Frogmore ttage - Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's new home

Frogmore Cottage

Harry and Meghan have finally moved into Frogmore Cottage, a ten-bedroom house on the Windsor Estate, after months of extensive renovations. The surroundings are certainly dear to Harry and Meghan's hearts - their engagement photos were taken in the grounds of Frogmore House, the larger, grander house on the estate, and their evening wedding reception was also held there. That house, built in the seventeenth century, was once used as a country retreat by Queen Charlotte, and it was later occupied by various royals including Queen Victoria's mother, the Duchess of Kent; Princess Helena, the third daughter of Queen Victoria; and the future George V and Queen Mary.

Frogmore ttage - Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's new home

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The cottage Harry and Meghan occupy is a slightly less grand affair, but still very lovely indeed. It was built by Queen Charlotte for the use of her daughters at the beginning of the nineteenth century, and the young Henry James spent some time there with his family in the 1840s. The building is Grade-II-listed and has ten bedrooms, but was for some time used as accommodation for palace staff.

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Renovations of the cottage took months and include some very modern and unexpected changes. As well as a general refit to turn it into a five-bedroom property, and the addition of two orangeries to the house, the couple have added a vegetable garden and even a yoga studio. Meghan is an avid yoga fan, and her mother, Doria Ragland, teaches yoga in Los Angeles. A royal source told the Daily Mail, 'The duchess has a passion for cooking so it was suggested to include a small plot in the spacious garden where they can grow some of their own produce.' Soundproofing has been installed to tackle noise from planes going in and out of Heathrow, which reportedly cost £50,000 but has been paid for by Meghan and Harry themselves.

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The couple reportedly looked to the interiors mastermind behind Soho Farmhouse to decorate their home, opting for vegan and organic paint in the nursery. Vicky Charles of Charles & Co design studio is the woman who scooped the job. Charles spent 20 years as the Soho House, eventually leaving her role there as global head of design to open her own practice in 2016. And she’s no stranger to high-profile clients: Charles has worked with the Clooneys, the Beckhams, The Ned in London and Bon Appétit’s Test Kitchen. While we're sure never to get a glimpse of the interior, we imagine it's a far cry from the gilded affairs that are typical of royal residences.

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