Revealed: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s New Family Home Isn’t As Private as They Hoped It Would Be
Ahead of their son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor’s arrival, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle packed up their home at Kensington Palace where they shared their lives as fiancés, newlyweds, and parents-to-be, for a much quieter, more secluded family home on the Windsor Estate. Located just down the road from Windsor Castle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s new home, Frogmore Cottage was supposed to offer them privacy while they raise their son (and future children) away from the royal spotlight. That said, the house isn’t as hidden as they hoped it would be.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle moved to Frogmore Cottage last month
Now that they are parents, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle hope to lead a more private home life — which is why they moved out of Nottingham Cottage and the so-called “fishbowl” of Kensington Palace for a countryside abode. However, in the first month of living at Frogmore Cottage (and first week as parents), the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have ran into a large privacy issue.
Part of the home is visible from Windsor Great Park
According to Express, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s new home can be spotted from the Long Walk, which is a “tree-lined avenue across from Windsor Great Park.” This section of the property is open to the public, which means that those enjoying the view can also take a peek Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s private home.
How they plan to camouflage their home
That “peek” actually includes the home’s chimney stack and three windows, all of which are in plain sight. To combat this error, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are, for now, keeping their curtains closed. However, a “planting program” is also underway. To protect their home from the public eye, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have requested large trees to be planted in the “holes” so that those walking by can’t spot the duke, duchess, and their son (and any future children, too!).
They aren’t the first royal parents to use botanicals to hide their home. Prince William and Kate Middleton also planted large bushes around their home at Kensington Palace so Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis can run around outside and hunt for bugs in the garden (one of their favorite activities, according to Kate Middleton).
How Prince Harry and Meghan Markle created a quieter family home
In addition to the planting program, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex sound-proofed their new home during the renovation process. Because Frogmore Cottage is located near Heathrow Airport, many planes fly overhead throughout the day. According to reports, 14 flights pass by their home every half hour and many are only one mile above the home (some come as close as 1,800 feet!).
To counter this woe, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle spent $65,000 to soundproof their home with triple-glazed windows that reduce noise and also prevent heat loss, which will come in handy during the colder months.
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