Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are asking for charity donations instead of traditional wedding gifts, but that’s apparently not stopping the Queen from giving them a present of epic proportions: an entire house.
Her Majesty is speculated to bestow York Cottage, from her Sandringham Estate, to the couple, Mirror and 9 News reported. Though the news remains unconfirmed, the Queen “has a habit of giving property,” royal biographer Duncan Larcombe told Cosmopolitan UK. Her Majesty gave Sunninghill Park to Prince Andrew, Birkhall to Prince Charles, and Anmer Hall to Prince William and Kate Middleton.
“So there’s every chance that Harry and Meghan might find themselves the proud owners of a nice property outside of London,” Larcombe continued. York Cottage will “most likely” end up in Harry and Meghan’s hands.
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Here’s what we know about the property:
It’s located on the grounds of the Sandringham Estate.
Her Majesty’s sprawling property in Norfolk, England is about 110 miles northeast of Kensington Palace, where Harry and Meghan live now. The estate has been under the British royal family’s possession since 1862, according to its official website. It was first used by the Prince of Wales (later known as King Edward VII).
The overall property is 8,000 hectares large (around 19,800 acres), including a 240-hectare public park and 24-hectare garden, which is connected to the main house.
The Queen inherited the estate from her father, King George VI, in 1952. Prince Philip has been in charge of managing and maintaining the venue for future locations, the royal family’s website states.