LONDON — Like many a couple before them, Prince Harry and his wife Meghan are moving to the suburbs ahead of the anticipated birth of their first child.
Officials said Saturday that Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, will move from Kensington Palace in central London to Frogmore Cottage, a house on the grounds of Windsor Castle, early next year.
The couple, who married in a chapel on the Windsor Castle grounds in May, is expecting their first child in the spring. Windsor is about 20 miles (32 kilometres) west of central London.
The palace statement said that "Windsor is a very special place for their royal highnesses and they are grateful that their official residence will be on the estate."
Windsor Castle is also one of Queen Elizabeth IIs favourite homes. It is surrounded by horse country where she used to ride frequently in her younger days, and she is known to prefer the castle and its environs to Buckingham Palace, her more formal official residence in central London.
Harry and Meghan have been living at Nottingham Cottage on the grounds of Kensington Palace since announcing their engagement last year. They will keep their office at Kensington Palace, which is also home to Prince William and his wife Kate.
The move means that William and Harry will no longer be living in close proximity to each other now that Harry is starting his own family.
Prince Charles has suggested Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will bend royal protocol by naming their forthcoming child something much more modern than is tradition.
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During his remarks at Australia House in London, the future King of London touched on his son and daughter-in-laws recent trip to the land down under, where he said they were offered “countless, thoughtful” ideas for their son or daughters name.
Duke and Duchess of Sussex will move out of Kensington Palace and into Windsor cottage
As Prince Charles put it, “Just between us… just between us, I suspect that Kylie and Shane may possibly make the short list. But ladies and gentlemen I would not hold your breath for Edna or Les.”
Having charmed overseas, it seemed surprising that Meghan ranks as the sixth most popular member of the royal family in a YouGov survey – behind husband Harry, the Queen, William and Kate and the Duke of Edinburgh.
For the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to pick a moniker without any significance to the British royal family would be quite extraordinary, especially given the historically rich meaning behind Prince William and Kate Middletons childrens names.
Prince George was named in honor of Queen Elizabeth IIs father, while Princess Charlottes full name (Charlotte Elizabeth Diana) is a nod to Prince Charles, the Queen and the late Princess Diana. Likewise, Prince Louis name has plenty of ties to royal relatives who came before him.
Prince Charles loose lips is far from the first time the newborns name has come up since Prince Harry and Meghan revealed their pregnancy in October.
In fact, the mom-to-be has also mentioned the “long list of names” she received from well-wishers on their trip to Australia. One in particular struck a chord with the beloved couple, according to 5-year-old Harriet, who met them in Melbourne.
But now with most of the royals married off, and another baby on the way — this Christmas, for the royal family, it might be more about giving the sentimental gifts rather than throwing shade. After all, Harrys come a long way from having a "make your own girlfriend." Now hes got the wife of his dreams that no joke Christmas gift could have built. It was a nice try though, Middleton.
“As soon as I introduced my daughter to Harry, he said, Thats a great name,” Harriets mom told reporters. “Maybe they will choose it for their own child, which would be fun.”