FROGMORE Cottage became famous as Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, baby Archie's stunning home in the grounds of Windsor Castle.
But after the family relocated to California as Harry gave up his HRH title, do they still live in the £2.4million cottage?
When did Harry and Meghan move in to Frogmore Cottage?
Harry, 34, and Meghan, 37, moved into their new home in April 2019, a month before baby Archie Harrison was born and after extensive renovations were completed.
Their five-bedroom property — a gift from the Queen — was said to have required a “substantial overhaul” before they were able to move in, including new heating, wiring and utilities.
Frogmore Cottage is situated in the Frogmore Estate, boasting 33 acres of private gardens within the Home Park, adjoining Windsor Castle in Berkshire.
It was there in the adjoining grounds of Windsor Castle that the pair married on May 19, 2018, at St George's Chapel, followed by their reception in Frogmore House's grounds.
£300,000 was spent erecting a huge glass marquee for the occasion.
In recent years, the estate has been used for other royal functions, including the wedding reception after the Queen's grandson Peter Phillips, 40, wed Autumn Kelly in May 2008.
When was the cottage renovated?
The subsequent refurb of the cottage cost taxpayers a whopping £2.4million and was completed in April 2019.
But the couple agreed to pay back the money for the refurbishment when they moved to the US and gave up their royal titles.
According to reports, the couple have now paid the public debt back – and commented they were "very relieved and very pleased".
Following the extensive renovations, the residence now boasts a designer kitchen and a refitted bathroom.
The main renovation took around six months but some work is still outstanding, such as repainting the exterior and landscaping the grounds.
Palace sources said that cost will not be revealed as it is “part of a five-year repainting and repair programme”.
Neighbours of the royals were given a list of "do and don't commandments" at a residents' meeting.
Locals were told:
- Don't approach or instigate conversation if you see the couple
- Do say 'Good Morning' or some other pleasantry if they speak to you
- Don't pet or stroke their dogs, even if they come over to you
- Don't offer to walk their dogs
- Don't ask to see baby Archie or offer to babysit
- Don't post anything through the letterbox of Frogmore Cottage
They include royal staff, officials who live in grace-and-favour houses and Crown Estate employees.
When are Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank moving in?
The property remains empty after Meghan and Harry left for LA with baby Archie.
Originally, the couple were said to be paying rent of £18,000 a month to keep the home if they returned to the UK.
But they now live in a £11m nine-bedroom and 16-bathroom mansion in upscale Montecito in Santa Barbara, California.
On November 20, 2020, it was reported that Harry and Meghan handed the keys to Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank.
The Sussexes' prized possessions were hauled out of Frogmore Cottage in the dead of night to make way for their new tenant.
Pregnant Eugenie, 30, and hubby Jack Brooksbank moved into the refurbished five-bed home in Windsor two weeks ago.
The secretive switch saw treasured items and furniture packed off to the Sussexes’ home in California.
Grade II-listed Frogmore technically remains the Sussexes’ UK residence but it is unlikely they will live there as a family again.
Why are Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank moving in?
Eugenie and Jack announced in September they are expecting their first child in the New Year.
The Princess and the Sussexes are said to have reached a private agreement but it is not known how long for.
Harry, 36, has always been close to his cousin, youngest daughter of Prince Andrew and ex-wife Sarah Ferguson. Andrew and Fergie live together four miles away at Royal Lodge, Windsor Great Park.
Eugenie and Jack are also less than a mile from Windsor Castle, where the Queen is spending lockdown with Prince Philip.
Eugenie, an associate art director, and Jack, a brand ambassador for Casamigos tequila, are understood to be working from home.
Royal aides would not disclose the terms of the agreement as it was a private arrangement between the couple and the Palace.
Buckingham Palace did not want to comment.
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