According to a new report from the Times on Sunday, the couple asked the Queen if they could live in Windsor Castle, but she shut down the idea.
A royal source says that the move was probably nixed because the castle isn’t an ideal place to raise a young family.
When Prince Harry and Meghan Markle decided to start a family, they relocated from their Kensington Palace apartment to Frogmore Cottage in Windsor, where they can raise little Archie Harrison in private—or, as private as you can get when you’re a high-ranking royal, at least.
Apparently, however, Frogmore Cottage wasn’t the couple’s first choice when it came to moving into a new royal residence. A new report from the Times on Sunday suggests that Meghan and Harry actually asked the Queen if they could move into Windsor Castle, where she and Prince Philip spend much of the year.
Sadly, the idea didn’t work out, probably because the Queen decided that the castle wasn’t the best place to raise a young, growing family.
“There are empty bedrooms and suites in the private apartments which the Sussexes may have had their eye on, or perhaps some former living quarters in the castle grounds converted into other things,” Hugo Vickers, a royal author and a deputy lord lieutenant of Berkshire, told The Times. “But I can see how it might not be entirely appropriate to have a young family living there.”
Of course, Harry and Meghan have made the five-bedroom Frogmore Cottage their dream home now, so it all worked out.
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This morning, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was christened in the Private Chapel at Windsor Castle at an intimate service officiated by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are so happy to share the joy of this day with members of the public who have been incredibly supportive since the birth of their son. They thank you for your kindness in welcoming their first born and celebrating this special moment. Their Royal Highnesses feel fortunate to have enjoyed this day with family and the godparents of Archie. Their son, Archie, was baptised wearing the handmade replica of the royal christening gown which has been worn by royal infants for the last 11 years. The original Royal Christening Robe, made of fine Honiton lace lined with white satin, was commissioned by Queen Victoria in 1841 and first worn by her eldest daughter. It was subsequently worn for generations of Royal christenings, including The Queen, her children and her grandchildren until 2004, when The Queen commissioned this handmade replica, in order for the fragile historic outfit to be preserved, and for the tradition to continue. Photo credit: Chris Allerton ©️SussexRoyal
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