London – Great Britain King Charles III has urged Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, to vacate their UK home, Frogmore Cottage, which was gifted to them by the late Queen Elizabeth II, according to a report by British newspaper The Sun. The house was reportedly offered to Charles disgraced brother Prince Andrewwho, according to the tabloid, “resists” settling in the royal residence.
Harry and Meghan who gave up their full-time royal duties and now live in California with their two children, are arranging to take the rest of their belongings out of the cottage and ship them to the US, The Sun said.
Buckingham Palace has not commented on the story and generally does not speak out on matters the royal family considers private.
CBS News contacted Harry and Meghan’s Archewell organization for comment from the couple on this story, but had received no response at the time of publication.
Frogmore Cottage is set in the extensive grounds of Windsor Castle, the main residence of British monarchs for hundreds of years, to the west of London. Harry and Meghan renovated the cottage for around £2.4million (about US$2.9million) between 2018 and 2019. The renovation was originally paid for by British taxpayers through the royal family’s sovereign grant, but the cost was repaid by Prince Harry.
According to The Sun, after paying back the cost of the renovation, Harry made a deal with his family to continue renting the house for “several years”.
After relocating to live full-time in California, the couple kept Frogmore Cottage as their UK home. Last year they celebrated their daughter Lilibet’s first birthday there and also used it to attend Queen Elizabeth’s funeral.
But given the acrimony between the young royals and Harry’s family, which was reportedly becoming more strained Release of Harry’s anthology “Spare” in January they largely kept their distance.
In 2020, Harry’s cousin Princess Eugenie, Andrew’s daughter, and her husband stayed at Frogmore Cottage, but the couple have since moved.
Harry and Meghan were given an eviction notice days after Harry’s book was published, The Sun said, and they were not offered alternative residency in the UK by the royal family.
Prince Andrew could reportedly lose his current home on the grounds of the Windsor estate he shares with ex-wife Sarah Ferguson because King Charles plans to cut his brother’s royal bursary, which effectively amounts to an allowance of more than £250,000 per person equals year, reports The Sun.
It is still unclear whether Harry and Meghan will be invited to King Charles’ coronation ceremony in May.