The Royals: Why are Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Moving Away from Prince William and Kate?

If you’ve kept up with the royal news then you have probably heard that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are separating from Prince William and Kate.

The royal couple is moving out of their two-bedroom Nottingham Cottage, which sits on the grounds of Kensington Palace. Harry and Markle have lived there since their engagement. They are set to move to Frogmore Cottage on Windsor Estate.

Their new home was built in 1801 so it needs a little work, but it sits on 35 acres and is much bigger than the couple’s current residence. According to royal reporter Emily Andrews, the couple’s wedding reception and engagement photo shoot took place on the property grounds, as well, meaning this home probably has a special place in the couple’s heart.

A source told Entertainment Tonight that the two could be moving sooner rather than later.

Harry and Markle are “due to move into Frogmore Cottage, provided the renovation works are complete in the next few weeks,'” the source said.

The house will be renovated to include a few modern updates.

The house “will include an eco-friendly green energy unit,” the source continued. It will also have “two conservatory extensions and extensive landscaping so baby Sussex will have privacy.”

The lavish 10-bedroom home will provide more than enough space for the Duke and Duchess to start their family.

“The couple is really excited about the impending birth,” the source continued. “Windsor was the perfect fit for Harry and Meghan. The 10-bedroom house has more space for children when they expand their family and of course has a special place in their hearts.”

Why are Meghan Markle and Prince Harry moving?

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are moving as part of the split of the royal households. This simply means that Harry and William will now have their own offices.

“The arrival of Meghan has changed the dynamic of the relationship in a fairly significant way,” royals author Sally Bedell Smith recently told People of the split. “It is inevitable and practical because it gives Harry and Meghan some freedom to build up their own collection of interests and charities.”

Though Markle has been getting some bad press about causing a riff in the family, the split was actually a natural progression.

“The time has come,” a family friend told the outlet. “They are in their 30s and can’t be treated as young unmarried men any more. Now, they are spreading their wings. William more than Harry as he has his three children – but Harry is now starting his own – and it is time to move on.”

Though the houses will be split, Harry and Markle will not be completely on their own.

“They wanted their household to be entirely independent of Buckingham Palace, but were told ‘no,'” a royal source told The Sunday Times. “There is an institutional structure that doesn’t allow that kind of independence. The feeling is that it’s good to have the Sussexes under the jurisdiction of Buckingham Palace, so they can’t just go off and do their own thing.”

Read more: Royal Split: What Does Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Splitting the Royal Household Mean?

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