Meghan and Harry asked Queen to ‘move in with her but she politely declined’
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Meghan and Harry are said to be eager to return to the UK for Christmas to spend time with their family. The couple are planning to return so that Archie, now 16 months old, can spend more time with the other royals after being apart since January. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex relocated to the US earlier this year and had intended to split their time between California and the UK before the coronavirus pandemic hit.
However, the two now hope they will be able to enjoy the festive period back home in Britain – despite likely being forced to isolate upon arrival.
A source told Us: “There’s a lot of tradition surrounding the holidays with his family, and they both have really loved that in the past.
“With the uncertainty of COVID, they have been taking it one day at a time and are hopeful that they can all go back together and spend it as a family.
“Time will tell if that will need to happen and if it could potentially impact what they do and when, but they are all eager to get back to spend time with Harry’s family and for Archie to see his great-grandmother and great-grandfather.”
If the family of three decides to return to the UK, they will most likely spend their time at Frogmore Cottage – their UK residence.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have recently paid back the £2.4million of taxpayers’ money used to renovate the property.
While the cottage boasts four bedrooms and a nursery, it was never the couple’s first choice.
According to unearthed reports, Meghan and Harry originally had their hearts set on Windsor Castle, less than a 10-minute drive away, and are believed to have asked the Queen if living quarters could be made available after their marriage.
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According to the Sunday Times, the Queen politely but firmly declined – instead offering up Frogmore Cottage on the Windsor estate.
The Queen spends most of her weekends in Windsor and is in official residence there over Easter and in June.
With about 1,000 rooms, including private and state apartments, it is the largest inhabited palace in the world.
Hugo Vickers, a royal author and a deputy lord lieutenant of Berkshire, said: “There are empty bedrooms and suites in the private apartments which the Sussexes may have had their eye on, or perhaps some former living quarters in the castle grounds converted into other things.
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“But I can see how it might not be entirely appropriate to have a young family living there.”
Royal aides explained Windsor is “a special place” for Harry and Meghan.
They held a christening at the castle for Archie and were married in St George’s Chapel.
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