Meghan Markle and Prince Harry put a request to the Queen about their living arrangements after their wedding, but the Monarch had a very specific reason for turning them down. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry ‘s Royal Wedding was a stunning historical occasion enjoyed by people around the world.
The Queen and the rest of the Royal Family looked in their element as they celebrated with the happy couple at Windsor Castle. But according to a report it was a very different story shortly afterwards, and the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex faced disappointment when the Monarch rejected a request they made about their home.
According to the Sunday Times , the couple asked the Queen if they could live at Windsor Castle. The report, written by Rosa Nikkah states: “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.”
But Harry’s granny said no and gave them Frogmore Cottage instead, which they have since spent an astounding £2.4million of taxpayers’ money refurbishing. Hugo Vickers told the Express why the Queen may have decided to deny their request, saying it might not have been “entirely appropriate”.
He writes: “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.” When they were dating Meghan moved into Prince Harry’s small two-bedroom cottage at Kensington Palace, which is just a few doors up from the Cambridge family.
However shortly before the birth of Archie Harrison the couple moved into their new home, later than expected due to delays with the renovation work. List most things royal, most of the details about their new home have been kept secret – but there are a few things we do know.
The couple enlisted the help of designer Vicky Charles, who is behind the decor at their favourite hangouts Soho House, to turn the building into their dream home.It’s understood to be filled with all the latest tech and it’s likely that they are able to control many different things from their phones.
A source told royal expert Katie Nicholl : “They are going all out with the refurbishment of the house, and as Harry loves his gadgets, it’s going to be very cool. “They’ll be able to control everything from their smart phones.” It’s understood that one the couple are also had a £50,000 eco boiler installed, which means they will have access to hot water at all times. Frogmore Cottage is just 200 metres from the Long Walk – which is open to the public – so there is obviously a lot of security, which is also funded by the taxpayer.
Other entrances to the grounds are further from their new home – some just 500 metres away – but are further from open scrutiny, leading to fears they could be easily accessed. It’s likely that they will have built a separate annex for their Private Protection Officers who will guard them 24 hours a day. A source close to the operation say planners have also discussed including as state of the art panic room.
Speaking before the move Ken Wharfe, former royal protection officer to Princess of Wales and the royal family, said: “The costs of building and security arrangements could even balloon to £5million in the first year. “There will have to be major reviews of the security surrounding that property because it is exposed on virtually every side.
“Whatever happens it will be a dramatic rise to the taxpayer which could have been avoided had they decided to stay at Kensington Palace.”
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