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Royal Rumblings: Prince Harry and Meghan reportedly losing UK home

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex Photo: GI

*Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who gave up their full-time royal duties, and now live in California, United  States, with their children, are arranging to move other belongings out of the cottage, for shipping to the US

Gbenga Kayode | ConsumerConnect

Britain’s King Charles III has told Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, to give up their Frogmore Cottage home in the United Kingdom (UK).

Late Queen Elizabeth II had given the apartment to the royal family, according to The Sun, UK. It was learnt the home was reportedly offered to Charles’ disgraced brother Prince Andrew, who is “resisting” taking up residence in the royal abode.

Harry and Meghan, who gave up their full-time royal duties and now live in California, United  States (US), with their two children, are arranging to move the rest of their belongings out of the cottage, and have them shipped to the US.

Buckingham Palace offered no comment on the newspaper story, and generally does not speak about matters the royal family considers private, report noted.

Harry and Meghan’s Archewell organisation also contacted for comment from the couple on this matter had not offered any reply as of the time of filing the report, CBS News stated.

On the Frogmore Cottage

Frogmore Cottage sits on the sprawling grounds of Windsor Castle, the primary home of Britain’s monarchs for hundreds of years, just west of London.

Frogomore Cottage in the UK    Photo: Sydney Morning Herald

Frogmore Cottage ihas been described as a historic Grade II listed home on the Frogmore estate, which is part of Home Park in Windsor, England.

Built in 1801 at the direction of Queen Charlotte in the gardens near Frogmore House, Frogmore Cottage is part of the Crown Estate, the monarch’s public estate, a report said.

Harry and Meghan renovated the cottage between 2018 and 2019 at a cost of about 2.4 million pounds (about $2.9 million).

The makeover was initially paid for by UK taxpayers via the royal family’s “Sovereign Grant,” but the cost was repaid by Prince Harry, report said.

Subsequently, after paying back the cost of the renovations, Harry made a deal with his family to continue renting the home for “several years.”

However, after the couple relocated to live full-time in California, they still kept Frogmore Cottage as their UK residence.

They celebrated their daughter Lilibet’s first birthday there 2022, and also used it when they came to attend Queen Elizabeth’s funeral in the past year.

The existing acrimony between the young royals and Harry’s family, reportedly strained further by the publication of Harry’s tell-all book, entitled: “Spare”, January 2023, they have largely kept their distance.

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In 2020, Harry’s cousin Princess Eugenie, Andrew’s daughter, and her husband stayed at Frogmore Cottage, but the pair have since moved.

Hence, Harry and Meghan were given an eviction notice days after the release of Harry’s book, and they have not been offered an alternative residence by the royal family in the country.

Besides, Prince Andrew could reportedly lose his current home on the grounds of the Windsor estate, which he shares with his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson, because King Charles is planning on slashing his brother’s royal grant, which is effectively an allowance of more than £250,000 (Pounds) per year, The Sun report said.

Meanwhile, it remains unclear if Harry and Meghan will be invited to King Charles’ coronation ceremony May this year.

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