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These Are the Updates Being Done to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Frogmore Cottage Home

Cosmopolitan logo Cosmopolitan 3/8/2019 Alanna Lauren Greco, Amanda Lundgren
Prince Harry wearing a suit and tie: A source shares the updates being done to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Frogmore Cottage house - read more here. © Joe Giddens - PA Images - Getty Images A source shares the updates being done to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Frogmore Cottage house - read more here.

Not only do Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have a new baby to look forward to come spring, but that's also when their new house, Frogmore Cottage, will be fully renovated and ready for the royal couple to move in.

Late November Kensington Palace announced that Harry and Megs were making the move to Windsor. Kensington Palace is pretty cramped and busy, so Frogmore will allow Meg and Harry to have a quiet home to raise their little bb in. But before they can rest easy, there's a lotttt of work being done on the house to make it exactly how they want it. So, what exactly is going on with the reno? Let us explain.

Tbh it's kind of a fixer-upper.

Frogmore Cottage-which is actually more like a mini-mansion than a cottage-is currently pretty dilapidated. So the house is currently going through a huge refurbishment that will convert five separate apartments (which were previously housing royal staff) into one spacious home for Harry, Meg, their baby, and their doggos.

But it'll still be modern and chic, obviously.

Apparently, sources say the refurbishments will including installing a yoga studio with a special floor, "an elaborate Gone With The Wind-style double staircase" to replace "the hotchpotch of stairs criss-crossing the interior," and new grand fireplaces in "principal rooms." Sounds ~fancy~. And both Meghan and Harry are contributing in their own ways.

"They are going all out with the refurbishment of the house, and as Harry loves his gadgets, it’s going to be very cool," a source said. "They’ll be able to control everything from their smart phones."

So Harry's all about the high-tech life, but Meg appreciates the classic home design techniques. She wrote all about the ancient Chinese art of feng shui on her old lifestyle blog, The Tig, so she's no doubt going to make sure their space is zen AF.

They're being as extra as humanly possible with the baby nursery.

Only the best for the royal baby, right? The nursery will feature vegan eucalyptus-infused paint, a gender-neutral gray-and-white color scheme, a camera monitoring system, and security windows. Honestly, this baby is going to be living more lavishly than I ever will, but it's fine.

Plus, they're giving Meghan's mom, Doria Ragland, her own room for when she comes to visit and help out with the baby. Thoughtful!

Meghan Markle in a car posing for the camera: Preparations for Royal Wedding of Harry and Meghan © WPA Pool - Getty Images Preparations for Royal Wedding of Harry and Meghan

Okay, that's fine and cool, but what does the house actually LOOK like?

The house is currently covered in a huge white marquee, blocking any of these renovations from being seen by the public. And speaking of the house's privacy, it's makeover will also include "new walls, anti-intruder landscaping, and high-security gates" for Harry and Meghan's protection. But we do have some idea of what the inside will look like.

According to The Sun, Meghan and Harry have hired Vicky Charles to oversee the redesign. She's previously worked for their friends, the Clooneys and the Beckhams. Vicky is also a top designer at the ~exclusive~ members-only club, SoHo House, which is reportedly what Harry and Meghan want their home to be modeled after.

Now what a SoHo House looks like, I can't really tell you, because (1) I will never have enough clout to step into one and (2) They have a strict #NoPicturesPlease rule, but allegedly they're inspired by 1920s and 30s design.

a group of people sitting at a dining room table: The theater inside of one of the London SoHo House locations does indeed look v 1920s-inspired. © David M. Benett - Getty Images The theater inside of one of the London SoHo House locations does indeed look v 1920s-inspired.

Bottom line: This reno ain't cheap.

Palace officials haven't disclosed the official total cost of the renovation, but the Daily Mail reports that it will add up about £3 million (aka $3,855,000). Casual! Harry and Meg are reportedly paying for the decorative work inside the house, but taxpayer money is likely being used as well to cover the cost.

Related video: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are moving out of Kensington Palace [via Today]



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