MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry wanted to move in with his grandparents and set up home in Windsor Castle, reports say.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are said to have asked the Queen if living quarters in the historic castle could be made available for them after they were married.
The five-bedroom cottage was given an extensive makeover recently, costing the taxpayer an estimated £2.4million.
Windsor Castle is the Queen’s official residence over Easter and June and she spends most of her weekends there as well.
Hugo Vickers, a royal author and a deputy lord lieutenant of Berkshire, told The Times: “There are empty bedrooms and suites in the private apartments which the Sussexes may have had their eye on, or perhaps some former living quarters in the castle grounds converted into other things.
“But I can see how it might not be entirely appropriate to have a young family living there.”
Royal aides told the paper that Windsor was a “special place” for Prince Harry and Meghan.
The royal couple were married in St George’s Chapel in May last year and they had their son christened at the castle as well.
The original castle in Berkshire dates back to the 11th century when construction was started following the Norman invasion of England by William the Conqueror.
Since the time of Henry I it has been used by the reigning monarch.
Henry III built a luxurious royal palace within the castle during the middle of the 13th century which were later expanded upon by Edward III.
Frogmore Cottage, in the grounds of Frogmore House on the royal estate, was built in 1801.
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