Why Queen Elizabeth Denied Prince Harry And Meghan Markle’s Dreams Of Living At Windsor Castle

Prince Harry has always had a close relationship with Queen Elizabeth II, but after the Duke of Sussex tied the knot with Meghan Markle in 2018, Elizabeth denied one of the couple’s biggest requests. Following the birth to their first child, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, Harry and Markle have been adjusting to life inside their new residence at Frogmore Cottage. The royal family spent millions fixing up the old building, yet it was not Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s first choice for a family home. The pair allegedly wanted to make Windsor Castle their home — but Elizabeth rejected the idea and gifted them Frogmore Cottage instead.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle beside Queen Elizabeth
Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, and Queen Elizabeth | Photo by John Stillwell – WPA Pool/Getty Images

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle dream of living inside Windsor Castle

Although Harry and Markle are adjusting nicely to Frogmore Cottage, inside sources say that it was not their first choice. According to Express, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex originally asked Elizabeth if they could live inside Windsor Castle, taking up residence in one of the many living quarters on the grounds.

Despite Harry’s close relationship with his grandmother, Elizabeth reportedly rejected the idea because it would not have been a good idea to have a young family living at the estate.

After rejecting the idea of giving Harry and Markle a place inside Windsor Castle, Elizabeth gifted them Frogmore Cottage, which is on the grounds of the Windsor estate.

Kensington Palace weighs in

Right before their wedding in May of 2018, Kensington Palace released a statement about how Windsor is a special place for the Sussexes and that the two have spent a lot of time there.

The statement also revealed that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are thrilled to live on the grounds of Windsor and start their new lives as a family. Harry may not have been gotten his wish to live inside Windsor Castle, but he and Markle were given permission to live on the grounds.

“As with all members of the Royal Family, Windsor is a very special place for Prince Harry and he and Ms. Markle have regularly spent time there over the last year and a half,” the statement read.

Inside Harry and Meghan’s Frogmore renovations

Harry and Markle have taken a lot of heat for using taxpayer money to renovate Frogmore Cottage. To be fair, the couple fit the bill for some of the work, but they were forced to use public funds for a lot of the renovations. This includes new ceiling beams, heating and electrical systems, plumbing, and floor joists. In total, the royal family used well over $2.5 million in public money for the renovations.

For many years, Frogmore Cottage was not used as a residence for the royal family. The home was, however, in line to be renovated prior to being given to Harry and Markle. The renovations were necessary to make the estate livable for the foreseeable future.

After tying the knot in 2018, Harry and Markle spent a few months living in Nottingham Cottage, which is a part of Kensington Palace. They officially made the move to Frogmore cottage a few months before Archie’s birth this past May. The couple has not commented on the reports surrounding their request to live inside Windsor Castle. The two are getting ready for a tour of South Africa this fall.

Would Prince Harry and Meghan Markle keep Frogmore Cottage if the royals were abolished?

New polls make it clear that most people in the U.K. still adore the royal family, especially Queen Elizabeth, Prince William, and Prince Harry. Despite their popularity, there is still a chance that the British monarchy will eventually go by the wayside and be abolished.

If that ever happens, many of the family’s assets would be taken over by the government. This includes the Crown Estate and many of the royal palaces — all of which are worth over $12 billion.

Unfortunately for Harry and Markle, Frogmore Cottage falls under Windsor Castle, which means it would likely be confiscated. Luckily, the chances that the monarchy gets abolished anytime soon are very small and will probably not happen until Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are long gone.