When Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their engagement on November 27th, 2018, Royal fans were thrilled to see the adored prince so in love. For decades, fans have held a special place in their heart for Prince Harry, and to see him finally find the one was a joy to millions.
A lot has happened in the last year; Harry and Meghan announced their engagement and graced fans with an hour-long interview, Meghan officially became a member of The Royal Foundation, they were minted the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, they went on a 16-day tour to four countries, and they announced they were expecting their first pregnancy.
Fans were thrilled to hear that Harry and Meghan were expecting their first child, and they were even more thrilled at the thought of brothers, William and Harry, raising their families together at Kensington Palace (It was rumored that Harry and Meghan would be moving into a newly renovated wing of Kensington).
Harry and Meghan have given their fans so much to be excited for, but on November 24th, 2018- nearly one year before their engagement-anniversary, Kensington Palace made a shocking announcement- Prince Harry and Meghan would not be moving into the remodeled wing of Kensington but instead would move to Windsor Castle’s Frogmore Cottage.
When the Kensington Palace twitter page officially released the news, royal fans- and critics- went into utter hysteria. Was the Fab Four, William and Kate and Harry and Meghan, over? For months, there had been rumors swirling that there was drama between Meghan and Kate Middleton, so when the announcement was made that Harry and Meghan were opting out of moving into Kensington, the talk for their Royal wives reached a new high.
Finally, after several media outlets feasted not he Royal change of plans, Royal commentator, Emily Andrews, revealed that the full story, stating that “the Queen has given them Frogmore Cottage in Windsor. It’s within the private Home Park and faces the beautiful grounds of Frogmore House. It’s where they had their private evening wedding party & where their gorgeous engagement pictures were shot." Andrews also points out that "The 20-room Apartment 1 at Kensington Palace, next door to William & Kate’s apartment at 1a, will become available next year as the Duke & Duchess of Gloucester is moving to a smaller part of KP. But Harry & Meghan have chosen not to move there."
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While Emily attempted to put the nasty rumors and hopes to separate from Will and Kate to rest, it appears that she only stirred the pot even more. Fans to too social media where they chose to focus on the last section of Emily’s comment: “But Harry & Meghan have chosen not to move there.”
Just four days later, PEOPLE released a story revealing the move was not a random decision nor a simply accepted gift from the Queen. Royal biographer, Ingrid Seward, revealed that Prince Harry had kept a sincere desire to separate from Kensington for a while now.
Ingrid shared, “Harry feels very imprisoned at Kensington Palace.” Ingrid added that Harry has confided his desire to leave in his friends. She concluded, “He can’t wait to get out.”
While that may be the case, it’s difficult to know for sure. Other factors may play a significant role in Harry and Meghan’s decision to move- one being that William is the heir to the throne while Harry is removed at least by three other royals (Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis). It is imperative for William to remain in London while Harry has much more freedom to have a life outside of his Royal duties.
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