Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s May 19 wedding is fast approaching, and speculation regarding the couple’s lives is only growing in intensity. One such detail intriguing fans is where the newlyweds will live after their wedding. Here’s everything we know about Nottingham Cottage, where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will settle for their happily ever after.
Nottingham Cottage is the smallest property at Kensington Palace.
According to The Express, Clarence House has already confirmed that the couple will reside in Nottingham Cottage, the “smallest abode on the estate,” according to the The Mirror. Despite its size, the property still “boasts reception rooms designed by Sir Christopher Wren” and has “a small garden, where Harry slung up a hammock when he first moved into the property.”
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle already live there.
The two-bedroom property on the Kensington Palace estate is already Prince Harry’s home—he’s lived there since 2013. According to The Express, Markle officially moved into the residence when their engagement was announced back in November 2017.
Nottingham Cottage has a rich history.
According to The Week, Sir Robert Fellowes, the Queen’s former secretary, and his wife, Lady Jane Fellowes (who is also Princess Diana’s sister) used to live there.
Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge also previously lived in the apartment before upgrading to Apartment 1A, a 20-room residence inside the palace.
It was originally accommodation for staff on the Kensington Palace estate.
A former police protection officer told People magazine the residence is “a lovely, classic Victorian cottage… They are well restored, typical country cottages and originally used for the estate workers. In the past 40 years or so they’ve been accommodation for senior members of the household.”
The residence comes with a lot of amenities.
The Mirror claims that “Meghan can expect to be waited on hand and foot with valets, dressers, hairdressers, chefs and butlers at the ready.”
Prince Harry and his new wife might move on soon though.
Both Markle and the prince have spoken about their desire to have children together, and they’ll likely need a much bigger living space if they expand their family soon.
The Sun is reporting that Prince Harry has already scouted out a bigger residence for them, “possibly eyeing up the 21-room apartment” next to Prince William’s.
They might take on a second residence.
While Nottingham Cottage will be their home, it’s thought that the couple will also have a country estate.
The Week is reporting that “When Prince William married Kate Middleton they were given , a 10-bedroom Grade II-listed mansion on the Sandringham estate by the Queen, and it is believed a similar offer will be made to Prince Harry and his wife.”
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While there are several contenders for the couple’s second property, it was rumored back in January that Prince Harry was looking at Beaconsfield Farm, described as “a run-down Roman villa set in the idyllic Cotswolds,” according to BAZAAR UK. It’s apparently close to Soho Farmhouse, rumored to be the site of Meghan Markle’s spa-themed bridal party back in March.
From: Harper’s BAZAAR US