Meghan and Harry: Host on 'poor investment' Frogmore Cottage
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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry now live in Los Angeles, but their time in the UK after their wedding gave the Royal Family a significant boost according to a recent study. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s short stint at Frogmore Cottage, opposite Frogmore House, was the most popular destination for royal fans to visits in 2019 and 2020.
According to data compiled by Statista, the time the Duke and Duchess of Sussex lived in Frogmore Cottage, the neighbouring Frogmore House and Windsor Castle were the most popular Royal Estate to visit from April 1, 2019, to March 31, 2020.
Income from ticket admissions to the Royal Estate exceeded £48 million in 2018/19, in addition to over £21 million in retail sales.
Frogmore Cottage lies opposite Frogmore House, one of Windsor’s largest properties – and a small glimpse of the former Sussex cottage can be seen from the house.
The couple moved into Frogmore Cottage just a few weeks before their son, Archie, was born in 2019.
The pair ordered an extensive renovation on the property, thought to have cost almost £2 million.
The house reportedly has five bedrooms and a nursery, and the renovations were overseen by the Duchess of Sussex herself with the help of interior designer Vicky Charles.
The cottage home backs onto the enormous Home Park, which is 655 acres of stunning gardens.
The estate is only open to the public for just six days a year, and even then, access to most parts of the royal grounds is restricted.
The grounds are full of enormous trees, lakes, and lush flowers, not far from the centre of the Berkshire town.
It sits separate from Windsor Great Park – the grounds belonging to Windsor Castle.
However, the Castle, where the Queen regularly stays, is just a short walk from Frogmore Cottage.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex eventually left the property following their exit from royal life in March 2020.
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The family relocated to Canada, then on to California, where Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland lives.
The house was meant to be kept as a UK outpost for the couple should they return to Britain at any point – but this has only happened once so far when Prince Harry came back for the funeral of his grandfather Prince Philip in April this year.
The home was given temporarily to Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank in November 2020, ahead of the birth of their first child.
It is reported they moved out some weeks later back to Nottingham Cottage on the grounds of Kensington Palace.
Prior to the Sussexes, the house has played host to a number of famous royals.
Built in 1792, previous residents include the wife of George III, Queen Charlotte, in an escape from the palace.
Another notable resident was Abdul Karim, a servant to Queen Victoria, who struck up a close relationship with the monarch after he was selected at her Golden Jubilee.
Another iconic tenant was Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna, who was given refuge at Frogmore Cottage following the 1918 murder of Tsar Nicholas II and his family.
King George V sent a warship to Russia to bring the duchess, who was one of his cousins, and her remaining family to the UK.
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