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How the Queen Shut Down the Sussexes's Request for "Living Quarters" at Windsor Castle

Cosmopolitan 2 hrs ago Mehera Bonner

Attn @ everyone who lives at the cross section of royal family drama and royal family real estate: There's some new juicy info about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's near-move into Windsor Castle.

As a reminder, royal reporter Katie Nicholl recently revealed in her book The New Royals that Meghan and Harry originally wanted to move into Windsor Castle after their wedding. Obviously, this didn't end up happening and they moved into Frogmore Cottage—which is on the Windsor estate.

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So, what's the latest? The Express just dusted off an old piece of reporting from The Times that was published shortly after all of this all went down. The outlet claimed that Meghan and Harry had "set their hearts" on Windsor Castle and were "believed to have asked the Queen if living quarters could be made available after their marriage." However, according to The Times the Queen "politely but firmly denied" the request.

Royal author Hugo Vickers also told the outlet, “There are empty bedrooms and suites in the private apartments which the Sussexes may have had their eye on, or perhaps some former living quarters in the castle grounds converted into other things. But I can see how it might not be entirely appropriate to have a young family living there.”

Not sure why that would be, but Nicholl spoke to a friend of the Queen's named Lady Elizabeth Anson for her book, who said, “The cottage was a big deal. The Queen’s entrance into the gardens is right next to their cottage. It is essentially her back yard, her solitude, and her privacy. She was giving that up in gifting Harry and Meghan Frogmore Cottage. We all thought it was very big of her. She said, ‘I hope they’ll respect it.’”

FYI, Windsor Castle is currently vacant, and since Prince William and Kate Middleton have zero interest in moving there, The Sun is out here reporting on "the prospect of Prince Harry and Meghan moving there, should they decide to return to the UK.”

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