The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have now moved out of Kensington Palace.
Frogmore Cottage will be the home to which the couple will welcome their first child. The house, which underwent a $3-million conversion from multiple staff apartments, is now a five-bedroom house with a springy “floating floor” for yoga, a new nursery, and a custom kitchen.
“They’ll enjoy it much more in Windsor,” an insider tells People. “They feel claustrophobic in their place in Kensington Palace.”
Moving vans were spotted outside the cottage getting the new home ready.
The lifestyle switch from busy London to the newly decorated English/Californian-designed cottage set in acres of nature will be the perfect setting to raise their child and wander with the dogs.
Perhaps we will get glimpses of the new bookcases, updated staircases, and yoga room on Harry and Meghan’s new Instagram account in the near future!
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have moved out of their home in the Cotswolds as they prepare to make the move to Windsor.
They were leasing a home in the Great Tew Estate in Oxfordshire but have packed up their belongings and keeping their cottage at Kensington Palace for time being.
Final touches are going into the Grade II-listed Frogmore Cottage in Windsor, where Harry and Meghan are expected to move before their first child is due in late April/early May, including $65,000 worth of soundproofing.
The home falls under the flight path of Heathrow Airport, the world’s busiest two-runway airport, and while many people who live near an airport say you grow accustomed to the noise, the triple-glazed windows also help prevent heat loss as the couple tries to make their family home eco-friendly.
Around 14 flights pass within 1.6 km of the home every 30 minutes. During their wedding in May 2018, flights were delayed as the couple wed next door at Windsor Castle.
Frogmore Cottage is eight kilometres from Heathrow and sees 1300 passenger flights a day.
A source told the Mirror, “Since the ’70s, just staff on the Windsor estate have lived there. Aircraft noise has always been a growing problem. I doubt they’ll spend much time in the garden with all that aircraft noise.”
A $66,000 green-energy unit is also reported to be installed. It will supply electricity, heat, and hot water to the five-bedroom home. Interior walls have been knocked down to create the five bedrooms with ensuites. A large kitchen/diner space for foodie Meghan was also on the list of renos.
The cottage was a gift from Queen Elizabeth; renovations will be covered by the Sovereign Grant. However, the soundproofing is expected to come out of the royal couple’s personal finances.
The duke and duchess will move out of their two-bedroom cottage at Kensington Palace before the birth of Baby Sussex but are expected to have an apartment at Buckingham Palace in the future as that is where their offices will be located.