Princess Eugenie: Expert on baby’s impact on succession line
Eugenie revealed on Instagram in September that she and her husband Jack Brooksbank are expecting their first child in “early 2021”. She shared an adorable snap of a pair of baby shoes with the announcement. Two months later, it emerged that Eugenie and Jack had moved to Frogmore Cottage, the former abode of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
It looked like the couple’s baby was going to enjoy the “really lovely” home and gardens just like Meghan had hoped her son, Archie Harrison, might be able to.
Mysteriously, however, Eugenie and Jack moved out again after just six weeks and returned to Ivy Cottage, their place in Kensington Palace.
Frogmore Cottage is a Grade II listed home near Windsor Castle gifted to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex by the Queen.
The Sussexes had major renovations made to the house, costing the taxpayer £2.4million, which Harry paid back after stepping down as a senior royal.
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Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank
Eugenie and Jack have moved out of Frogmore Cottage
The couple had hoped they would raise their son Archie there, but they have now moved to the US and bought a huge mansion in Montecito, California.
They were able to afford the repayment on Frogmore Cottage and the deposit for their house after signing a deal with Netflix, reportedly worth more than £100million.
It is unclear whether Eugenie and her husband, who she tied the knot with in October 2018, will be moving back to Frogmore Cottage in the future or remaining in London.
If they were to return to Windsor, their child would get to enjoy the wonders of the area, including the huge private gardens, which at one point Meghan and Harry were “excited for Archie to experience”.
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A confidante of the Duchess spoke to the authors of Finding Freedom, a book about Meghan and Harry’s journey in the Royal Family, about this.
They told Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand about Frogmore: “As a place to raise a child, it’s really lovely.
“They could open their door and have all of those private gardens.
“Both of them felt it would be a really positive thing for their child to be there, go on walks privately.
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Princess Eugenie is expecting a baby in early 2021
“While it wasn’t something they had considered before, once it became an option, they were both really excited about it.”
What’s more, Frogmore Cottage had a “special place in their hearts”, according to a source close to the couple.
This is because when they were falling in love, they were able to enjoy long walks on the private grounds of Frogmore House without fear of the paparazzi.
It was also the site of their engagement photos and wedding reception.
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It was reported that Eugenie and Jack were “delighted” with the five-bedroom property.
Had they remained, they would be living closer to the princess’ parents Prince Andrew and Sarah, Duchess of York, who live four miles away at The Royal Lodge, Great Windsor Park.
They were also less than a mile away from Windsor Castle, where the Queen is spending lockdown with Prince Philip.
One insider told the Daily Mail: “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.”
Sadly, however, there is no indication that Eugenie will be moving back to Frogmore Cottage.
Their departure sparked wild speculation as to why two families have now moved out of the house.
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‘Finding Freedom’ was written by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand and published by HQ in 2020. It is available here.