Prince Harry and Meghan have renewed their lease on Frogmore Cottage in an unexpected move that suggests the couple may have plans for more frequent visits to the UK.
Ahead of next week’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank have vacated the property as the Sussexes will be staying there during their time in the UK.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have allowed the use of the five-bedroom house while they live in their £13million Californian manison.
A source said that the lease renewal is a ‘signal that they aren’t going to disappear’ as they could ‘easily give up Frogmore’ since they now live full-time in the US.
‘By agreeing to extend the lease, and with Jack and Eugenie focusing on Portugal, they have a firm presence smack bang in the middle of Windsor court where it’s all happening,’ the source told The Sun.
‘They can now come and go any time they please. The coming year could be one of the most tumultuous in royal history and the Sussexes are making sure they have a foothold in Windsor.’
The family have been allowed the use of the five-bedroom house by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex while they live in California
The Sun reported that royal insiders believe that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex plan on spending more time in Windsor.
However, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were reported to have been interested in Frogmore themselves. The couple are said to have viewed homes nearby as they consider a ‘potential move’ in the summer with their three children.
Prince William and Prince Harry also said to be working on improving their bond with regular video calls and messages and are ‘very much back on their old buddy terms’.
An insider explained the tension between the two brothers since the Duke of Sussex, 37, moved to California and quit his role in the royal family is being left in the past as they are now in frequent contact alongside their respective children.
The Brooksbanks have now packed up and moved out for Prince Harry, his wife Meghan and their two children, Archie and Lilibet
Frogmore Cottage is only a short drive away from the Queen’s private apartments at Windsor Castle
The source told The Mirror that Harry and William are having one-to-ones without their wives.
They said: ‘The brothers needed time for everything to settle down. The family, including William, had been disappointed in the way Harry and Meghan chose to leave the royal family.
‘But now there is a strong feeling that what happened is in the past and that they have moved on… It seems that the two of them have healed the rift and are very much back on their old buddy terms.’
Ahead of this week’s Jubilee celebrations, the Queen is set to meet the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s daughter Lilibet for the first time at the soon-to-be one-year-old’s birthday party on Saturday.
The 96-year-old monarch, who Lilibet is named after, is likely to miss her favorite sporting event, the Derby horse races at Epsom, for the little one’s birthday.
Since she was born on 4 June 2021, parents Prince Harry and Meghan have only been to the UK once, in a fleeting visit where they made a detour to see Her Majesty while on their way to the Invictus Games in The Hague in April.
In their first trip to the UK with Archie and Lilibet, Harry, 37, and Meghan, 40, are going to stay at the property during their four-day trip over to the UK for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
Prince Harry and Prince William (pictured with their wives in March 2020) have ‘healed’ their rift with WhatsApp messages and FaceTime calls, according to a source
An insider explained the tension between the two brothers (pictured) since the Duke of Sussex, 37, moved to California and quit his role in the royal family is being left in the past as they are now in frequent contact alongside their respective children
Baby Lilibet, was born in California unlike her brother Archie, three, who was born at London’s Portland Hospital, a Royal favourite. The Queen met Archie two days after he was born on 6 May 2019.
The couple are staying at Frogmore Cottage for the Jubilee, where Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank have been living while the Sussexes live in California.
And Eugenie has made it her home, having recently redecorated the cottage to suit her own style.
Frogmore was converted into one home in 2019 for Harry and Meghan, having previously been five separate properties for staff working on the Windsor Estate.
The whole renovation famously cost the Sovereign Grant £2.4million.
The family home is thought to have five bedrooms, a kitchen, a sitting room and a nursery first designed for Archie.
The Queen will meet the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s daughter Lilibet, pictured right, for the first time at the soon-to-be one-year-old’s birthday party during Jubilee celebrations next weekend. Archie is pictured left with Prince Harry
Eugenie has previously shared glimpses of her interior redesign on Instagram. One photo of Mr Brooksbank asleep with August on his chest showed him a neutral room with a white linen sofa, beige paneled walls and bohemian cream and black scatter cushions.
Eugenie has also been pictured sitting on a cream sofa in front of a blue painted bookshelf in another room. This time she there was far more color with red, fluffy trimmed cushions and a small green cushion with the personalized embroidery ‘August born in February’.
Other photos posted have shown a kitchen with white painted cabinets and a white tiled floor.
The Queen has extended an olive branch to Harry and Meghan, who will join the royal family to celebrate the monarch’s historic Platinum Jubilee during the national Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday.
The 96-year-old monarch, who Lilibet is named after, is likely to miss her favorite sporting event, the Derby horse races at Epsom, for the little one’s birthday. The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh pictured meeting their great grandson, Archie, two days after he was born on 6 May 2019
As revealed by the Daily Mail on Saturday, it is understood that the Sussexes are likely to attend at least one other public engagement – although sources have warned that the public should ‘not expect them at every event’.
Sources say the 96-year-old monarch is ‘looking forward’ to seeing her great-grandchildren, Archie and Lilibet.
The Queen is likely to spend time with the family privately on Saturday, when Lilibet celebrates her first birthday.
Frogmore Cottage is only a short drive away from the Queen’s private apartments at Windsor Castle.