It's Flip or Flop, royal edition. Bidding farewell to the luxurious Kensington Palace, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry plan to migrate their soon-to-be family of three to the country, where they'll shack up at Frogmore Cottage as part of Queen Elizabeth II's Windsor Estate (casual). But despite the new digs being royal property and all, the pair will seemingly have their work cut out for them in the renovations department.
Royal biographer Ingrid Seward tells People that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's humble abode is actually "pretty dilapidated now." Not exactly the best starter home to raise your family. However, Seward notes the couple has landscaping plans under way to spruce up the grounds, as well as the construction of a nursery fit for a royal baby.
According to People, Harry and Meghan—who is due this upcoming spring—will update the former staff residences as part of their new dwelling. While Kate Middleton and Prince William initially set up shop at the palace, another royal source also tells People that Meghan and Harry's retreat to countryside means "more space for children." Children, plural!
Prior to their engagement, speculations had arisen that the lovebirds were house hunting in the Cotswolds, another more low-key locale near London. We now know these rumors to be false, but it nods to the Duke of Sussex's apparent affinity for more secluded spots. "Harry feels very imprisoned at Kensington Palace," Seward added. "He can’t wait to get out."
Despite Frogmore Cottage's laundry list of refurbishments, which The Sun reports may set the royal fam back a few million pounds, the estate features a whopping 35 acres and 10 bedrooms (lots of rooms to fill, Harry and Meg). And according to royal correspondent Emily Andrews via Twitter, the property faces Frogmore House, the spot where the pair shot their memorable engagement photos and enjoyed their wedding after-party. Oh, the sentiment.
The Sun reports that more in-depth construction plans are being kept under wraps due to "sensitive information," but no one can renovate like the royals, so we're sure it will be worthy of its own HGTV special when it's all done.