Prince Harry opens up on heartbreak at having to leave Frogmore Cottage after 'eviction'

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Prince Harry has opened up about his heartache over having to leave Frogmore Cottage, the Windsor Castle abode that was once his and Meghan Markle's first Royal residence.

Gifted to the couple by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 2019, Frogmore Cottage saw extensive renovations funded by the pair after they initially faced public scrutiny for using taxpayer money, which they later reimbursed.

Their stay at the five-bedroom property, however, was fleeting; by the close of 2019, they had stepped back from Royal duties and by 2020, they had moved out. The early days of Harry and Meghan's romance, including moments at Frogmore, were captured in their Netflix documentary series.

In his tell-all book 'Spare', Harry recounts a poignant moment at Frogmore Cottage following Prince Philip's funeral. He had requested a meeting with his father Charles and brother William, and while waiting for them at the cottage, he was struck by the realisation that what was meant to be his 'forever home' was no longer his, reports the Mirror.

He said: "Once upon a time, this was going to be my forever home. Instead it had proved to be just another brief stop."

In his book, Prince Harry alleged that he and Meghan were 'evicted' from their Frogmore Cottage home following their decision to step back from Royal duties. As reported in March 2023, it came to light that King Charles had requested Meghan and Harry to leave the cottage.

An insider disclosed to The Standard: "The Sussex's are no longer leasing Frogmore Cottage. That privilege has been removed. It's over for them in the UK. If they want a residence in the UK they will have to buy one privately."

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The Sussexes lived at Frogmore Cottage briefly before relocating to the US -Credit:Getty Images

Nonetheless, it wasn't until June 2023 that the couple finally returned the keys to Frogmore Cottage. Their remaining belongings were sent overseas to California, with courtier Sir Michael Stevens confirming: " We can confirm that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have vacated Frogmore Cottage."

This is also the date that Prince Harry marks as the official commencement of his US residency.

When eviction orders were issued to Harry and Meghan, it was reported King Charles was exploring a "range of options" for new residential arrangements for his brother, Prince Andrew. After his scandalous friendship with convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein, Prince Andrew was told to vacate the Royal Lodge mansion.

A source revealed that Charles informed Harry and Meghan of his decision to vacant Frogmore Cottage to "allow someone else to move in", with rumours suggesting that Andrew was the likely candidate to take over. The property was first passed on to Princess Eugenie, Harry's cousin, and her husband Jack Brooksbank in November 2020.

They later relocated to another Royal residence, leaving the property empty.

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