Prince Harry and Meghan have lived in Nottingham Cottage (located on the same grounds of Kensington Palace where William and Kate live with their family) since their engagement was announced in November 2017. Now that they’re starting a family of their own, however, they’ve decided to venture a little bit farther down the road with plans to move into Frogmore Cottage in Spring of 2019. Although the relocation sparked rumors of a rift between the two young couples, Harry and Meghan’s new residence is only about 20 miles away from Will and Kate, so they’ll likely still be able to rely on the parents-of-three for tips and advice with their own little one.
According to the official website for the royal family, the estate’s unusual name comes from the prevalence of frogs found in the marshy area. The cottage itself dates back to the 1600s and is separate from the much larger Frogmore House, though still contains plenty of space for Harry and Meghan’s growing family. It was perhaps most famously formerly known as the home of Queen Victoria’s dear friend and aide, Abdul Karim. Victoria and Abdul formed a close bond in the last years of her life, which was recently the subject of a 2017 film named after them.
Queen Victoria’s legacy also adds a somewhat spooky element to the royal estate’s history. Both Victoria and her beloved husband, Prince Albert, were laid to rest in an ornate mausoleum (known simply as the Royal Mausoleum) in what will essentially be Harry and Meghan’s backyard. You can see the impressive building in the photo below:
The Royal Burial Grounds of Frogmore also include Victoria’s mother, the Duchess of Kent, who has her own mausoleum, and the Duke of Windsor (formerly known as King Edward VIII before his abdication) is buried next to his wife, Wallis Simpson, on the grounds as well. It’s interesting to note that Wallis was the only other American to marry into the royal family before Meghan, though it unforunately came with a lot more controversy at the time.
The cottage is currently undergoing much-needed renovation before Harry and Meghan can start moving in, but we’re already anxious to see how they’ll put their own touches on it. Reports from the Telegraph claim they’ve begun construction to build a nursery, yoga studio, gym, and space for Meghan’s mom, Doria, when she comes to visit. It might seem a tad grim for Meghan and Harry to raise their family surrounded by the final resting places of so many of their relatives, but it will allow them to embrace the royal family’s rich history. The couple have also already added their own history to the estate with their wedding reception having taken place at Frogmore House, and the pair posed for their engagement photos on the Frogmore grounds before that, too. Here’s hoping Harry and Meghan will recreate that photoshoot with their baby in the spring!