Meghan Markle May Change This 1 Part of Kensington Palace, Just Like Princess Diana

As Meghan Markle takes on the role of Her Royal Highness Princess Henry of Wales, a host of lifestyle changes are in order. The Suits actress gave up her career to wed Prince Harry, and with that also comes walking the straight and narrow path of royal etiquette. No selfies with fans, no bare legs (at least without sheer pantyhose), and a strict code of ethics must be followed.

But when it comes to Meghan’s passions, background, and plans for her royal role, a lot of similarities between her and Princess Diana keep popping up. One pastime, however, stands to influence Kensington Palace in a very positive light. Follow along, and find the one major change (page 4).

1. Kensington Palace is awaiting the newlyweds

Kensington Palace in London

The family has called the palace home for centuries. | iStock.com/Jupiterimages

British royals have been making Kensington Palace their humble abode since the 17th century, and Prince Harry and Markle are following suit. Prince Charles and Princess Diana even lived in the palace. The newlyweds will have quite the welcoming committee, considering Prince William, Kate, and the kids are already nestled in their 1A apartment. Then there’s the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and Kent, plus the Prince and Princess of Kent. Could this be the royal family’s version of Full House?

Next: Here’s where the newlyweds will be taking up residency.

2. The couple will live at Nottingham Cottage

Nottingham Cottage circled

The cottage is right next to the palace. | Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Prince Harry is already nestled into Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace. In fact, that’s where he proposed marriage to Markle. The couple’s down-to-earth vibe is reiterated by their very normal-sized cottage. The two-bedroom chalet has a living room, kitchen, and one bathroom, and for that, they immediately seem more relatable.

Next: Prince Harry’s cool-dude factor just got even better. 

3. Prince Harry hammocks in the gardens

Prince Harry is in a light grey suit.

He knows how to relax. | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Is there any better way to take a load off than relaxing in a hammock on a breezy sunny day? If that hammock is suspended in a garden outside of Nottingham Cottage, then yes. According to The Daily Mirror, the first thing Prince Harry did was put up his hammock when he moved into the cottage. Although rumors allude to an eventual move into a larger apartment down the road, the cottage will be a great first home for Harry and Markle.

Next: This one trait will make a grand impression on Kensington Palace.

4. She’ll spruce up the gardens, just like Princess Diana

Princess Diana

Princess Diana enjoyed the gardens. | Daniel Luna/AFP/Getty Images

Just like Princess Diana, Meghan Markle has a solid green thumb. While Kensington Palace’s three gardens are tended by designated gardeners, Nottingham Cottage has its very own small garden for Markle to cultivate. When Princess Diana lived at the palace, she quickly took to the gardens by adding her own personal touches of white and cream-colored flowers. Markle, on the other hand, may add a more colorful spin to the floral foliage.

Next: Markle’s green-thumb roots run deep.

5. Her mother nicknamed her ‘Flower’

Meghan Markle close up tinted lip

She’s always loved flowers. | AFP Photo/Pool/Adrian Dennis

When Markle was just a wee young tot, her mother nicknamed her “Flower” based on her early and deep-rooted love for the bright blossoms. Plus, what little girl doesn’t enjoy flowers? In regards to how Markle is similar to a flower, her mother explains that she found her to be “opinionated, driven, and with a deep desire to affect change.”

Next: She’ll likely be planting these in the gardens.

6. Expect peonies, roses, and hydrangeas to blossom

Red roses and flowers

Her favorites are peonies and roses. | Konoplytska/iStock/Getty Images

How does a freshly minted Royal Highness Princess Henry of Wales choose what to plant in her royal garden plot? Peonies are her favorite, and if you ask Markle, she’ll tell you that “they never get old.” Besides peonies, Markle took plenty of rose photos and even shared her mason jar hydrangea photos on her Instagram account. And I think most of us can agree with Markle that a bouquet of fresh flowers is a lovely “weekly treat.”

Next: Prince Harry will be eating very well with Markle in the palace.

7. She’ll grow vegetables, too

various of fresh vegetables

Meghan Markle is a vegetable fan. | Vicuschka/iStock/Getty Images

Markle is the first to admit that she is a “veggie picking fool.” So even though they will be enjoying chef-prepared meals most days, freshly picked salads and vegetables from the garden will surely be in order for the newlyweds. Tending to the cottage garden will be a special way for Markle to pay homage to her late mother-in-law, Princess Diana.

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Source: Architectural Digest, The Week UK