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Nottingham Cottage is Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's cosy first home - tucked away in the grounds of Kensington Palace

Mirror logo Mirror 2018-04-11 Zoe Shenton

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Since announcing their engagement, Meghan Markle has been settling into her new life in London with her husband-to-be Prince Harry.

a view of a city: Credits: PA © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: PA And her new home already has plenty of fond memories for the former Suits actress as it's the place where lovestruck Prince Harry, 33, proposed over a roast chicken dinner.

a group of people in a garden: Credits: PA © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: PA The US star, 36, also spent some of the festive season there in 2016 and even picked out a tree from a local store with Harry.

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle are posing for a picture: Credits: REUTERS © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: REUTERS Nottingham Cottage, a modest 1,300-square-foot, two-bedroom abode, is tucked away in the grounds of Kensington Palace.

“It’s a lovely, classic Victorian cottage. It’s probably two-up, three [rooms] down. It’s not very big, incredibly small," former police protection officer Ken Wharfe told People magazine.

a building with a grassy field: Credits: PA © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: PA While it is the smallest abode on the estate, it boasts reception rooms designed by Sir Christopher Wren and a small garden, where Harry slung up a hammock when he first moved into the property.

Wharfe added: “They are well restored, typical country cottages and originally used for the estate workers. In the past 40 years or so they’ve been accommodation for senior members of the household.

a view of a city: Credits: PA © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: PA “They’ll be updated but there certainly wouldn’t be room for servants. Not far from there are apartments, almshouses that housed some of Princess Margaret’s staff.”

The pair are also just next door to Prince William and Kate, who previously lived in the cottage before they moved into the 20-room Apartment 1A inside the palace.

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The cottage was also home to Princess Diana's sister, Lady Jane Fellowes and her husband Sir Robert Fellowes, the Queen's former secretary.

Beginning her new life as a princess, Meghan can expect to be waited on hand and foot with valets, dressers, hairdressers, chefs and butlers at the ready.

Meghan Markle smiling for the camera: Credits: Getty Images Europe © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: Getty Images Europe The Queen will lend her priceless tiaras, and couturiers will rush to be given the chance to design her gowns.

And as an HRH, Meghan will be entitled to round-the-clock security, with her own personal protection officer paid for by the taxpayer.

Harry has grown accustomed to the intrusion since childhood, but Meghan will have to adjust to a lifetime of being guarded by the Metropolitan Police's Protection Command.

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