Published On: Tue, Aug 27th, 2019

Meghan Markle and Harry’s desire to move in with Queen ‘wasn’t appropriate’ | Royal | News

Queen Elizabeth II refused to free up the living quarters at the historic Windsor Castle, a royal correspondent had previously claimed. The Times’ Roya Nikkhah claimed the couple “set their hearts” on the castle, but didn’t provide any reason why the monarch turned down their request. 

However, one royal author found a reason why the Queen may not have caved in.

Hugo Vickers told The Times: “There are empty bedrooms and suites in the private apartments which the Sussexes may have had their eye on, or perhaps some former living quarters in the castle grounds converted into other things.

“But I can see how it might not be entirely appropriate to have a young family living there.”

Following the refusal of the Queen, Prince Harry and Meghan decided to settle for another home in Windsor, Frogmore Cottage. 

The five-bedroom cottage is only a 10-minute drive to Windsor Castle, and was given an extensive makeover to welcome the Sussexes and their newborn, Archie Harrison Mountbatten Windsor.

Windsor holds a “special place” in the hearts of Meghan and Harry, as revealed by Kensington Palace in a statement released ahead of their wedding.

It read: “As with all members of the Royal Family, Windsor is a very special place for Prince Harry and he and Ms Markle have regularly spent time there over the last year and a half. 

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“Prince Harry and Ms Markle are delighted that the beautiful grounds of Windsor Castle will be where they begin their lives together as a married couple.”

Meghan and Harry have lived there some of the most important events of their lives as a couple.

On May 19 last year, Meghan and Harry were married at St George’s Chapel, on the grounds of the castle. 


On May 8 this year, two days after the birth of little Archie, the pair introduced their baby to the world with a photocall held in St George’s Hall, which had been extensively ruined by the terrible fire that engulfed the castle in 1992.

Two months later, little Archie was christened in the chapel where his parents were married.

Meghan and Harry spent their engagement months and first months as a married couple at Nottingham Cottage, on the grounds of Kensington Palace.

But in November, the palace announced the pair would soon move to Frogmore Cottage.  

Following renovation works worth £2.3m, the pair moved into the cottage in March, just a few weeks before the birth of Archie.

But now the family-of-three may be ready to move abroad, according to several reports, with some claiming the Sussexes may be moving to an African country for a couple of years and others saying Meghan and Harry want to buy a house in LA to stay close to her mother Doria Ragland.

Royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams told “It has been clear for months that they feel restricted by conventional royal life. 

“The Sussex Brand has unique global reach, their aim undoubtedly is to champion various causes, for Harry Sentebale and Invictus, for Meghan female empowerment and diversity, for them both mental health together with the Cambridges.

“There is vast global interest in them, their contacts with top celebrities are amazing, they have a marvellous way of working the crowds at home and abroad, Meghan has a huge influence on fashion and the fascination with Archie is endless.

“This leads inevitably to the reports that they might spend an extended time abroad, possibly in their roles with the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust or even in the USA.”    

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