Meghan Markle news: Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry hand over Frogmore Cottage | Royal | News (Reports)

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Meghan and Harry caused a global sensation in January when they announced their plan to step down as senior members of the Royal Family. The couple are currently living in California, Meghan’s home state.

According to Eugenie and Jack moved into Frogmore Cottage, near Windsor, about two weeks ago.

Speaking to the paper a source said: “Removal vans pitched up in the dead of the night and cleared out the cottage.

“They definitely did not want to be seen.

“Emptying their home and handing over the keys is a pretty strong sign Harry and Meghan have no plans to return.

“It appears they are tying up loose ends as they plan to extend their stay in the US perhaps permanently.”

Harry and Meghan were given Frogmore Cottage as a gift by The Queen in April 2018 shortly before their wedding.

The property was then extensively furnished under the expectation it would become their main home.

However in January the Duke and Duchess announced their plan to leave royal service and become “financially independent” whilst splitting their time between North America and Britain.

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Speaking to a source said the property would be ideal for Eugenie and Jack to raise a family in.

They commented: “Frogmore was kitted out to Meghan and Harry’s tastes with son Archie in mind, so it is the perfect place for a couple to bring up a baby.

“It has the bonus of being around the corner from her parents and, of course, the Queen.

“Harry and Meghan didn’t fancy Frogmore for whatever reason but Jack and Eugenie are delighted with it.”

It is understood the move followed a private agreement between Princess Eugenie and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

However it is believed Meghan and Harry will retain legal ownership of the property.

Buckingham Palace chose not to comment on the exact financial arrangement.

In August it was revealed Meghan and Harry had purchased a new £11.2million home in Santa Barbara, to the north of Los Angeles.

The property reportedly comes complete with a tennis court, swimming pool and children’s cottage.

A number of other celebrities, such as Oprah Winfrey and Gwyneth Paltrow, also live in the area.

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