Thursday, 4 Jun 2020

Meghan Markle news: Everything we know about Meghan and Harry’s new Frogmore Cottage

Meghan Markle is expected to give birth to her first child with Prince Harry later this month. The couple were delayed from moving out of Kensington Palace into their new home over the last few weeks as renovations were not complete. But now they will be able to settle into their new abode and prepare for the imminent arrival of the new member of their family.

Most details have been kept secret, but here is everything we know about Frogmore Cottage.

The couple, who will celebrate their first wedding anniversary next month, were given their new home as a gift from the Queen last year.

Kensington Palace described the cottage as a “very special place” for the couple.

They carried out £3million renovations on the Grade II listed building. 

As Harry and Meghan are both millionaires in their own right, they will be the ones who forked out for their renovation.

Any security changes they made, such as the introduction of a panic room, will be covered by the Sovereign Grant, which taxpayers pay for. 

The couple are likely to have a lot of security as the cottage is just 200 metres from the Long Walk, which is open to the public.

Ken Wharfe, former royal protection officer to Princess of Wales and the Royal Family, said before they moved: “The costs of building and security arrangements could even balloon to £5million in the first year. 

“There will have to be major reviews of the security surrounding that property because it is exposed on virtually every side. 

“Whatever happens it will be a dramatic rise to the taxpayer which could have been avoided had they decided to stay at Kensington Palace.”

Meanwhile, Meghan is also believed to have called in the help of Vicky Charles to help decorate.

She is the designer of Soho Farmhouse, where Meghan reportedly spent three days on her hen do.

Meghan and Harry are thought to have also picked a gender neutral design for the baby’s nursery, as well as vegan paints. 

Meghan chose neutral whites and greys when she chose the Organic and Natural Paint Co, according to the Sun. 

A source said: “Meghan has been looking long and hard at paints for the Sussex nursery.

“Rather than opt for fashionable Farrow and Ball paint in favoured shades such as Wevet, Peignoir and Pavilion Grey and Salmon, the Sussexes are much in favour of The Organic & Natural Paint Co’s Auro range for the nursery.”

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