Meghan Markle reveals why it was ‘bittersweet’ returning to Frogmore Cottage for Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

The Duchess returned to her former royal home during the summer...

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Meghan Markle has spoken about why it was 'bittersweet' returning to Frogmore Cottage during the summer for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

In the same interview with the Cut, where Meghan condemns the Royal Rota rules that William and Kate have to ‘play’ with Cambridge children, the Duchess speaks about her return to her former home Frogmore Cottage and also how the press ridiculed their $3.2 million (£2.4 million) renovations. 

Talking about how 'bittersweet' the press attention was when they lived at Frogmore cottage she also recalls the memories it evoked.

Meghan, who now lives in the $14 million Santa Barbara mansion with Prince Harry and her two children, Archie and Lilibet, recalled in the interview what it was like to return to her former home during the Queen's Jubilee.

“You go back and you open drawers and you’re like, Oh my gosh. This is what I was writing in my journal there? And here’s all my socks from this time?” she said in the interview.

She went on to tell the journalist how 'surreal' it was to walk back into the cottage, with memories there that she'd collected over the years. However, talking about how the press went to town after they spent $3.2 million (£2.4 million) of taxpayers' money on restorations to the house, she said, “It was bittersweet, you know? Knowing none of it had to be this way."

Megan and Harry moved there from their two-bed city pad, Nottingham Cottage, at Kensington Palace, to the countryside home, Frogmore Cottage, shortly before their son Archie was born in 2019.

The cottage, which is situated just in front of Frogmore House is a Grade-II listed building and while it has a rich royal history, it wasn't actually that grand before Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan made it their home. The original building underwent intensive restoration. Said to be worth $3.2 million (£2.4 million) they were overseen by the Duchess of Sussex.

According to sources Megan drafted the interior designer of the trendy Soho House, Vicky Charles, to help them with the decoration and design of their home interiors. 

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