According to Buckingham Palace, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have formally left Frogmore Cottage.
Six months after they were allegedly asked to leave their former home on the King’s Windsor Estate, Prince Harry and Meghan have reportedly packed up their belongings.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have left Frogmore Cottage, the Keeper of the Privy Purse, Sir Michael Stevens, announced. The Duke and Duchess have reimbursed the Sovereign Grant for the costs associated with the renovation of Frogmore Cottage, leaving the Crown with a significantly improved asset.
Before Harry and Meghan moved in, the property, which was previously divided into flats, underwent £2.4 million in renovations.
They stayed there as their UK base for just six months before declaring their intention to leave the UK and begin a new life abroad.
Later, the couple agreed to lease Frogmore Cottage for “several years” in exchange for paying back the cost of the renovations.
But after the release of Prince Harry’s memoir Spare, they reportedly received a request to leave in January of this year.
Despite rumors that the Duke of York has been offered the five-bedroom home to free up his current residence, Royal Lodge, palace officials declined to speculate on who might move in. The Sovereign Grant funding is unrelated to his personal lease arrangement.
Harry last visited the UK earlier this month when he testified in court regarding his alleged hacking claim against Mirror Group Newspapers (MGN). Previously, he had only been in the country for a brief period of time in May to attend his father the King’s coronation.
The Sussexes left their position as senior royals in 2020 and moved to the US. They now live in Montecito, Santa Barbara, with their children, Prince Archie, 4, and Princess Lilibet, 2, and have done so since.
Level II listed The late Queen Elizabeth II, Harry’s grandmother, gave the couple Frogmore as a gift.