Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have officially been booted from the royal family’s Frogmore Cottage. The couple first took residence at Frogmore Cottage in 2019 before the birth of their first child, Archie. Following relentless criticism from the tabloid press, Prince Harry and Markle made the move to California and stepped back from their positions as working members of the royal family. Despite their departure from royal duties, they still held onto Frogmore Cottage as their UK residence—until now.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex “have been requested to vacate their residence at Frogmore Cottage,” a spokesperson for Archewell Foundation, the couple’s philanthropic organization, said in a statement, per People.
Frogmore Cottage is a 10-bedroom estate built in 1801 on the grounds of Windsor Palace. As property of the Crown Estate, Frogmore Cottage is owned by the monarch, though the late Queen Elizabeth insisted Prince Harry and Meghan Markle call it home. Following their 2020 move to California, the couple opened their home at Frogmore Cottage to Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank following the arrival of their first child.
The sudden eviction of the Duke and Duchess is surprising, as the couple spent their daughter’s first birthday at Frogmore Cottage last year. Allegedly, King Charles III intends to move his brother, Prince Andrew, out of Windsor Mansion and into Frogmore Cottage. The eviction will leave Prince Harry and Markle with no residence in the United Kingdom. No official statement has been made by the couple, but the sudden shift in ownership is sure to cause a stir.
Thankfully, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have a permanent home in Montecito, California (though the house you see in the Netflix documentary Harry & Meghan isn’t actually their home). The life they built for themselves seems peaceful and idyllic. Since stepping away from their royal duties, Markle and Prince Harry have planted roots in California and are focused on what matters most: family.