Queen Elizabeth May Give Prince Harry and Meghan Markle a Country Home as a Wedding Gift


Updated 04/30/18

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Since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have specified to their wedding guests that, rather than gifts, they'd prefer donations made in their names to several of their favorite charities, their family members are having to think beyond the registry. Queen Elizabeth, for one, has reportedly landed on the perfect gift for the couple who has everything: Harry's grandma is supposedly planning on gifting him and Markle their own country home after they say "I do" on May 19. NBD.

According to Australia's 9News network, sources told the Herald Sun that Queen Elizabeth is reportedly considering giving Harry and Meghan York Cottage, a sizable home on the grounds of the Queen's own Sandringham House country estate in Norfolk, England. The gift would certainly make sense if QE2 is concerned with not appearing to play favorites with her grandchildren, since she gifted Anmer Hall, another home on the Sandringham estate that's reportedly located near York Cottage, to Prince William and Kate Middleton on the occasion of their own 2011 wedding.

David McClure, a royal finance expert, told the Herald Sun that it's traditional to pass on vacant country estates to members of the royal family in honor of their weddings. "It's their sanctuary, it keeps them sane. William and Kate would do that with Anmer, they'd just disappear," McClure said. "William got a place on the Sandringham estate at Anmer and my hunch is that if [Harry] gets a place in the country, he and Meghan might want to be nearer London and as such somewhere in the Home Counties might be preferable. But it might well depend on what land is available either from the Queen's private estate."

Whether or not Queen Elizabeth ends up giving Harry and Meghan an entire house next month, she definitely will be bestowing upon the newlyweds their official royal titles come May 19. Per royal tradition, the queen will give the bride and groom two titles each: one English title and another to be used in Scotland. As previously reported, the popular assumption is that Harry and Meghan will become the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in England, and the Earl and Countess of Ross in Scotland.

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