The disdain for the royal residence made Meghan Markle unhappy and may have been a factor in her decision to return to America, a royal commentator has suggested. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex moved to Nottingham Cottage after their marriage, but the actress did not like it.
The author of the scandal of the royal palaces, Tom Quinn, suggested that Meghan wanted to move to the luxurious Kensington Palace to prepare for married life with Prince Harry. However, they were told that they would be staying at Nottingham Cottage, a two-bedroom residence on the grounds of Kensington Palace.
He claimed that she felt “alienated” when she received these orders. He told The Mirror’s Pod Save the Queen podcast that the 42-year-old was “attracted” to the idea of royal family life, but was disappointed to discover that she would be staying in a “little hut” rather than a palace.
The expert said: “I don’t think she really liked it that much. It looked like they were being diverted to a small prefabricated house on the site.”
Her comments contradict what the authors of Finding Freedom, Carolyn Durand and Omid Scobie, said when they wrote that Meghan was thrilled to be living in the bungalow. They said: “After months of long-distance travel, Meghan was thrilled to finally share a postcode, W8 4PY, with her partner.”
“She felt at home at [Nottingham Cottage] with Harry – she always managed to thrive where she was planted, but did not move to London to start a new job. She moved to London to start a new life.”
Nottingham Cottage was the couple’s first marital home, gifted by the late Queen Elizabeth. They then moved to Frogmore Cottage in Windsor, before fleeing the UK in 2020 to pursue their Hollywood dreams and move to a luxurious villa in Montecito, California, which are no longer high-ranking members of the royal family.
The couple hinted at their negative opinion of their first estate in the Netflix series Harry & Meghan, with the Duke describing it as”lean” with”low ceilings”. In the meantime, Meghan called him”little “.”
Prince Harry said: “As far as people are concerned, we lived in a palace. [But] we lived in a country house. On the castle grounds. Kensington Palace, of course, looks very majestic, it says palace in the name. But Nottingham, the cottage, was small.”
But Prince William and Kate Middleton never complained when they lived in the same house for two years after their marriage in 2011, before moving to apartment 1A at Kensington Palace. Harry and Meghan would have had the chance to do the same if they hadn’t gone to America.
It is believed that the royal family has not given the Duke and Duchess of Sussex access to their former home Frogmore Cottage since moving to the United States, which means that they will not be able to visit them very often. Harry and Markle got married in 2018 at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.