Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have officially lost the keys to their former royal accommodations. On March 1, a spokesperson for the couple told POPSUGAR that «we can confirm The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been requested to vacate their residence at Frogmore Cottage.» Reps for Buckingham Palace did not immediately respond to POPSUGAR’s request for comment.
According to the BBC, which cited The Sun, the pair received an eviction notice from Buckingham Palace alerting them that they had lost their UK home, Frogmore Cottage, days after the publication of Harry’s incendiary memoir, «Spare.» The outlet also reported that the cottage has since been offered to Prince Andrew. Additionally, The Sun reported that King Charles III spearheaded the decision to oust Harry and Markle from their former residence.
Harry and Markle were originally gifted Frogmore Cottage by the late Queen Elizabeth II after their wedding in 2018. After spending 2.4 million pounds of taxpayer money on renovations, the pair spent six months there before they made the decision to step back from their positions as senior royals. Harry later paid back the 2.4 million pounds in full, per the BBC.
The couple now live in Montecito, CA, but they returned to Frogmore Cottage in 2022 and celebrated their daughter Lilibet’s first birthday there. Harry published his memoir in January, which contained various allegations about the royal family, including claims that Prince William physically attacked him during an argument about Markle.
Andrew, who is said to have been offered Frogmore Cottage, stepped down as a working royal in 2019 after being accused of sexual abuse by Virginia Giuffre, which he has denied. He currently lives in the nearby 31-room Royal Lodge in Windsor Great Park, Berkshire.