and Meghan took their official engagement portraits one year ago. It also happens to be the same location where the Duke and Duchess of Sussex held their second private wedding reception. Since 1928, the estate serves as the burial ground for most members of the royal family (minus actual kings and queens). The perfect recipe for a royal ghost story? We think so.
Frogmore House underwent a multimillion dollar renovation (including a nursery, personal gym and yoga studio—an activity Meghan and her yoga teacher mom, Doria, are very fond of) to prep for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex (and upcoming addition), according to The Sun.
“Windsor is a very special place for Their Royal Highnesses and they are grateful that their official residence will be on the estate,” the statement from Kensington reads.
Does the move come amidst familial drama? Most likely, no. A few weeks ago, the palace announced that Will and Kate and Harry and Meghan would be splitting up courts, meaning they’ll have separate offices to coordinate their respective royal appearances and events. The Sussexes' will now have an office in Buckingham Palace instead of Kensington.
Along with the split, this move makes sense. Meghan and Harry’s previous accommodations at Kensington Palace, Nottingham Cottage, was a cozy two-bedroom apartment. As their family grows, a bigger residence is needed, and a bit of breathing room between the two couples is only natural.
So, tea and crumpets (and all the hot goss) at Frogmore? We’ll look out for the invite, Megs.
Additional reporting by Greta Heggeness.