Will Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Keep Frogmore Cottage Once They Resign?

Royal fans everywhere received the shock of their lives on January 8th, 2020. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their highly controversial decision to retire from life as “senior royals” and begin to work towards financial independence. There’s no doubt that at least part of this decision was prompted by the difficult time the two have had in the press over the past year, but it still comes as a huge surprise to many who have followed the royal family for years.

With more questions than answers, fans are now tasked with the mission of figuring out what comes next for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and how exactly their lives will change.

What did Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s statement say?

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in Johannesburg, South Africa
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle | MICHELE SPATARI/AFP via Getty Images

On the afternoon of January 8th, 2020, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle posted a bombshell message on their Instagram account. The message read, in part, that after “many months of internal discussions,” the couple had decided to “step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen.” 

Another part of the statement, which is nearly as shocking, is the fact that with their new role, the couple plans to “balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America,” in order to give their son a multifaceted upbringing as they focus on a completely “new chapter.”

Part of their new chapter includes the launch of a yet-unnamed charitable organization, which they referenced in the statement. Instantly, media outlets everywhere picked up their statement and the entire world started dissecting what this bold move could possibly mean for the entire royal family as well as for Markle and Prince Harry.

Why are they stepping back from royal life?

While Prince Harry and Meghan Markle admitted in their statement that at least part of the reason for their decision is due to the desire to give their son a different life, it is not clear what other factors led to the retirement announcement. Admittedly, the statement didn’t say that they would be leaving royal life entirely – rather, they will continue to perform some royal duties as they work towards creating their own separate identity. It could take years before Markle and Prince Harry are entirely separated from the royal family, if in fact, that is their end goal. 

It seems likely that all of the negative press that Markle has received since joining the royal family has had something to do with the decision. The couple’s new roles will enable them to take a step back from the traditional way that the royals engage with the media and allow them to start sharing information directly with the public on their social media

Will Prince Harry and Meghan Markle give up their Frogmore Cottage home?

Although Prince Harry and Meghan Markle intend to become financially independent and support themselves through their own means, for now, they will still be receiving money via the royal family. Reportedly, for the foreseeable future, British taxpayers will still be footing the security bill for the young family. There is also buzz about whether or not they will be allowed to keep their Frogmore Cottage home, which was renovated at a cost of millions of dollars, partially funded by taxpayers. Still, it seems likely that the couple will get to keep that residence since it is technically considered a gift from the queen. 

However, if the couple buys a new home, which they probably will, either in Canada or the United States, that bill will likely be footed entirely by them. Right now, millions of questions are swirling around their decision, and it could be months before concrete answers fall into place.