Meghan Markle and Harry: experts on Eugenie living in Frogmore
Meghan and Harry left Frogmore Cottage in March this year, when they moved to the Duchess of Sussex’s childhood state in California. They quickly bought the first house they had ever owned together – a sprawling mansion in Santa Barbara, which cost around £ 11million. Despite having left the royal front line, the couple have made it clear that they want to retain ownership of Windsor as a British base.
Reports also claimed that Harry had paid a substantial lump sum as rent for the property.
So it was rather surprising when it emerged last month that Harry had given the keys to his house to his future cousin, Princess Eugenie.
She and her husband, Jack Brooksbank, moved in about six weeks ago as they prepared for the arrival of their firstborn next year.
Buckingham Palace declined to comment on the matter, but some sources said Meghan and Harry were ‘delighted to be able to open their home to Princess Eugnie and Jack as they started their own family’.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry gave the keys to Frogmore Cottage to Princess Eugenie
Eugenie and Jack reportedly left Frogmore Cottage after just six weeks
She and Jack have reportedly moved to their old home, Ivy Cottage’s smaller estate, on the grounds of Kensington Palace.
This stunned some royal watchers, as Frogmore Cottage had seemed perfect for their family – it had already been fitted out for newborn Archie, was close to Eugenie’s parents Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, and his grandparents , the Queen and Prince Philip.
The Sussexes were also going to continue paying rent for it.
However, Eugenie may not enjoy living on the Windsor estate – just like Meghan.
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Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank are expecting their firstborn next year
They said, “She was convinced there was a plot against her so she basically isolated herself when they moved to Frogmore.
“I think she felt like an outsider from the start.
“It wasn’t the life she was used to and she wanted to get out.
While this may reflect Meghan’s attitude to life in the UK as a whole, rather than Windsor in particular, her ‘self-isolation’ at Frogmore away from bustling central London may have added to her. solitude.
Yet Eugenie has more connections in Windsor than the Duchess of Sussex could have, as her family members live nearby.
However, she also spoke about her happiness in London.
She works as an associate director at Hauser & Wirth art gallery, based in Savile Row, London – she has previously spoken of her love for her job and how she moved in the past to work there.
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“I work with colleagues in London as well as with our galleries in Los Angeles, New York, Somerset in the UK and Zurich.”
She added, “I have loved art since I was little. I knew I certainly wouldn’t be a painter but I knew this was the industry for me.
Eugenie was also reportedly inclined to return to London to be closer to her sister, Princess Beatrice, who is said to be living in Nottingham Cottage on the grounds of Kensington Palace.
In a joint interview with Vogue in 2018, Eugenie said they were “each other’s rocks,” and “the only person in each other’s lives who can know exactly what the hell is going through. ‘other”.
She explained that during a garden party, her sister “had a little shaking and cried” so Eugenie “took care of her”.
She continued, “And then about an hour later, I had a wobble and started to cry and Bea was there for me.
Although Beatrice may have been the support figure Eugenie wanted to be close – rather than Frogmore – Meghan’s best friend is said to be her mother, Doria Ragland.
Now that she and Harry have returned to the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, the couple can see her regularly.
Eugenie is very close to her older sister, Béatrice
Beatrice is believed to live in Nottingham Cottage in Kensington Palace
They said, “It hasn’t been easy for Harry.
“He had a much more settled life in England and he doesn’t really know anyone in Los Angeles.
“I imagine he may be feeling a little bit what she felt in the UK: lonely and without direction.
It’s unclear whether the Sussexes will travel to Britain next time.
Some speculate that this decision by Eugenie and Jack could indicate that Meghan and Harry wish to return to the UK soon.
However, Eugenie might just want to spend Christmas in London and thus return to the Windsor property at some point after the holiday season.