Wednesday 19 December 2018

'They don't want to live next door to Will and Kate' - Meghan and Harry moving to Windsor amid 'tensions'

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend a service marking the centenary of WW1 armistice at Westminster Abbey on November 11, 2018 in London, England
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend a service marking the centenary of WW1 armistice at Westminster Abbey on November 11, 2018 in London, England
(L-R) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge watch the RAF flypast on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, as members of the Royal Family attend events to mark the centenary of the RAF on July 10, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Chris Jackson/Getty Images) (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (L) Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (2L), Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex react during the wedding ceremony of Britain's Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on October 12, 2018. (Photo by Owen Humphreys / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read OWEN HUMPHREYS/AFP/Getty Images)
In this handout image provided by Clarence House, HRH Prince Charles Prince of Wales poses for an official portrait to mark his 70th Birthday in the gardens of Clarence House, with Their Royal Highnesses Camilla Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Willliam Duke of Cambridge, Catherine Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis, Prince Harry Duke of Sussex and Meghan Duchess of Sussex, on September 5, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson / Clarence House via Getty Images)
(L-R front row) Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend a ceremony to present a new Queen's Colour to the Royal Air Force (RAF) at Buckingham Palace in London on July 10, 2018 to mark its centenary
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are moving out from their Kensington Palace apartment as reported "tensions" are growing between Harry and his older brother Prince William.

On the outside, it's business as usual for the British royals, but behind the scenes is a flurry of activity as their father Prince Charles is taking a more central role preparing for his future as monarch, while William is being primed as second in line to the throne.

This leaves Harry, who has long been William and wife Kate Middleton's right hand man, in the position of finding his own way as he drops lower down the line of ascension. Since his wedding to Meghan Markle in May, it has been full steam ahead for the new royal power couple, who have already embarked on two state visits and are preparing for the arrival of their first child next spring.

It's also reported that they will be splitting their courts when the baby comes instead of the 'Fab Four' operating under the same Kensington Palace umbrella as they have for the last number of years.

(L-R front row) Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend a ceremony to present a new Queen's Colour to the Royal Air Force (RAF) at Buckingham Palace in London on July 10, 2018 to mark its centenary
(L-R front row) Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend a ceremony to present a new Queen's Colour to the Royal Air Force (RAF) at Buckingham Palace in London on July 10, 2018 to mark its centenary

Now it's reported that the couple are planning a move from their two-bedroom cottage at the palace in favour of Frogmore Cottage in Windsor, near where they exchanged vows earlier this year. It was decided they needed more space as their family expands but real estate within KP is at a premium - and long-standing residents like the Duke of Gloucester have no interest in moving after living there comfortably for so many years.

Another element is that they are said to want some physical distance between William and Kate and are considering having an entirely independent London space, which is in keeping with the general opinion that the pair want to raise their child as normal as possible.

"The initial plan was for Harry and Meghan to move out of their cottage in the grounds of Kensington Palace and into one of the main apartments," an insider told The Sun.

"But there has been a bit of tension between the brothers. Now Harry and Meghan don’t want to live next to William and Kate and want to strike out on their own."

Similarly, the Daily Mail reported earlier this week that they "don’t want to live next door to William and Catherine."

"They will soon have separate offices and separate lives, so it would make sense for them to live further afield," a source told the paper.

Meghan Markle at the women’s singles final at Wimbledon in London on Saturday. Photo: REUTERS/Toby Melville
Meghan Markle at the women’s singles final at Wimbledon in London on Saturday. Photo: REUTERS/Toby Melville

"There is no reason why their London home has to be at Kensington Palace. There are plenty of other options, including using their own money to buy their own place."

Kensington Palace press office confirmed the news on Friday, albeit minus the juicy gossip, in a statement saying: "The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will move to Frogmore Cottage on the Windsor Estate early next year as they prepare for the arrival of their first child.

"The couple have lived at Nottingham Cottage since their engagement last year."

Frogmore, a 10-bedroom estate, was a gift from Queen Elizabeth as real estate remains her preferred choice of present for royal newlyweds. It is undergoing extensive - and costly - renovations, which will be completed in time for the move.

"Windsor is a very special place for Their Royal Highnesses and they are grateful that their official residence will be on the estate," the statement added.

"The Duke and Duchess’s office will continue to be based at Kensington Palace."

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