Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s House Move Delayed: Will It Be Ready Before the Baby Is Born?

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are preparing to move following their split to their own household, but it appears they’ve hit some delays. Will their home at Frogmore Cottage be ready before the arrival of Baby Sussex?

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Attend A Commonwealth Day Youth Event At Canada House.
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Renovations on Frogmore Cottage are causing delays

According to the Daily Mail, there are some renovation issues that could push back their move-in date, putting them very close to having to settle in only days before the baby comes.

While the royal couple were due to move into Frogmore Cottage this week, “workmen are still on site” to work on last minute design changes. This delay could reportedly push their move out another four weeks.

What design changes are being made?

A source told The Sun that “layout” changes are to blame and that Prince Harry and Markle have “been quite demanding.”

The insider noted: “It’s been all hands to the pump. The builders have worked all week whatever the weather. But they keep making changes, particularly on the layout. The word is they’ve been quite demanding, which is understandable as what homeowner doesn’t want their house to be perfect?”

The Frogmore renovations include having interior walls knocked down to create five-bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms as well as expanding a kitchen-dining space. 

When is Baby Sussex due?

Of course, the continued renovation work is cutting things pretty close to the arrival of Baby Sussex as the couple reportedly wanted to move “in the spring — hopefully before the birth” of their first child.

The specifics of Markle’s due date have been hazy, as the couple’s initial pregnancy announcement only said “spring.” Markle has been heard dropping some clues about the baby’s arrival, however — during a visit to Birkenhead, when asked when she was having the baby, she shared, “end of April, early May.”

If the baby arrives before the Frogmore Cottage renovations are complete, they will not be without a home, as they’ve reportedly been offered an apartment at Buckingham Palace in the interim.

Prince Harry and Prince William’s Kensington Palace split confirmed

Recently, Buckingham Palace and Kensington Palace confirmed that Prince William and Kate Middleton and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle would create their own households.

The statement noted: “The Queen has agreed to the creation of a new Household for The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, following their marriage in May last year. The Household, which will be created with the support of The Queen and The Prince of Wales, will be established in the spring.”

The statement continued: “The Duke of Sussex currently has his own private office, which has been supporting The Duchess since the engagement of Their Royal Highnesses in November 2017. This long-planned move will ensure that permanent support arrangements for The Duke and Duchess’s work are in place as they start their family and move to their official residence at Frogmore Cottage.”

Additionally, it was announced that “The Queen has given permission for The Duke and Duchess of Sussex to base their Household Office at Buckingham Palace.”