You’ll Never Believe How Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Get Into Their Kensington Palace Home
It’s no secret that Meghan Markle’s life has changed drastically since announcing her engagement (and getting married) to Prince Harry. But, while some of the changes were probably expected, others were not. Case in point: Meghan no longer has the luxury of unlocking the door to her own home.
Ahead, we take a look at the unbelievable way Meghan and Harry get into Kensington Palace (page 5), plus other shocking security measures they must take in order to gain access to their home.
Palace life is not as great as you’d think
Ever wonder what it would be like to be a princess (or in Meghan’s case, Duchess) and live in a palace? We hate to break it to you, but it’s probably not as awesome as it looks.
On top of being forced to follow a long list of archaic royal family rules, you’d live in one of the most popular tourist spots in the world — it’s no wonder Prince William and Kate Middleton like to escape to the countryside whenever possible.
Next: Inside Harry and Meghan’s home
Think the queen’s grandchildren all live under the same roof? Think again. Unlike William and Kate, Harry and Meghan don’t actually live inside Kensington Palace. They instead live next door to the palace in a small, historical home called Nottingham Cottage (or, “Nott Cott”).
Fun fact: Rumor has it, the ceilings in the cozy two-bedroom, one-bathroom home are so low that William has to duck when visiting. Also, Harry installed a hammock in the backyard because he’s the coolest royal ever.
Next: Nottingham Cottage means a lot to Harry and Meghan.
Harry proposed to Meghan at Nottingham Cottage
Nottingham Cottage is more than just a home to Harry and Meghan … it’s the place they got engaged. The two lovebirds were reportedly roasting a chicken when Harry decided to pop the question.
Prior to their engagement, Harry had the cottage all to himself — talk about the ultimate bachelor pad!
Next: Despite its sentimental value, the couple won’t be able to live there forever.
Harry and Meghan will eventually move to Kensington Palace
Prior to starting a family, William and Kate used Nottingham Cottage as their home base in London. That said, the royals had to bid adieu to the modest — by royal family standards — home to ensure they had enough space for their family of five.
Like William and Kate, Harry and Meghan won’t live in Nottingham Cottage forever. Once the couple decides to start a family, it is likely they will move into Kensington Palace or another property owned by the royal family.
Next: You’ll never believe the insane way Harry and Meghan get into Nottingham Cottage.
A helicopter to Hyde Park
Harry and Meghan don’t have the luxury of running home for a quick outfit change. In fact, getting into their house is a major three-part ordeal. The first step? Boarding a helicopter — yes, a helicopter.
According to Hello Magazine, members of royalty first land via helicopter in Hyde Park. Despite being on palace grounds, the area of the park is open to the public, so tourists may be able to catch them in the act.
Next: Timing is everything
A chauffeured car whisks them away
Because the park is open to the public — and the palace is a hot tourist destination — timing is crucial. With that in mind, it is absolutely essential that a chauffeured car await the arrival of the helicopter.
Following the helicopter ride, the royals are quickly ushered into the car and the driver takes them home. That said, they can’t get through the palace gates (and passed the crowds of tourists) without step three.
Next: They would not make it home without step three.
The last step in operation get Harry and Meghan home? A police escort. For safety purposes, members of royalty are escorted through the palace gates by police.
In addition to providing added security, a police escort can also ensure the operation goes as smooth (and quick) as possible.
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