To complete Meghan Markle’s fairytale, the Duchess has now moved into Frogmore Cottage just a stone’s throw from the Queen’s home at Windsor Castle.
Now, after receiving a £3m upgrade, it has been fittingly decorated for a Duchess, and True Royalty is delving deep into the Sussexes’ decor with an exclusive new documentary titled “Meghan Markle: Inside the Home of a Princess”.
Frogmore Cottage has been transformed into the lap of Hollywood-worthy luxury, with velvet sofas, old mirrors and multi-coloured cushions; there’s even an annex where Meghan Markle’s mother Doria Ragland can stay, whenever she chooses to visit.
We take a look inside the spectacular residence that will be Meghan’s refuge from the less glamorous trappings of her newly Royal position; the inescapable glare of the media spotlight, the invasion of privacy, and – sadly – the opposition of some to her having married into the British Royal Family at all.
“They want the craziness of being a member of the Royal family to end when they go inside their homes,” says Royal commentator Omid Scobie, “and it has long been tradition in the Royal Family for newlyweds to receive a home to start their new Royal Family life.”
“We now know that Vicky Childs – the group design director for Soho House for 20 years – has been designing Frogmore Cottage.”
“The Queen is also being very practical in choosing a home for them,” says CNN’s Royal Commentator Victoria Arbiter. “They need somewhere to live that is secure – that affords them the life that they would like to live by giving them enough private space while also recognising that they are Royal. The Queen talks to the couples in question and finds out what it is they would like.”
Queen Elizabeth II has a huge portfolio of properties to choose from in the form of her private estate, and gives a great deal of thought to which buildings would be most suitable for which members of her ever-expanding family.
“Meghan Markle: Inside the Home of a Princess” examines the Sussexes’ new home in the context of other grace and favour properties over the years, taking a look back at Royal residences like Bagshot Park; the gloriously gothic mansion with 57 rooms set in 87 acres, which Prince Edward and Sophie the Countess of Wessex have been lucky enough to call home since they married in 1999.
Meghan and Harry, meanwhile, are known to have more contemporary tastes, and are seeking a ‘cooler’ vibe for Frogmore Cottage – in contrast even to William and Kate’s somewhat traditional living quarters at Kensington Palace.
“Frogmore Cottage has been transformed into the lap of Hollywood-worthy luxury.”
“Meghan has a more relaxed style than Kate,” says Sophia Money-Coutts, former features director at Tatler. “Harry and Meghan’s first date was at an outpost of Soho House…since the very beginning they have been very big fans of this chain that is famous for shabby chic. We now know that Vicky Childs – the group design director for Soho House for 20 years – has been designing Frogmore Cottage.”
What some had hoped and others might have feared, upon the announcement that Meghan Markle would wed Prince Harry, was that this glamorous Hollywood actress would be a modernising influence on the Royals. By making her indelible mark on Frogmore Cottage, she seems set to prove them right.
Find out more about the magnificent homes of the Royals and how each property reflects their character and position in the hierarchy in Meghan Markle: Inside the Home of a Princess.