Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were reportedly “delighted” to hand over their United Kingdom home Frogmore Cottage to the royal’s cousin, Princess Eugenie, as she prepares to give birth to her first child with her husband Jack Brooksbank.
Entertainment Tonight reported that Harry and Meghan, who are currently living in a mansion in Santa Barbara, California, offered up their estate in Windsor to Eugenie, the 30 year-old daughter of Prince Andrew. While the home will still technically belong to Harry and Meghan, a source said that they “are delighted to be able to open up their home to Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank as they start their own family.”
Harry and Meghan’s office confirmed that this is happening, adding that the couple will “share the property” with Eugenie and Jack “when they travel to the UK.” Before stepping down as senior royals earlier this year, Harry and Meghan carried out a major renovation of Frogmore, turning it into a five bedroom home that will give the two couples and their children plenty of space when they are all together.
Because of the travel difficulties that have been brought about by COVID-19, however, Harry and Meghan have no plans to return to Frogmore anytime soon, and they have not been at the estate since March. It had previously been reported that Harry and Meghan won’t be returning to the U.K. for the holidays because of the coronavirus pandemic.
A source recently confirmed that it is “fully anticipated that [the couple] will be at home in California and not be in the U.K. for Christmas.” The source added that members of the royal family are “disappointed” that they won’t be seeing 1-year-old Archie, the son of Harry and Meghan, over the holidays.
Harry and Meghan shocked the world earlier this year when they stepped down as senior members of the British royal family. They then briefly moved to Canada before relocating to Meghan’s hometown of Los Angeles, California, where they spent months living in the $18 million mansion of Hollywood mogul Tyler Perry. Finally, in July, they bought a mansion of their own in the wealthy community of Montecito, where they remain at this time.