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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry give the keys to Frogmore Cottage to pregnant Princess Eugenie.


Meghan Markle and Prince Harry reportedly turned over the keys to Frogmore Cottage to Princess Eugenie after clearing the property "in the middle of the night".

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who currently live in a £ 11 million mansion in California, reportedly emptied the house, which is a "pretty strong sign" according to insiders. The couple have "no plans to return".

Eugenie, 30, and her husband Jack Brooksbank, 34, moved into the five-bedroom house in Windsor two weeks ago, according to The Sun.

The couple, who got married at St. George & # 39; s Chapel in October 2018, are expecting their first child in the new year and are said to be "thrilled" with Frogmore Cottage.

A source said Harry and Meghan shipped their belongings to California after "moving trucks were opened in the middle of the night and the cabin was cleared."

The couple spent £ 2.4m in the Sovereign Grant on home renovations – a public-funded expense that was controversial after quitting as working royals in March.

But the Sussexes fully reimbursed taxpayers for the renovation costs in September.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry (pictured) reportedly handed the keys to Frogmore Cottage to Princess Eugenie after clearing the property "in the middle of the night".

30-year-old Eugenie and her 34-year-old husband Jack Brooksbank (pictured) moved into the five-bedroom house in Windsor two weeks ago

30-year-old Eugenie and her 34-year-old husband Jack Brooksbank (pictured) moved into the five-bedroom house in Windsor two weeks ago

The source added: "Emptying their home and handing over the keys is a pretty strong sign that Harry and Meghan have no plans to return.

"It looks like they are clarifying open questions as they plan to possibly extend their stay in the US permanently."

Last night, a source said Harry and Meghan will be keeping Frogmore Cottage as their UK home and suggested they share it with Eugenie and Mr Brooksbank when visiting the UK.

The suspicion was reportedly raised after lights were discovered inside the hut about two weeks ago. Employees are said to have been sent in to prepare the house for its new tenants.

Princess Eugenie, the younger daughter of Prince Andrew and his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson, and Mr Brooksbank had lived in Ivy Cottage at Kensington Palace.

The couple will now be much closer to the princess's parents, who live four miles away at the Royal Lodge, Windsor Great Park, and less than a mile from Windsor Castle, where the Queen is with Prince Philip.

The property that the Queen gave the couple prior to their wedding in May 2018 remains Harry and Meghan's residence in the UK.

The insider added: "Frogmore was designed with son Archie in mind to Meghan and Harry's tastes, so it's the perfect place for a couple to raise a baby."

Buckingham Palace said it was unable to comment on whether Princess Eugenie and her husband will be paying rent on the Crown Estate property – and if so, to whom – or how long the agreement should last.

A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: "Frogmore Cottage is the private residence of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and as such all arrangements are theirs."

The couple, who got married in St. George & # 39; s Chapel in October 2018, are expecting their first child and are said to be "thrilled" with Frogmore Cottage (picture)

The couple, who got married in St. George & # 39; s Chapel in October 2018, are expecting their first child and are said to be “thrilled” with Frogmore Cottage (pictured).

Harry and Meghan's furniture is being shipped to their £ 11million California mansion (pictured) after allegedly giving away keys to Frogmore Cottage in Windsor.

Harry and Meghan's furniture is being shipped to their £ 11million California mansion (pictured) after allegedly giving away keys to Frogmore Cottage in Windsor.

The reported tenant change comes after Harry and Meghan fully reimbursed taxpayers for the £ 2.4million spent on renovating the Windsor home.

The couple, who had paid back the money in monthly installments, announced in September that they had fully repaid the Sovereign Grant for the renovation of the five-bedroom Frogmore Cottage on the Queen's Berkshire estate.

Sources close to the couple also claimed they would no longer receive handouts from Prince Charles while trying to establish "financial independence".

At the time, Harry and Meghan insisted that Frogmore would continue to be their UK residence.

Following the couple's decision to step down from their royal roles and live in America, it was revealed that the Prince of Wales would make a private financial contribution to help them through their freshman year.

A source told The Telegraph: "You are receiving no assistance in any way from any outside person other than yourself."

However, another source told the Mail that the move, which came after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex was unveiled, had secured a lucrative contract to produce shows for streaming giant Netflix valued on the order of 100 Million dollars (75 million pounds). wouldn't make them immune to control.

The source said, "This is a surprise," they admitted, "and it can only be assumed that this has something to do with the Netflix deal." Perhaps it now means he can afford to repay the money in full immediately, or perhaps he was irritated by the criticism the deal has sparked on his finances. Nobody really knows.

Eugenie (pictured with her husband) and her cousin are believed to have made a "private arrangement" over the Grade I listed cottage, although it is not known how long it will last

Eugenie (pictured with her husband) and her cousin are believed to have made a "private arrangement" over the Grade I listed cottage, although it is not known how long it will last

A source said Harry and Meghan shipped their precious possessions to California after "moving trucks were opened in the middle of the night and the cabin cleared."

A source said Harry and Meghan shipped their precious possessions to California after "moving trucks were opened in the middle of the night and the cabin was cleared."

“But if he thinks that this will save him from public and media scrutiny, he is misled.

"This new, highly visible media role that he is looking for in the USA makes him more than ever a public figure."

The £ 2.4 million public money used to convert Frogmore from the staff's five tiny cottages to a larger country house for the couple has been a particular point of contention since they quit as working kings in January.

Critics had argued that not only should the money be fully refunded after they moved to California, but their right to even live in Frogmore, given to them by the Queen, should be forfeited.

Those calls intensified after they recently purchased a nine-bedroom, 16-bathroom villa in Montecito, Santa Barbara, on a £ 7.5 million mortgage.

By September the couple had paid back the money at a monthly rate of £ 18,000 – a number that also covered the "rent" on the property.

This meant it would have taken them 11 years to repay the UK taxpayer, a timeframe that many believed was way too long given the couple's earning potential.

Frogmore, given to the couple by the Queen through their Crown Estate, had expired before they moved in.

The builders worked around the clock for six months so they could move in before their son Archie was born in May 2019.

The couple moved out of Kensington Palace after disagreeing with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

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