Meghan says ‘surreal’ Frogmore Cottage has sat untouched since Sussexes left

Meghan Markle has revealed that the "surreal" Frogmore Cottage has remained mostly untouched since she and Prince Harry upped sticks and moved to the US.

The property in Windsor was renovated for a reported fee of £2.4million for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex prior to the birth of Archie in May 2019.

That renovation saw Frogmore Cottage transformed into a four-bedroom family home with a nursery.

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Since Meghan and Harry moved to LA in March 2020, Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank have lived there at times.

The Telegraph then reported in May this year that Eugenie and Jack had moved out and that Harry's lease on the property had been renewed.

Speaking to The Cut, Meghan recalled how very little had changed when she returned to Frogmore Cottage during her visit to the UK for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in June.

She said: “You go back and you open drawers and you’re like oh my gosh. This is what I was writing in my journal there? And here’s all my socks from this time?”

Meghan described walking back into the property as "surreal", with items shipped over from her old apartment in Toronto (such as a sofa and some art) still strewn about the place.

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The Cut also reported that Meghan and Harry had since repaid the £2.4m of taxpayer's money used to renovate the home, and that many of the more extravagant renovations that made headlines – such as "a yoga studio with a floating floor", "a gold bathtub" or a "special wing for her mother" – weren't actually real.

Frogmore Cottage is a Grade II listed home and was constructed in 1801 at the direction of Queen Charlotte, wife of King George III.

Other tenants have included theologian Henry James Sr, Queen Victoria's personal secretary Abdul Karim and Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna after she was exiled from her native Russia during the Russian Revolution.


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