The Home Security Idea Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Stole From Prince William and Kate Middleton

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle originally moved into their new home, Frogmore Cottage on the Windsor Estate for more privacy in this next chapter of their lives. But, in just the first month of living in their countryside abode, the new parents have already run into a security issue. As it turns out, their new Windsor home isn’t as secluded as they had hoped.

Prince William, Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle, Prince Harry
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with Prince William and Kate Middleton | Stephen Pond/Getty Images

Located just down the road from Windsor Castle — where Queen Elizabeth spends most of her time off — Frogmore Cottage is Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s answer to raising their children away from the so-called “fishbowl” of Kensington Palace. However, it’s location has made security a slight issue, at least for now.

Where is Frogmore Cottage?

Frogmore Cottage sits on the Windsor Estate and is located not too far from the Windsor Great Park. According to Express, their new home is also in close proximity to the Long Walk and can be spotted from those enjoying the pathways.

From the Long Walk, those passing by can get a direct view of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s family home with the chimney stack and three windows in plain sight. Fortunately, this isn’t the royal family’s first run-in with a privacy flaw.

Privacy is important in the royal family

If they plan to raise their royal baby (and future children) out of the royal limelight, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle must first seclude their home base. After all, they would hate for Archie and his siblings to run around in the garden right in front of the public!

Fortunately (for them), this isn’t the first time members of the royal family have run into a home privacy issue like this one. In fact, Prince William and Kate Middleton had the same problem with their home at Kensington Palace.

According to reports, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had the backside of Kensington Palace completely covered up with hundreds of trees. In an effort to gain more privacy from nosy tourists and fans, Prince William and Kate Middleton had 600 laurel trees planted 18-inches apart. The row expands an impressive 950 feet long and, right now, is about three-feet tall. However, it will eventually reach above head height, creating a more secluded area for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s children to play outside. The planting operation cost the royal family just under $20,000.

“As part of the broader management of the estate, the physical surroundings of royal residences are under constant review, a palace spokesperson said of the matter. “From time to time, adjustments are made to the landscaping and gardens, including hedging.”

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s home security plan 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle took note of this operation and have begun a planting program of their own. In an effort to camouflage their home from the public eye, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have requested large trees to be planted in the “holes” so that those in the park and on the Long Walk can’t spot Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, and their son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor in their private lives.

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