Monday 21 October 2019

Britain's Queen Elizabeth gifts Prince Harry and Meghan Markle palatial 'cottage': here's why it's so special

York Cottage, inset is Meghan Markle and Prince Harry
York Cottage, inset is Meghan Markle and Prince Harry
Meghan Markle applauds Queen Elizabeth II as she takes the stage at the Royal Albert Hall in London for a star-studded concert to celebrate the Queen's 92nd birthday. Photo: Andrew Parsons/Sunday Times/PA Wire
Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend a special concert "The Queen's Birthday Party" to celebrate the 92nd birthday of Britain's Queen Elizabeth at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Photo: John Stillwell/Pool via Reuters
The Duke of Cambridge, Lady Louise Windsor, the Princess Royal, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle take their seats at the Royal Albert Hall in London to attend a star-studded concert to celebrate the Queen's 92nd birthday. Photo: John Stillwell/PA Wire
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive for a reception with delegates from the Commonwealth Youth Forum at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, London, during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Photo Yui Mok/PA Wire
(L-R) Britain's Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, US actress Meghan Markle, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend a Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey in central London, on March 12, 2018
(L-R) Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, US actress Meghan Markle and her fiancee Britain's Prince Harry attend a Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey in central London, on March 12, 2018 GROVER/AFP/Getty Images
US actress and fiancee of Britain's Prince Harry Meghan Markle (2R) and Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, (L) curtsey flanked by Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (2L), and Britain's Prince Harry (2R) who bow as they see off Britain's Queen Elizabeth II leaving after the Royal Family's traditional Christmas Day church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk, eastern England, on December 25, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Adrian DENNISADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, (L) and Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, (2L), US actress and fiancee of Britain's Prince Harry Meghan Markle (2R) and Britain's Prince Harry (R) stand together in front of other members of the family as they wait to see off Britain's Queen Elizabeth II after attending the Royal Family's traditional Christmas Day church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk, eastern England, on December 25, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Adrian DENNISADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images
Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on December 25, 2017 in King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Harry looks at the Webb Ellis Cup on a plinth during a reception to mark the Rugby World Cup 2015 at Buckingham Palace on October 12, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Anthony Devlin -WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Harry attend at the annual Chelsea Flower show at Royal Hospital Chelsea on May 18, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Simmonds - WPA Pool / Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive for a special concert "The Queen's Birthday Party" to celebrate the 92nd birthday of Britain's Queen Elizabeth at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Photo: John Stillwell/PoolÊviaÊReuters
HRH Prince Harry, Laughs next to HM Queen Elizabeth II as they look out from the balcony of Buckingham Palace after the Trooping the Colour ceremony on June 13, 2009 in London, England.
Prince Harry chats to Queen Elizabeth II on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during the annual Trooping the Colour Ceremony on June 15, 2013 in London, England.

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Well, that's their something old sorted!

Like most newlyweds, Prince harry and Meghan Markle and due for a bit of a windfall after their wedding. For most of us, this might be in the form of a DeLonghi toaster and kettle set of Waterford Crystal champagne glasses, but for these royals, it's a palatial estate nestled among nearly 20,000 acres of land on the grounds of Sandringham.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth, Harry's grandmother, "has a habit of giving property" to young royals after they wed and famously gifted Kate Middleton and Prince William their  10-bedroom home, Amner Hall in Norfolk. It's where they spent some of their happiest early years before their inevitable careers as full-time royals.

Harry and his bride-to-be are reportedly set to inherit York Cottage, previously named 'Bachelor's Cottage' because of its influx of male guests, but which has since been restored to its former glory thanks to his grandfather Prince Philip.

Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, (L) and Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, (2L), US actress and fiancee of Britain's Prince Harry Meghan Markle (2R) and Britain's Prince Harry (R) stand together in front of other members of the family as they wait to see off Britain's Queen Elizabeth II after attending the Royal Family's traditional Christmas Day church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk, eastern England, on December 25, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Adrian DENNISADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, (L) and Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, (2L), US actress and fiancee of Britain's Prince Harry Meghan Markle (2R) and Britain's Prince Harry (R) stand together in front of other members of the family as they wait to see off Britain's Queen Elizabeth II after attending the Royal Family's traditional Christmas Day church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk, eastern England, on December 25, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Adrian DENNISADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images

"So there's every chance that Harry and Meghan might find themselves the proud owners of a nice property outside of London," royal expert Duncan Larcombe told Cosmopolitan UK.

The couple are currently residing in the two-bedroomed Nottingham Cottage on the grounds of Kensington Palace, which will likely remain their main residence until they have children, but it's customary to receive a property in the country as well.

The home was once the preference of Queen Elizabeth's grandparents King George V and Queen Mary.

In 2013, the Telegraph described the property as "a monument to the eccentricity of the family who lived there", which is code for "ugly".

HRH Prince Harry, Laughs next to HM Queen Elizabeth II as they look out from the balcony of Buckingham Palace after the Trooping the Colour ceremony on June 13, 2009 in London, England.
HRH Prince Harry, Laughs next to HM Queen Elizabeth II as they look out from the balcony of Buckingham Palace after the Trooping the Colour ceremony on June 13, 2009 in London, England.

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