Published On: Mon, Aug 26th, 2019

Prince Harry heartbroken: How the Queen rejected Harry’s one wish after wedding to Meghan | Royal | News

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle married in May last year and welcomed son Archie Harrison into the world just under a year later. The couple has since settled into family life at Frogmore Cottage, where they spent millions of taxpayers’ money renovating the royal residence. However, Harry had reportedly hoped for a different estate as their home – something the Queen firmly rejected.

According to the Sunday Times the Duke and Duchess of Sussex initially wanted to live at Windsor Castle with Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip.

The report, written by Rosa Nikkah reads: “The couple are understood to have set their hearts at first on Windsor Castle, and are believed to have asked the Queen if living quarters could be made available after their marriage.”

However, the newlyweds’ request was turned down by the Queen, who instead gifted them the Windsor-based Frogmore Cottage.

Royal author Hugo Vickers explained why the Queen might have done this.

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He said: “There are empty bedrooms and suites in the private apartments within Windsor Castle 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.”

But although Meghan and Harry were not able to live at the castle, the town of Windsor has proven to be a place of deep significance to them.

A statement released by Kensington Palace ahead of the Sussexes’ 2018 wedding 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.”

Frogmore Cottage, which is on the grounds of Windsor Castle, has since been turned into the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’ dream home.

Earlier this year, royal accounts showed the Duke and Duchess of Sussex spent £2.4m of taxpayers’ money renovating the place.

Although Meghan and Harry paid for some of the fittings themselves, the cost of replacing ceiling beams, floor joists, heating, gas, electrical systems and re-plumbing was met by the public purse.

Royal aide Sir Michael Stevens, keeper of the privy purse, said: “The property had not been the subject of work for some years and had already been earmarked for renovation in line with our responsibility to maintain the condition of the occupied royal palaces estate.

“The building was returned to a single residence and outdated infrastructure was replaced to guarantee the long-term future of the property.”

He added Harry and Meghan had paid for “substantially all fixtures and fittings”.

After the couple’s wedding last year, Meghan and Harry lived in the two-bedroom Nottingham Cottage, in the grounds of Kensington Palace.

The couple moved to Windsor ahead of the birth of Archie, who was born on May 6.

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