Start packing up the royal moving van!
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are set to leave Kensington Palace in London for Windsor Castle’s Frogmore Cottage in a matter of weeks.
The couple will make the move in March, reports ITV, and the timing gives the royal parents-to-be a month or so to settle in before they welcome their first child. During the couple’s recent visit to the town of Birkenhead, the Duchess of Sussex told the crowd that she’s due in late April.
March is also when Meghan and Harry are ending their lease on their Cotswold country home, which has served as an escape (it’s about 100 miles west of London) and where they spend most weekends.
It was revealed in November that Harry, 34, and Meghan, 37, were making the move away from the palace. Windsor, located about 30 miles west of London, is a “special place” for the couple, their spokesman said, as it served as the setting for their wedding in May. Frogmore House, located near the couple’s cottage, was where their evening wedding party was held and where their engagement photos were taken.
The couple were overseeing renovations, as it was divided into five units as home to the palace staff. Their updated residence will feature a nursery and space for a personal gym and yoga studio — which Meghan has been known to be an avid fan of.
Located in the sprawling parkland of the estate, “it’s pretty dilapidated now,” veteran royals biographer Ingrid Seward, author of the recent book My Husband and I, previously told PEOPLE. The couple have already put in plans to freshen the landscaping.
Meghan and Harry have lived in Kensington Palace’s Nottingham Cottage since their engagement — but that two-bedroom home was never likely to be a long-term residence, especially once they had children.
William and Kate have their London home at Kensington Palace — at Apartment 1a, which has around 20 rooms. It had been suggested that Harry and Meghan might have the neighboring Apartment 1, but one of the Queen’s cousins currently lives there.
Long at home in the countryside, “Harry feels very imprisoned at Kensington Palace,” said Seward — and has told friends as much. “He can’t wait to get out.”
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Despite reports that Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, will be moving in when the royal couple head to their new home, sources tell PEOPLE that Doria, who is based in Los Angeles, will not be a live-in grandmother. Doria may have rooms set aside for her in the cottage, but she’s not making a permanent move there.
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