London – Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, have been asked to ‘vacate’ their UK home, Frogmore Cottage, given to them by the late Queen Elizabeth II, a porter has claimed. word of the couple’s Archewell organization. Wednesday. The statement came after an article in a British newspaper said King Charles III had asked them to give up the house and it was being offered to King Charles. disgraced brother, Prince Andrewwho “resists” settling in the royal residence, according to the tabloid.
Harry and Meghan, who have given up their full-time royal duties and now live in California with their two children, are arranging to move the rest of their belongings out of the cottage and have them shipped to the United States, The Sun said.
A spokesperson for Harry and Meghan’s Archewell organization said in a statement to CBS News on Wednesday: “We can confirm that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been asked to vacate their residence at Frogmore Cottage.”
Buckingham Palace has not commented on the story and generally does not talk about matters the Royal Family considers private.
Frogmore Cottage sits in the extensive grounds of Windsor Castle, the primary residence of British monarchs for hundreds of years, just west of London. Harry and Meghan renovated the cottage between 2018 and 2019 at a cost of around 2.4 million pounds (about $2.9 million). The makeover was initially paid for by British taxpayers through the Royal Family’s ‘Sovereign Grant’, but the cost was reimbursed by Prince Harry.
According to The Sun, after reimbursing the cost of the renovations, Harry struck a deal with his family to continue renting the house for “several years”.
After moving to live full-time in California, the couple still kept Frogmore Cottage as their UK residence. They celebrated their daughter Lilibet’s first birthday there last year and also used it when they came to attend Queen Elizabeth’s funeral.
But given the acrimony between the younger royals and Harry’s family, which would have been further strained by the publication of Harry’s revealing book “Spare” in January, they largely kept their distance.
In 2020, Harry’s cousin Princess Eugenie, Andrew’s daughter and her husband stayed at Frogmore Cottage, but the couple have since moved on.
Harry and Meghan received an eviction notice days after Harry’s book was released, The Sun said, and the Royal Family did not offer them an alternative residence in the UK.
Prince Andrew could lose his current home on the grounds of the Windsor Estate, which he shares with ex-wife Sarah Ferguson, as King Charles plans to cut his brother’s royal grant, which is actually an extra allowance 250,000 pounds a year, reports The Sun.
It remains unclear whether Harry and Meghan will be invited to King Charles’ coronation ceremony in May.