The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been asked to “vacate” their UK home just weeks after Harry’s damning book Spare was released, the couple have confirmed.
Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex’s spokesperson said a “request” had been made for the Sussexes to give up Frogmore Cottage, near Windsor Castle. Buckingham Palace has declined to comment.
Reports have claimed the move was sanctioned by the King. It will remove Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex’s remaining foothold in the UK and further weaken their position with the Royal Family.
A spokesperson for the Sussexes said: “We can confirm the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been requested to vacate their residence at Frogmore Cottage.”
Who owns Frogmore Cottage?
Frogmore Cottage is owned by the Crown Estate – a collection of lands and holdings in the UK belonging to the reigning British monarch.
It was gifted to Harry by the late Queen Elizabeth II and was the primary residence he shared with the Duchess of Sussex from 2019 until they moved to California in March 2020.
The cottage is a Grade II listed two-storey, stucco-faced house sitting in the north of the Frogmore Estate on the Windsor Estate.
The estate is the site of Frogmore House, a beautiful 17th-century manor that has been a royal residence since 1792. It was where Harry and Meghan had their evening reception after their wedding in May 2018.
In 2019, royal accounts revealed that Meghan and Harry paid £2.4m to cover the refurbishment and rental of Frogmore Cottage.
The couple faced a public backlash when the cost of refurbishing the home initially fell to the taxpayer.
The bill included structural work, rewiring and flooring, among other costs.
Frogmore House was built from 1680 to 1684 by Charles II’s architect, Hugh May, on the estates of Great and Little Frogmore, which were bought by Henry VIII in the 16th century and let to various tenants.
The name comes from the high number of frogs which live in the low-lying marshy area, which is set within a long sweeping curve of the River Thames.
The lease passed through many hands until 1792 when Queen Charlotte, wife of George III, purchased it to use the house as a country retreat for her and her daughters.
It later became the home of the Duchess of Kent, Queen Victoria’s mother, who is laid to rest in a mausoleum in the grounds.
The grounds also include the Mausoleum of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, and the Royal Burial Ground where Harry’s great great uncle, the abdicated King Edward VIII, is buried with his wife, Wallis Simpson, later Duchess of Windsor.
Why have Harry and Meghan been asked to leave?
Buckingham Palace has not commented on the matter, but the “eviction” comes just weeks after Prince Harry’s controversial book, Spare, was published.
The book was highly critical the monarchy and individuals within the institution, including accusations that Harry’s brother, the Prince of Wales, physically attacked him, and that Charles put his own interests above Harry’s and was jealous of Meghan.
Harry’s cousin, Princess Eugenie, and her family are currently thought to be staying at the property.
The Sun first reported Charles was evicting Harry and Meghan from Frogmore Cottage, and claimed it had been offered to Prince Andrew.
But with the property being substantially smaller than Andrew’s Royal Lodge home. which he shares with ex-wife Sarah, Duchess of York, a move is unlikely.