Inside Nottingham Cottage: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s first home together

PEACEHAVEN, UNITED KINGDOM – OCTOBER 03: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex make an official visit to the Joff Youth Centre in Peacehaven, Sussex on October 3, 2018 in Peacehaven, United Kingdom. The Duke and Duchess married on May 19th 2018 in Windsor and were conferred The Duke & Duchess of Sussex by The Queen. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Although Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have now moved to their new house in Windsor, their first martial home was based at Kensington Palace – Nottingham Cottage.

The couple, and their new baby Archie, have just moved in to Frogmore Cottage, on the grounds of the Queen’s Windsor Estate.

But long before they lived in their five-bedroom Windsor abode, the couple first spent time together at Nottingham Cottage.

And following the pair’s engagement in November 2017, Meghan moved in to Harry’s former bachelor pad in the palace grounds, which he lived in for a number of years before meeting his wife.

Where does Prince Harry live?

After Harry and Meghan officially announced the happy news of their engagement, the pair set up home together at Nottingham Cottage, one of the many apartments within the grounds of Kensington Palace.

It’s thought to be one of the smallest residences within the palace grounds, but certainly isn’t one to be sniffed at.

Meghan was no stranger to the property when she moved in, having stayed there numerous times when visiting Harry while in London. In fact, it’s where the prince proposed while the couple were ‘trying to roast a chicken’.

Inside Nottingham Cottage

The cute, cosy cottage is thought to have two bedrooms and a small garden. It also houses a kitchen, small living room, and bathroom – meaning it was the perfect starter home for the couple.

A few months ago, one of Meghan’s close friends revealed that she has an adorable guest room set-up, for when her loved ones visited her royal abode.

In a recent interview with People magazine, an unnamed close pal of the Duchess revealed that Meghan had set up a candle, robe and slippers in the second bedroom for her.

She revealed, “We had a couple of days together recently. Her husband was out of town on work. In the room she made up for me, there was a candle lit by the bed, slippers and a robe. We were the only two in the house. It was our time.”

The friend continued, revealing that behind the glitzy events and newspaper headlines, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex actually enjoy a very normal life together – with Meghan cooking for her and her husband every day.

Giving an insight into the home, they said, “We’ve all been to their cottage. It’s small and she’s made it cosy, but the perception of their lifestyle and the reality are two different things. Meg cooks for herself and Harry every single day.”

“She made the most lovely meals. She made tea every day. It was raining and muddy outside, so the dogs got all dirty, and she’s wiping them off with towels. How much she loves her animals, how much she loves her friends, how much she loves feeding you, taking care of you – none of that has changed.”

Although small, Harry and Meghan’s former residence reportedly boasted impressive reception rooms, designed by none other than Sir Christopher Wren, who was one of Britain’s most highly-acclaimed architects.

Meghan’s redesign of Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace

So how might Meghan have put her stamp on the humble abode? Judging from the former actress’s Instagram page, we predict that she’ll have created a neutral, but comfy, cosy vibe for her first home with her husband.

Pictures of her Toronto home on her social media show a relaxed, bohemian décor, with plenty of comfy blankets, cream furniture, and an abundance of flowers.

In fact, it’s thought that Prince Harry was treated to a fresh bouquet of Meghan’s favourite, peonies, every week from the nearby Chelsea Flower Market.


The former actress is also said to love Diqtyque candles, Jo Malone scents, and impressive art. Sounds like it would be a very beautiful home!

We’re sure the Duchess has carried over her style to her and Prince Harry, and baby Archie’s new home, Frogmore Cottage.

Where else do Harry and Meghan have property?

The royal couple used to hold a lease on an impressive home in the Cotswolds, on the Great Tew Estate, close to one of Meghan’s favourite hotels Soho Farmhouse.

The £2.5 million farmhouse, with a separate cottage for staff, was said to be the place Meghan and Harry retreated to whenever possible, to get away from the media glare in London.

But now they have their country home in Windsor, the couple are thought to have ended their lease there.

Where are Harry and Meghan moving to?

Kensington Palace confirmed last year that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex would be moving to Windsor, to make a permanent home at Frogmore Cottage, nearby the Queen’s favourite home, Windsor Castle.

So while Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan have now left Nottingham Cottage behind, their first marital home, we’re sure they’ll always have fond memories of their former home together in the capital.

From our sister site Woman&Home

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