It seems that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are over the royal spotlight! Just days after a spokesperson for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced Harry, 34, and Meghan, 37, will soon move from London’s Kensington Palace to Windsor Castle’s Frogmore Cottage, a new report has revealed the couple are relocating to ensure their first child doesn’t grow up in a “goldfish bowl.”
While rumors have recently swirled that Harry and Meg’s move might be due to a rift with Prince William and Kate Middleton, a source recently told the Daily Mail that the relocation is “because [Harry] wants to escape the goldfish bowl of royal life for the sake of his marriage and his unborn child.”
But doesn’t Kensington Palace have enough room for everyone to live there? According to the Daily Mail, Harry and Meghan were give “multiple” options for new homes including more space in the royal family’s London abode where William, 36, Kate, also 36, and their three children, Prince George, 5, Princess Charlotte, 3, and Prince Louis, 7 months, reside.
“It was only decided after they returned from their recent tour to Australia and the South Pacific that Frogmore was the preferred option and plans were quickly lodged with the council to bring it up to scratch. One reason given to me is the cost of the work that would be needed to bring [Kensington Palace’s] Apartment 1 up to scratch,” Daily Mail royal correspondent Rebecca English explained.
Harry and Meghan also reportedly prefer that Windsor Castle and Frogmore Cottage are more secluded from the public eye. “The other reason [for the move] is that Harry simply doesn’t want to bring his family up in such a visible manner as his brother,” English continued. “While many would be delighted at the idea of living in a palace, large swathes of it are actually open to the public all year round.”
“The Cambridges have their garden in the back, which is nice, but there is no real other space for children to play in,” a royal source revealed. “Frogmore, which is inside the Windsor security zone [where the main house is only open to the public for a couple of days a year] is secluded, peaceful, tranquil and, most importantly, private. No one will see them coming or going.”
The insider added that Harry and Meghan’s move really isn’t due to any bad blood — the brothers have simply “grown up.” The source explained, “The idea of the two of them as ‘the boys,’ the brothers doing everything together and living in each other’s pockets, has been pushed with good intentions, but hasn’t really existed for some time. The truth is that they have both just grown up. They are rare in that they live together and work together, but there has been a stepping back. They are still incredibly close, closer than most siblings, but now Harry has married and is about to become a father, so it’s a good time for him to be planning his own future. There is no acrimony.”
“The truth is that there simply isn’t enough room at Kensington Palace for them and I know they have been looking at Windsor as a possibility since before the wedding,” the insider continued. “Frogmore is just lovely and will be a beautiful place for the Sussexes to bring up their child. It’s not that far from London. He or she will still see plenty of their cousins. Harry and Meghan are incredibly happy and deservedly so.”
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