The Major Hint the Queen Is Probably Sending Harry and Meghan With This Special Gift

What does one buy for a gift for a royal wedding? Obviously, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle found out when they tied the knot on May 19, 2018. They likely didn’t need too much, but they probably ended up with some amazing gifts.

The queen certainly bestowed a wonderful gift upon them, but it might be her way of hinting at something. Keep clicking to find out what the gift was and what might be behind the gesture on page 5.

1. The gift

York Cottage Sandringham

York Cottage | The Giant Puffin/Wikimedia Commons

A lot of newlyweds would love to get a first house as a wedding present. That’s what the queen gave Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, only they already had two, so now they have three.

According to Yahoo, the couple has rented a place in the beautiful Cotswolds, they have their Nottingham Cottage on the Kensington Palace grounds, and now they have York Cottage, their wedding gift from the queen. What a lucky pair.

Next: The former residents

2. The Duke of York lived there

King George V

King George V, formerly the Duke of York | Hulton Archive/Getty Images

York Cottage is not aptly named — it’s actually a stately home located on Sandringham Estate’s grounds, where the queen has her Norfolk home. Now the couple can escape London, where they are constantly on display, and spend some quiet time at York Cottage.

The cottage dates back to King Edward VII, who gifted it to his son — the future King George V — in 1893. According to Metro, it’s been called “eccentric” and is “said to resemble ‘three Merrie England pubs joined together,’ which sounds intriguing.

Next: What’s going on at the cottage now

3. The cottage might not be ready

York Cottage interior

York Cottage interior | Royal Collection Trust

Right now, York Cottage serves as a holiday home and the central office for Sandringham staff, which will change when the royal couple takes over. They will likely be making some renovations, as well, to make it their own, according to Metro.

The couple likely won’t be moving in just yet, however. Currently, they live in Nottingham Cottage, where they will likely live for some time, according to Metro.

Next: The queen is generous.

4. The queen gifted others in the family, too

Anmer Hall in England

Anmer Hall, the home of Prince William and Kate Middleton. | Richard Humphrey/Wikimedia Commons

The queen also gifted Prince William and Kate Middleton with Anmer Hall on the Sandringham Estate, according to Metro. And she gave Prince Charles Birkhall, a 53,000-acre estate on Royal Deeside, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Prince Andrew got Sunninghill Park in Berkshire. Keep in mind that all who were gifted also have other places to live. Clearly, the queen believes in treating everyone equally.

Next: The queen’s motive?

5. Here’s what the queen might be trying to say

Meghan Markle, The Duchess Of Sussex Undertakes Her First Official Engagement With Queen Elizabeth II

Meghan Markle and Queen Elizabeth | Jeff J. Mitchell/Getty Images

When Prince William and Kate Middleton had Prince George, they chose to send him to nursery school in Norfolk. Later, they moved back to London to Kensington Palace, where George now goes to school and Charlotte attends nursery.

Because Norfolk was Prince William and Kate Middleton’s choice when they had a baby, perhaps the queen is hinting that she’d like to see Prince Harry and Meghan Markle follow suit. If they have children, they might decide to go to Norfolk for the baby’s early years, just like Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Next: The backstory

6. A little history about the cottage

York Cottage

York Cottage | London Stereoscopic Company/Getty Images

According to Metro, York Cottage’s nickname is the “The Bachelor’s Cottage,” even though the Duke Of York lived there with Princess Mary after they got married. That nickname will definitely change if Prince Harry and Meghan Markle decide to move in.

Lady Donaldson, the first female Lord Mayor of London, wrote this about the couple’s new home: “York Cottage in its own context is a monument to the eccentricity of the family who lived there.” Hmmmmm … what in the world made the Duke of York — who later became King George V — and his wife so eccentric?

Next: Tales of creepiness

7. Is York Cottage haunted?

Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence and Avondale aka Prince Eddy

Prince Albert Victor | National Portrait Gallery/Wikimedia Commons

According to the website Romper, Prince Albert Victor lived in York Cottage in the 1890s, where he died at the age of 28 from influenza. The staff kept his room and belongings exactly as he left them, and something creepy happened. Creepy but true: They even kept the water jug in the room refreshed.

Children who grew up in the house felt like they were living with Prince Victor’s ghost — and they couldn’t wait to exit stage left. So, the “haunting” isn’t really about the cottage having an actual ghost, but instead likely came about from those kids’ memories of the place.

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