Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are officially moving out of Kensington Palace, but what's even more intriguing, is that you can visit their future cottage.
Staunch monarchists and rabid rubbernecking royal watchers will be salivating over the news that Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex plan to move to cushy new quarters in 2019. That alone might be news enough, but what's making fans of everything regal going verklempt is that it's a place where folks can actually visit.
The place is a longtime royal repast called Frogmore Cottage, which hardly resembles a cabin in the wild. Instead, it's a two-story structure with a stucco interior and enough interior rooms and space for five families. It's also somewhat run-down, say some insiders as the place hasn't been occupied much of late.
Why the Prince and Duchess (better known as Meghan Markle) want to relocate to the cottage, located in Berkshire some 30 miles west of London, is a hot topic for discussion. But much of the scuttlebutt regarding motive surrounds the couple's impending pitter-patter of little feet, slated to pop this spring.
Besides, there's plenty of room for the new arrival to run around and play outside. And since the couple is serious about starting a family, it made sense to get out of Kensington Palace, where the rest of the royal extended family is staying. Granted that Queen Elizabeth II is 92 and the proud record-holder of the longest reigning monarch in the history of the British Empire would certainly love to have her offspring around while in her twilight years. But it's likely that Harry and Meaghan didn't take much of a shine to live like The Waltons, especially with Granny taking up much of the attention.
For now, folks can visit the currently vacant cottage, as well as the 35 acres of gardens which apparently are ripe for some redevelopment. They're not likely to see any marquee royals in the area collectively known as Frogmore Estate, but what is more likely to greet them are frogs. Lots of them, so many that it was hard to call the estate anything else.
But expect that visitation opportunity to end sometime in June, when the Prince and Duchess are expected to move in with their baby. It may end earlier, pending on the level of renovations and decorating that needs to be done, especially since the couple is notorious for being hands-on in everything that involves them.