Saturday, 30 May 2020

Meghan Markle baby: How Frogmore Cottage is GROWING with royal baby arrival

Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor is less than two weeks old but Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are busy making plans for their growing royal boy. The doting parents want to build an action playground for little Archie at Frogmore Cottage, so that he “grows-up outdoorsy”, royal sources have claimed. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex wish to raise their son away from the royal spotlight and their tree-lined Windsor home is a world apart from the Kensington bubble.

A source close to the pair said they plan to raise Archie as a “private citizen” and decided not to give him an official title.

Frogmore Cottage was gifted to Meghan and Prince Harry by Queen Elizabeth II and underwent a £3 million renovation before they moved in April.

The home is just moments away from Windsor Castle’s St George’s Chapel where Meghan and Harry had their royal wedding last spring.

Baby Archie Harrison to be raised away from royal spotlight

More trees are currently being planted around their home so Archie can grow up away from prying eyes.

But as well as extra trees some baby-friendly touches will be installed in the garden too.

A source told Mirror Online: “Frogmore Cottage will be the perfect place for a royal prince to grow up.

“It is the perfect countryside retreat for the couple and will allow them to live country life away from the hustle and bustle of London with their young prince.

“The Duchess has been very involved in the project and wanted the garden to include some baby-friendly features including a swing as well as several water features including a pond.

The source continued: “The Duchess feels that the garden should be a place for their first child Archie to play and experience the great outdoors as well as themselves.

“Living in the countryside, the Duchess feels that if Archie has a nice garden, then he will like the countryside much more as he grows up.

“Provision has been made inside but the outside is just as important.”

Plans for interior and exterior works to the home were approved by Royal Maidenhead and Windsor Borough Council in December.

The outdoor plans on the council’s planning page were described as “associated with landscaping” but classed as “sensitive information” without full details being disclosed.

Another royal wedding will take place on the Sussex’s doorstep this weekend.

Distant relative to the Queen, Lady Gabriella Windsor, 38, will walk down the aisle at St George’s Chapel on May 18.

She will tie the knot with long-term partner Thomas Kingston at a ceremony which will be attended by senior royals.

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