Meghan Markle and Prince Harry transfer to Frogmore Cottage Windsor life-style George and Amal
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will soon leave the bright lights of London for the relative quiet of Windsor, but that doesn’t mean they will need to give up the finer things in life to which they are both accustomed.
Indeed Harry, 34, and Meghan, 37, will have access to some of the very best restaurants, hotels and schools the country has to offer when they relocate to Frogmore Cottage ahead of their baby’s arrival next spring.
The royal residence, once home to Queen Victoria’s manservant Abdul Karim, is situated in the private home park and looks out onto the stunning grounds of Frogmore House, which Harry and Meghan chose as the location for their formal engagement photoshoot.
On the move: Duke and Duchess of Sussex will move to Frogmore Cottage, Windsor, next year. The couple chose Frogmore House as the backdrop for their engagement portraits, pictured
And the couple will not be short of company, notes the Daily Telegraph. There is a well-heeled set of Berkshire-based celebrities and society figures who are posh enough to rival even the ‘Turnip toffs’ who William and Kate, socialize with at their Norfolk country home.
Among their number are George and Amal Clooney, whose sprawling home is a 30-minute drive from Windsor, and Sir Elton John and David Furnish, who frequently host parties in the grounds of their Old Windsor estate.
Both couples were guests at Harry and Meghan’s nuptials in the royal town in May.
Once the Duchess welcomes her child, she will join the ranks of the area’s yummy mummy contingent, who enjoy mother and baby yoga lessons and catch up over coffee at Coworth Park – where Meghan watched Harry play polo in June.
Here, a closer look at how the royal couple might spend their time…
New beginnings: Harry and Meghan’s new home of Frogmore Cottage, pictured, is situated in the private Home Park and looks out onto the stunning grounds of Frogmore House
Frogmore Cottage affords the newlyweds more privacy than they have ever previously enjoyed, which is likely to have been the deciding factor in choosing their first family home.
Harry and Meghan will renovate the cottage ahead of moving in and are likely to make the most of the space by adding touches like a home gym – and a nursery.
The cottage is currently divided into five separate units where palace staff have been living.
Harry and Meghan hosted their private evening wedding party and shot their engagement photos on the grounds, and a statement from Kensington Palace described it as a ‘very special place’ for the couple.
Kensington palace said in a statement: ‘The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will move to Frogmore Cottage on the Windsor Estate early next year as they prepare for the arrival of their first child.
‘The couple have lived at Nottingham Cottage since their engagement last year. Windsor is a very special place for their Royal Highnesses and they are grateful that their official residence will be on the estate.
‘The Duke and Duchess’s office will continue to be based at Kensington Palace.’
Down the road: Further down the Thames, near the village of Sonning, is the riverside home of George and Amal Clooney (pictured at the royal wedding) and their twins, Alexander and Ella
While they will only be a short drive from their London-based social circle, there will also be plenty of opportunity for Harry and Meghan to catch up with friends based in Berkshire.
Sir Elton, a close friend of Harry’s late mother, has owned a 37-acre estate in Old Windsor since 1975.
In the decades since he has made a number of upgrades to the property, including installing an indoor pool and a waterfall in the gardens.
The property, which is home to Elton’s husband David and their two sons in the UK, is also the location of The White Tie and Tiara Ball, an annual charitable ball held to raise money for the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
Further down the Thames, near the village of Sonning, is the riverside home of George and Amal Clooney and their twins, Alexander and Ella.
The couple bought the Grade II listed property for a reported £10million in 2014, the year they were married, and spent their honeymoon there, living in unfurnished rooms.
It has since undergone extensive work to transform it into a home fit for Hollywood royalty.
Well-heeled: Swiss billionaire Urs Schwarzenbach and his wife Francesca Schwarzenbach-Mulhall, godmother to Lady Louise Windsor, own an 18th century house on the Thames
Berkshire is also home to a number of high net worth families with plenty of land and money to spend.
Among them is Swiss billionaire Urs Schwarzenbach, who has an impressive property portfolio, including a Scottish estate and a five-star hotel in Zurich. His British homes include 18th century Culham Court, a grade II listed house near Henley-on-Thames.
His wife, Francesca Schwarzenbach-Mulhall, has royal connections and is the godmother of Prince Harry’s cousin Lady Louise Windor, daughter of Prince Edward and the Countess of Wessex.
Also nearby are MP Richard Benyon and his well-connected wife, Zoe. Zoe is co-founder of luxury jewelery brand Robinson Pelham, which designed a pair of custom earrings worn by the Duchess of Cambridge on her wedding day in 2011.
When Kate’s younger sister Pippa tied the knot in May last year she also turned to the high-end jewelery brand, this time for her delicate bridal tiara.
Schools fit for a royal
Royal pedigree: Ludgrove School, which both Prince William and Prince Harry both attended
Not only does Windsor boast high-quality nurseries like Puddleduck Preschool, but it is also the location of a number of royal-approved schools.
Prince Harry’s cousins Princess Beatrice, 30, and Princess Eugenie, 28, both started their schooling at the independent Upton House School, which offers education to children as young as two.
There are a total of 33 extra-curricular clubs at the school, including ballet, journalism and computer coding.
A short drive away is Prince Harry’s own former school, Ludgrove, which takes boys aged eight to 13. Prince William also spent five years at the school.
Michelin-star dining and five-star hotels
Dining out: Across the border in Buckinghamshire – and not to be overlooked- there is the Hand and Flowers in Marlow, which has the honor of being the only two Michelin star pub in the UK
There is no shortage of fine-dining in Berkshire, giving Harry and Meghan plenty of choice when it comes to eating out.
The county is home to two restaurants with three Michelin stars: Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck and Waterside Inn, by Michel and Albert Roux, both situated in the small village of Bray.
Across the border in Buckinghamshire – and not to be overlooked – there is the Hand and Flowers in Marlow, which has the honor of being the only two Michelin star pub in the UK.
And if Meghan and Harry were to ever want a night away from their royal abode, there is also a choice of five-star hotels, with Cliveden House and Coworth Park both nearby.
The Duchess has already stayed at Coworth Park, opting to spend the night before her wedding on the impressive Ascot estate.
Harry’s favorite hobby
The polo playing prince! Much of the local social scene revolves around polo, which just so happens to be one of Prince Harry’s favorite hobbies. Pictured, the royal at Coworth Park in 2015
Much of the local social scene revolves around polo, which just so happens to be one of Prince Harry’s favorite hobbies, the Daily Telegraph notes.
Last year he and Meghan made headlines when they were spotted kissing in a car park following a match at Coworth Park and this June the newly minted Duchess was among the spectators at the Sentebale Polo Cup at the Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club.
Home Park also offers plenty of opportunity for horse riding, with the Queen still seen taking her ponies out in the grounds.
Meanwhile Harry’s grandfather Prince Philip, 97, and cousin Lady Louise Windsor, 15, use the land for carriage driving.