Members of the royal family aren’t allowed to accept gifts from the public. But when Queen Elizabeth is the one doing the gift giving? That’s a different story.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle recently shocked fans when they announced they’d be moving away from Kensington Palace where many other royal family members live. Instead of staying close by to relatives, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are in the final stages of getting their new home, Frogmore Cottage, all ready for the arrival of their new baby in the spring. It appears that the couple is ready to make a fresh start.
Why are Prince Harry and Meghan Markle moving?
Royal insiders speculate that this move is an attempt for the young couple to distance themselves – physically and emotionally – from the rest of the royal clan. Those rumors of a rift between Prince William and Prince Harry, plus tension between their wives Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle, won’t seem to die down. But royal family feud or not, the newlyweds are moving out.
The couple’s new home is located about 20 minutes outside of London. Not far enough that they’ll never
What gift is Queen Elizabeth giving them?
The renovations at Frogmore Cottage are in full tilt, with Meghan Markle choosing vegan paint to protect the family’s lungs from toxic fumes. The baby’s nursery is being decorated with a neutral color palette that’s soothing and suitable for either a boy or a girl. And that’s good — the Duke and Duchess of Sussex haven’t discovered the gender yet.
Housewarming gifts can be tricky – especially for people who have more money than they know what to do with. But the Queen came up with a priceless gift for her grandson and his wife that they’re sure to cherish for years to come.
For her gift, the Queen is allowing the couple to choose one-of-a-kind artwork to adorn the walls of their new home. “Meghan and Harry have been told they can choose some artwork for Frogmore Cottage,” a palace insider revealed to Vanity Fair. “They have been presented with a list of paintings that would be available to them and they are making up their minds as to what they would like to hang in their new home.”
What is the Royal Art Collection?
The Queen can certainly spare a painting or two. The Royal Art Collection is the largest privately-owned art collection in the world with more than one million total pieces. There’s classic art including six Rembrandts and 600 drawings by Leonardo da Vinci along with more modern pieces from artists Andy Warhol and Anish Kapoor.
No matter what type of style Prince Harry and Meghan Markle want for their new home, they’re sure to find the perfect piece to add to the walls. It’s the ideal present for a young couple who has great taste (and strong opinions).