Although it's been announced that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will soon be moving to a new Windsor home, their first martial home is based at Kensington Palace - Nottingham Cottage.
Following the pair’s engagement in November 2017, Meghan moved in to Harry’s former bachelor pad in the palace grounds, which he’s lived in for a number of years now.
Where does Prince Harry live?
After their engagement, the pair set up home together at Nottingham Cottage, one of the many apartments within the grounds of Kensington Palace. It’s thought to be one of the smallest residences within the palace grounds, but certainly isn’t one to be sniffed at.
Meghan was no stranger to the property when she moved in, having stayed there numerous times when visiting Harry while in London. In fact, it’s where the prince proposed while the couple were ‘trying to roast a chicken’.
Inside Nottingham Cottage
The cute, cosy cottage is thought to have two bedrooms and a small garden. It also houses a kitchen, small living room, and bathroom – making it the perfect starter home for the couple.
And now, one of her close friends has revealed that she has an adorable guest room set-up, for when her loved ones visit her royal abode.
In a recent interview with People magazine, an unnamed close pal of the Duchess revealed that Meghan had set up a candle, robe and slippers in the second bedroom for her.
She revealed, “We had a couple of days together recently. Her husband was out of town on work. In the room she made up for me, there was a candle lit by the bed, slippers and a robe. We were the only two in the house. It was our time.”
The friend continued, revealing that behind the glitzy events and newspaper headlines, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex actually enjoy a very normal life together – with Meghan cooking for her and her husband every day.
Giving an insight into the home, they said, “We’ve all been to their cottage. It’s small and she’s made it cosy, but the perception of their lifestyle and the reality are two different things. Meg cooks for herself and Harry every single day.”
“She made the most lovely meals. She made tea every day. It was raining and muddy outside, so the dogs got all dirty, and she’s wiping them off with towels. How much she loves her animals, how much she loves her friends, how much she loves feeding you, taking care of you – none of that has changed.”
Although small, Harry and Meghan’s residence reportedly boasts impressive reception rooms, designed by none other than Sir Christopher Wren, who was one of Britain’s most highly-acclaimed architects.
Meghan’s redesign of Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace
So how might Meghan have put her stamp on the humble abode? Judging from the former actress’s Instagram page, we predict that she’ll have created a neutral, but comfy, cosy vibe for her new home.
Pictures of her Toronto home on her social media show a relaxed, bohemian décor, with plenty of comfy blankets, cream furniture, and an abundance of flowers.
In fact, it’s likely that Prince Harry is treated to a fresh bouquet of Meghan’s favourite, peonies, every week now that the pair live together. Lucky boy!
The former actress is also said to love Diqtyque candles, Jo Malone scents, and impressive art. Sounds like it would be a very beautiful home!
And it seems that Meghan also favours a sleek, minimalist design in the kitchen too, having previously shared a picture of her all-white, monochrome kitchen.
Where else do Harry and Meghan have property?
The royal couple also hold a lease on an impressive home in the Cotswolds, on the Great Tew Estate, close to one of Meghan’s favourite hotels Soho Farmhouse.
The £2.5 million farmhouse, with a separate cottage for staff, is said to be the place Meghan and Harry retreat to whenever possible, to get away from the media glare in London.
Where are Harry and Meghan moving to?
Kensington Palace recently confirmed that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex would be moving to Windsor, to make a permanent home at Frogmore Cottage, on the grounds of the Queen’s Windsor Estate.
ITV royal reporter Chris Ship revealed that the pair are planning to move into their new house in March, weeks before the birth of their first baby at the end of April/beginning of May.
So while they’ll soon be leaving Nottingham Cottage behind, their first marital home, we’re sure they’ll be back to visit when they have official engagements in the capital.