Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Are Looking to Build a $3.5 Million Estate in England, Source Claims

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have officially left the United Kingdom, but maybe not for long. The two are currently relaxing (and quarantining) in a multi-million-dollar mansion on Vancouver Island, British Colombia. However, rumor has it that the retired royals might be entertaining the idea of building a brand new mansion in England.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle | Michael Bradley/Pool/Getty Images

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle don’t seem to have a permanent home yet

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced their departure from the royal family back in January 2020. It didn’t come as an easy decision, but after things went from bad to worse between Meghan and the media, the two realized it was time to take a step back.

Meghan and Harry relocated to Vancouver Island, British Columbia, where they’ve been staying since January; they did return to the U.K. for a while in early March. But the couple is reportedly renting on Vancouver Island and hasn’t found a permanent place to call home yet. And it seems like they might still be exploring their options.  

The two are reportedly considering building a new home in England

The Sun recently reported that Harry and Meghan might be taking on a completely new project: Building a brand new home in the U.K. The two reportedly want to spend about $3.5 million on a three-bedroom country house near Soho Farmhouse, an exclusive, members-only club that the two enjoy. Meghan also had her bachelorette celebration at Soho Farmhouse before her wedding in 2018.

The house would serve as the couple’s home base whenever they’re visiting the U.K. It would be in Oxfordshire, nearly two hours from the queen at Buckingham Palace.

Frogmore Cottage would likely remain as is

After Meghan and Harry wed, they started renovating Frogmore Cottage, a massive home on the grounds of Windsor Castle. The renovation reportedly cost a whopping $3 million, all of which was paid out of taxpayers’ money. And only about a year after the renovation’s completion, Meghan and Harry moved out and headed to North America, vowing to pay back the money spent on updating their new home.

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A glimpse at Frogmore Cottage, Harry and Meghan’s former home | GOR/Getty Images

If Meghan and Harry chose to build a brand new estate, they would essentially abandon their home at Frogmore Cottage. But the home would still remain a part of Windsor Castle and one of the queen’s many properties, though it’s unclear when someone might next live in it.

Prince Charles’ diagnosis might affect Harry and Meghan’s short-term plans

71-year-old Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne, was recently diagnosed with coronavirus amidst the ongoing pandemic. And his illness might affect Meghan and Harry’s short-term plans. Harry reportedly wanted to head straight back to the U.K. upon learning his dad was sick.

Charles was reported to have mild symptoms, and though he seems to be doing alright so far, things are still up in the air. His age is against him, but the royals have a long history of good health and old age. Still, though, the family isn’t out of the woods yet. And Harry and Meghan’s future might temporarily be on hold while they wait for Charles to get better.