Harry and Meghan wanted Windsor Castle but were given Frogmore (2023)

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex had hoped to move into a 'suite of apartments at Windsor Castle' but were given Frogmore Cottage instead, a bombshell book has claimed.

Prince Harry, 38,and Meghan Markle, 41, reportedly had their hearts set on a home in the heart of the Queen's Berkshire residence but were left disappointed, according to claims published in Katie Nicholl's book, The New Royals.

'When Harry and Meghan announced their wish to move out of Kensington Palace, the Queen offered them Frogmore Cottage in Windsor Great Park as their new home,' Nicholl writes, in an extract first published in the Mail On Sunday.

'This was not the suite of apartments at Windsor Castle they had hoped for. It was a generous gesture nonetheless, recalled Lady Elizabeth Anson, who died in 2020.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex had hoped to move into a 'suite of apartments at Windsor Castle' but were given Frogmore Cottage instead, a bombshell book claims. Pictured, the Queen with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in 2018

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle reportedly had their hearts set on a home in the heart of the Queen's Berkshire bolthole but were left disappointed, according to claims published in Katie Nicholl's book, The New Royals. Pictured, the couple in London last week

Lady Elizabeth Anson, who was a close friend of the Queen and died in 2020 claimed that the Sussexes hoped for a suite of apartments at the royal residence of Windsor Castle (pictured) following their relocation from Kensington Palace in 2018. But the Queen gifted them Frogmore Cottage

The Queen gifted them Frogmore Cottage (pictured)

'"The cottage was a big deal," she said. "The Queen's entrance into the gardens is right next to their cottage.

'It is essentially her back yard, her solitude, and her privacy. She was giving that up in gifting Harry and Meghan Frogmore Cottage. We all thought it was very big of her. She said, "I hope they'll respect it."'

'In April 2019, the couple finally moved in. Then, the following month, Buckingham Palace announced a still more significant departure: Harry and Meghan were moving their Royal Household – effectively their office – from Kensington Palace to Buckingham Palace.'

The move was particularly significant because it signalled the end of Harry and William's 'double act', Nicholl notes, and was 'deeply disappointing' for the Queen.

Elsewhere Nicholl claims the late Queen was surprised that divorcee Meghan opted for a white wedding dress - and also told the Duchess off for chastising a kitchen worker who was preparing her a special meal.

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The author said: ‘[Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s] wedding day was a great success, although the Queen had reservations about the pure white of Meghan's Givenchy dress, designed by Clare Waight Keller.

‘According to a source: “The Queen was surprised that Meghan wore pure white on her wedding day. Perhaps it's a generational thing, but she believes if you've been married before, you wear off-white on your wedding day, which is what the Duchess of Cornwall did.”

‘Keen to support anyone marrying into her family, however, the Queen did her best to get to know the new Duchess.’

She continued: ‘Meghan's direct approach had even come to the notice of the Queen. On one occasion in the run-up to the wedding, Meghan went to Windsor Castle for a menu-tasting and ended up having a tense exchange with a member of staff, according to one source.

The month after the Sussexes moved from Windsor, the couple relocated their office from Kensington Palace to Buckingham Palace, effectively ending the Harry and William 'double act'. Pictured, the couples during a walkabout at Windsor Castle following the Queen's death

‘“Meghan was at the castle to taste some of the dishes, and told one of the caterers she could taste egg,” said the source. ”She got quite upset, saying that the dish was meant to be vegan and macrobiotic, when suddenly the Queen walked in and said. 'Meghan, in this family we don't speak to people like that.'”’

Royal editor Nicholl has published one of two bombshell books that make explosive claims about the Royal Family.

A second, Courtiers: The Hidden Power Behind the Crown by Valentine Low, claims Meghanbelieved she would be the 'Beyoncé of the UK' when she married Prince Harry, before she found that she hated the strict rules of royal life and later sensationally quit her duties.

The book, which was previewed in The Times, also ran allegations that the Queen was forced to put her foot down over Megxit and told the Sussexes they were 'either in or out' at the crunch Sandringham summit where the royals decided Harry and Meghan's future.

Mr Low said that the royals met at a so-called 'Sandringham summit' five days after the Duke and Duchess announced their plans to step down as senior working royals on January 8, 2020.

During initial deliberations, the Queen wanted all four royal households to work together quickly in order to find a solution.

Courtiers: The Hidden Power Behind the Crown by Valentine Low, claims Meghan believed she would be the 'Beyoncé of the UK' when she married Prince Harry, before she found that she hated the strict rules of royal life and later sensationally quit her duties

In the days that followed, meetings were held at Clarence House, then Prince Charles' home, including secretaries from the four households, before discussions moved to Buckingham Palace.

Meghan Markle is set to take home an honorary gong at the celeb-studded GQ Men Of The Year Awards in recognition of her charity work, reports claim

Meghan Markle is in line to take home a prize at the glitzy 2022 GQ Men of the Year Awards in London, it has been reported.

The Duchess of Sussex, 41, is set to receive 'one of the top awards of the evening' at the event, which will beheld at the Tate Modern on November 16, an unnamed source toldThe Sun.

Meghan, who will reportedly receive an honorary award in recognition of her charity work, is expected to attend the annual bash, whichoften attracts A-listers like the Beckhams, Ed Sheeran and Idris Elba.

Last year, the Duke of Sussexappeared at the awards live from California via video link. Tickets for the awards show cost £5,999.

An unnamed source told The Sun that the Duchess has been offered 'one of the top awards of the evening' for charity work, describing it as a 'massive coup' for her.

The source added: 'She already has a close relationship with GQ due to her friendship with Vogue's Editor-In-Chief Edward Enninful which is also owned by Conde Nast.

'Edward is very much seen as a friend rather than a business acquaintance.'

The awards, which will be held in November, usually take place in September, but were reportedly moved to accommodate the Sussexes, the source claimed.

Initially set to take place on September 7, the bash was postponed, with the source telling the Sun that Meghan would not have been able to attend as she was undertaking a mini tour of Europe with Prince Harry at the time.

The source added: 'Talks about the evening were already happening before The Queen's passing so no doubt things will have to be re-evaluated to make sure it's as respectful as possible.'

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Simon Case, Prince William's private secretary, was also involved, 'talking to both sides', the newspaper reported.

These included five possible scenarios including giving the Duke and Duchess a month each year for their own activities, or taking on only a small number of engagements and spending most of their time doing other things.

(Video) SUSSEX BOILING WITH RAGE! William And Kate Move To WINDSOR CASTLE Where Meghan Hoped To Live

As part of these options, blanket rules on not making decisions for financial or material gain - either for themselves or friends - would apply.

A former palace insider said: 'I think Meghan thought she was going to be the Beyoncé of the UK. Being part of the royal family would give her that kudos.

'Whereas what she discovered was that there were so many rules that were so ridiculous that she couldn't even do the things that she could do as a private individual, which is tough.'

But another called it an impossible task, with the two worlds of royalty and celebrity unable to comprehend each other.

They said that the Duchess would be unable to fit the model of a working royal, with the palace unable to accept 'who she wanted to be'.

Mr Low writes that it was the monarch herself who felt that unless the couple were willing to follow the rules which apply to all working royals, they would 'not be allowed to carry out official duties'.

'There was a very clear view: you can't be in and out,' a source told Mr Low. 'And if you've got such clarity of view, it's very difficult to say, 'Why don't we go 10 per cent this way instead of 20 per cent?''

This meant that compromise was taken off the table by the Queen, the author said.

He also claimed that the couple felt 'cornered and misunderstood' by the Palace due to 'initial inflexibility' surrounding their request.

Prince Harry initially sent an email to his father, then Prince Charles, regarding their concerns and desire to move to the US, but was told that it required a 'proper family conversation' that could not be held until at least January 29, 2020.

This, Mr Low wrote, was received badly by the couple, who had hoped to quickly resolve the matter following their request.

The response prompted the prince to organise a private meeting with the Queen, but this was cancelled, with Harry being told that she was no longer available and had been confused about her diary arrangements.

Courtiers saw the meeting as a chance for the Duke to win the Queen's support first, before beginning wider talks with the royal family.

'There was a danger that a private conversation could be interpreted very differently by two people,' a source told Mr Low.

The author added that Harry considered driving unannounced to Sandringham to speak to the Queen, but decided against the move.

The New Royals, by Katie Nicholl, is published by Little, Brown on October 4 at £20. To pre-order a copy for £18, go to mailshop.co.uk/books or call 020 3176 2937 before October 2. Free UK delivery on orders over £20. Or pre-order via http://hachettebookgroup.com/titles/katie-nicholl/the-new-royals/9780306827983/

Meghan 'thought she would be the Beyoncé of the UK when she married Harry': Bombshell new book claims Sussexes felt 'cornered and misunderstood' by the Palace and The Queen 'told them you're either in or out at crunch Megxit summit'

Meghan Markle believed she would be the 'Beyoncéof the UK' when she married Prince Harry, before she found that she hated the strict rules of royal life and later sensationally quit her duties as the Duchess of Sussex, a bombshell new book has claimed.

The explosive extracts of the forthcoming book, Courtiers: The Hidden Power Behind the Crown by Valentine Low, were published by The Times today.

Insiders have claimed the duchess believed that she would become Britain's Beyoncé upon marrying the Queen's grandson - but was disillusioned by the strict protocols and rules of life as a working member of the royal family and felt increasingly 'cornered and misunderstood' by The Firm.

The book also ran allegations that the Queen was forced to put her foot down over Megxit and told the Sussexes they were 'either in or out' at the crunch Sandringham summit where the royals decided Harry and Meghan's future.

A new book claims the Duchess of Sussex struggled with the rules of being a working royal, and had hoped to be the 'Beyoncé of the UK' - mixing celebrity with royalty

Meghan Markle thought that she would be the Beyoncé of the UK when she married Prince Harry, a bombshell new book has claimed. Pictured, the Sussexes meetingBeyonce and Jay-Z (R) on July 14, 2019

It also reported that the Queen put her foot down and told Prince Harry and Meghan that they were either in or out as working royals

Prince Harry organised a private meeting with the Queen, but this was cancelled, with Harry told that she was not available

Mr Low said that the royals met at a so-called 'Sandringham summit' five days after the Duke and Duchess announced their Megxit plans onJanuary 8, 2020.

During initial deliberations, the Queen wanted all four royal households to work together quickly in order to find a solution.

In the days that followed, meetings were held at Clarence House, then Prince Charles' home, including secretaries from the four households, before discussions moved to Buckingham Palace.

Simon Case, Prince William's private secretary, was also involved, 'talking to both sides', the newspaper reported.

These included five possible scenarios including giving the Duke and Duchess a month each year for their own activities, or taking on only a small number of engagements and spending most of their time doing other things.

As part of these options, blanket rules on not making decisions for financial or material gain - either for themselves or friends - would apply.

A formerpalace insider said: 'I think Meghan thought she was going to be the Beyoncé of the UK. Being part of the royal family would give her that kudos. Whereas what she discovered was that there were so many rules that were so ridiculous that she couldn't even do the things that she could do as a private individual, which is tough.'

But another called it an impossible task, with the two worlds of royalty and celebrity unable to comprehend each other.

They said that the Duchess would be unable to fit the model of a working royal, with the palace unable to accept 'who she wanted to be'.

As part of these options for Harry and Meghan, blanket rules on not making decisions for financial or material gain - either for themselves or friends - would apply

Many insiders have alleged they were bullied while working for the Sussexes. One said:'There were a lot of broken people. Young women were broken by their behaviour'

The Prince and Princess of Wales had to 'up their game' when Meghan Markle arrived

Kate Middleton and Prince William felt they had to 'up their game' when Meghan Markle became engaged to Prince Harry and charmed members of the public, a new book has claimed.

In The New Royals: Queen Elizabeth's Legacy and the Future of the Crown by Katie Nicholl, the author writes about the Duchess of Sussex's first public engagements after she and Prince Harry went public with their relationship.

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In her new book, Nicholl claims Meghan's first public appearance as a board member of the Foundation was a 'wake-up call' for Kate and William, The Mirror reports.

In February 2018, the 'Fab Four' took part in a forum for the Royal Foundation, during which they talked about their charitable projects.

However, Nicholl wrote in her book that Meghan was the 'breakout star' of the foursome, showcasing her wit and charm as she spoke on the panel and answered questions.

She quoted a source who said: 'That was a wake-up moment for William and Kate when they realised that Meghan was very impressive, very confident and very capable.'

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Mr Low writesthat it was the monarch herself who felt that unless the couple were willing to follow the rules which apply to all working royals, they would 'not be allowed to carry out official duties'.

'There was a very clear view: you can't be in and out,' a source told Mr Low. 'And if you've got such clarity of view, it's very difficult to say, 'Why don't we go 10 per cent this way instead of 20 per cent?''

This meant that compromise was taken off the table by the Queen, the author said.

He also claimed that the couple felt 'cornered and misunderstood' by the Palace due to 'initial inflexibility' surrounding their request.

Prince Harry initially sent an email to his father, then Prince Charles, regarding their concerns and desire to move to the US, but was told that it required a 'proper family conversation' that could not be held until at least January 29, 2020.

This, Mr Low wrote, was received badly by the couple, who had hoped to quickly resolve the matter following their request.

The response prompted the prince to organise a private meeting with the Queen, but this was cancelled, with Harry being told that she was no longer available and had been confused about her diary arrangements.

Courtierssaw the meeting as a chance for the Duke to win the Queen's support first, before beginning wider talks with the royal family.

'There was a danger that a private conversation could be interpreted very differently by two people,' a source told Mr Low.

The author added that Harry considered drivingunannounced to Sandringham to speak to the Queen, but decided against the move.

It comes as palace aides claimed Meghan moaned she wasn't getting paid for royal tours, agreed to the Oprah interview six months before Megxit and reduced staff to tears with bullying and tantrums in Mr Low's book.

The new book claims that during the royal tour of Australia in October 2018, Meghan did not understand why she had to shake people's hands or do walkabouts.

From left: Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, Kate Middleton, Prince William speaking at a forum for the Royal Foundation in 2018

Staff reportedly heard her say: 'I can't believe I'm not getting paid for this.'

In The Times, Mr Low also describes the Duchess of Sussex's attitude towards her staff, describing a meeting where Meghan allegedly lambasted a young female member in front of colleagues over a plan she had presented.

After the woman told her that it would be difficult to execute a new plan, Meghan said: 'Don't worry. If there was literally anyone else I could ask to do this, I would be asking them instead of you.'

Meghan is said to have berated staff repeatedly, including one occasion when an employee fell foul of the duchess over a mixup involving press at an engagement.

The Duchess's lawyers denied last year that any of the staff were bullied and added that they were grateful for Miss Cohen's support and dedication.

Palace staff have claimed Meghan agreed to the couple's bombshell Oprah interview months before they left royal duties and moved to the US

Elsewhere, it claimed that inAugust 2019, before their Africa tour, the couple's US team were working on several deals including with Netflix,Harry's mental heath series for Apple+, Meghan's Disney voiceover and an interviewwith Oprah Winfreyslated for the autumn.

Samantha Cohen, the Queen's former assistant private secretary, advised them to alsodo an interview with the British media,suggesting Tom Bradby of ITV.

Meghan was reportedly reluctant, however the Duke ofSussex agreed on the condition that they did not do the interview together or appear in the same shot as this would be contrary to their Oprah deal.

Palace sources also claimed the couple were constantly being sent gifts from fashion, perfume and jewellery companies when they lived at Kensington Palace.

Their PA refused the luxury items, sticking to the protocol that members of the royal family do not accept commercial gifts, which is claimed led to clashes with Meghan.

Harry's memoir U-TURN: Duke 'requests 11th-hour rewrite to soften his bombshell £40m autobiography after nation's outpouring of grief for the Queen' amid fears the final draft 'might not go down too well' in the wake of her death

ByKate Mansey And Caroline Graham For Mail On Sunday

PrinceHarry has launched a last-minute bid to tone down his bombshell autobiography amid fears his final draft 'might not go down too well' in the wake of the Queen's death, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.

The memoirs had been signed off ready for an expected autumn release, but the Duke – who is writing the book as part of a near £40 million three-title deal – has asked to make some significant alterations.

His request may be seen as a sign that he is ready to take a more conciliatory approach to the rest of the Royal Family, but could cause problems for his publishers.

'Harry has thrown a spanner in the works,' a source said. 'He is keen for refinements in the light of the Queen's death, her funeral and his father Charles taking the throne.

'There may be things in the book which might not look so good if they come out so soon after these events. He wants sections changed now. It's not a total rewrite by any means. He desperately wants to make changes. But it might be too late.'

Prince Harry has launched a last-minute bid to tone down his bombshell autobiography amid fears his final draft 'might not go down too well' in the wake of the Queen's death

The memoirs had been signed off ready for an expected autumn release, but the Duke – who is writing the book as part of a near £40million three-title deal – has asked to make some significant alterations

Publishing sources suggested that the Duke might have limited 'wriggle room' given he was handed a seven-figure advance

(Video) Kate and William to 'eventually move' to Windsor Castle in final blow

Publishing sources suggested that the Duke might have limited 'wriggle room' given he was handed a seven-figure advance.

Publishers Penguin Random House had already demanded a rewrite after the first draft was deemed 'too touchy-feely' and placed too much focus on mental health issues, The Mail on Sunday understands.

The development comes as another new book makes a series of explosive claims about Harry and his wife Meghan – although it is not clear whether the Duke now plans to address any of these fresh allegations in his memoirs, which he has billed as an 'accurate and wholly truthful' account of his life.

Among the damaging claims in the new book, Courtiers: The Hidden Power Behind The Crown, Royal author Valentine Low alleges that:

l Meghan moaned about public engagements and walkabouts, saying: 'I can't believe I'm not getting paid for this';

l The Duchess bullied staff, reducing some to tears, and commented that 'it's not my job to coddle people';

l Harry and Meghan's team went on to call themselves the 'Sussex Survivors' Club' and described Meghan as a 'narcissistic sociopath', according to sources;

l One former staff member said they believed Meghan wanted to be 'rejected' by the Royal Family 'because she was obsessed with that narrative from day one';

l Harry sent 'horrible emails' to Edward Young, the Queen's private secretary, and Clive Alderton, Charles's private secretary;

l When Harry and Meghan went to Canada in November 2019, their plans were so secret even their nanny didn't know where they were going until the plane was in the air;

The memoirs had been signed off ready for an expected autumn release, but the Duke – who is writing the book as part of a near £40million three-title deal – has asked to make some significant alterations.

A truce appeared to be in place when William invited his brother and sister-in-law to join him and wife Kate on the walkabout in Windsor as an expression of 'unity for the Queen', but, the body language suggested the rift was far from heal

The King, then Prince of Wales, was only told of the memoir minutes before the press release announcing it went out

l Harry feared he would 'become irrelevant' when his nephew Prince George – second in line to the throne – turned 18;

l Meghan rang one aide every ten minutes on a Friday night while they were out at dinner, then continued calling the following day;

l The Duchess clashed with courtiers over not being allowed to keep clothes and jewellery given to her for free;

l Six months before her engagement to Harry was announced, Meghan told a palace aide: 'We both know I'm going to be one of your bosses soon.'

Another new book, The New Royals by Katie Nicholl, serialised today in The Mail on Sunday, reveals that the Queen was surprised divorcee Meghan wore pure white for her wedding.

Publishers Penguin Random House had already demanded a rewrite after the first draft was deemed 'too touchy-feely' and placed too much focus on mental health issues, The Mail on Sunday understands

(Video) Harry and Meghan wanted Windsor Castle, new book claims

Harry and Meghan have also spent more time with the Royal Family since the Queen's death than at any time since Megxit more than two and half years ago

The New Royals by Katie Nicholl, serialised today in The Mail on Sunday, reveals that the Queen was surprised divorcee Meghan wore pure white for her wedding

'Meghan, Dad treated you like a princess your whole life, it's not too late to make amends': Thomas Markle 'hopes to heal rift with duchess after Harry and William put differences aside at the Queen's funeral'

ByJonathan Rose For Mailonline

Thomas Markle is hoping to heal the rift with his daughter after Harry and William put aside their differences at the Queen's funeral.

The Duke of Sussex andPrince of Wales put aside their feud for a united front to remember the monarch, and again showed that they could at least be on speaking terms as they interacted with each other in the chapel at Windsor Castle.

The 78-year-oldwatched the service with his son Thomas Jr and was bolstered by the show of royal unity between the brothers.

Thomas Jr – Meghan's half-brother – told the Sunday Mirror: 'We both watched clips of the Queen's funeral together.

'I was overcome with emotion at how every person spectating was honoured to be there and respectful.'

Addressing Meghan directly, he added: 'Dad treated you like a princess your entire life and deserves the respect.

'You didn't call him for his heart attacks or stroke, but it's never too late.'

Thomas Markle is hoping to heal the rift with his daughter after Harry and William put aside their differences at the Queen's funeral

Thomaspaid tribute tothe Queenafter she passed away at Balmoral aged 96 - calling it 'the end of an era'.

Meghan's father said the devastating update was 'truly a loss to the world'.

Thomas, who never met Her Majesty due to the fallout with his daughter before her wedding, added it 'feels like we've all lost a member of our family'.

Markle told DailyMail.com: 'My heart goes out to the Royal Family and to the British people for their loss of the most-loved and admired Queen Elizabeth.

'Her service, grace and devotion signals the end of an era and she will always be cherished in our memories.

'Truly a loss to the world.' He added: 'In a way it feels like we've all lost a member of our family.'

Thomas hit out at Meghan's claims she had 'lost' him – and accused her of throwing people 'under the bus'.

It came after sheappeared to say Prince Harry had spoken of a breakdown in relations with Prince Charles following his decision to move to the US.

The brothers put aside their feud for a united front to remember the monarch, and again showed that they could at least be on speaking terms as they interacted with each other in the chapel at Windsor Castle

Hours after her remarks were published in The Cut magazine, however, Meghan's unofficial spokesman Omid Scobie wrote on social media: 'I understand that Prince Harry is actually referring to Meghan's loss of her own father, and Meghan is saying she doesn't want Harry to lose his.'

Mr Markle, who suffered a blood clot on his brain earlier this year, said: 'I am still very ill and trying to recover from the stroke in May. Yet every time she opens her mouth she brings me into [the story]. It never ends.'

Speaking falteringly to The Mail on Sunday from his home in Rosarito, Mexico, he said: 'She didn't 'lose' me, she dumped me.

'I am not lost. She knows where to find me. My number hasn't changed. I would love to hear from my daughter and meet my son-in-law and my grandkids for the first time.'

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The Duke revealed last year that he was working on a book of his own, saying he would be writing 'not as the Prince I was born, but as the man I have become'.

No date has officially been announced for its release but American sources have suggested that publishers will want it in shops in time for Thanksgiving on November 24, ready for the lucrative Christmas market.

In a statement announcing the global publishing deal, Penguin Random House described it as 'an intimate and heartfelt memoir', promising that 'Prince Harry will offer an honest and captivating personal portrait'.

The publishers added that the book would cover Harry's 'lifetime in the public eye from childhood to the present day, including his dedication to service, the military duty that twice took him to the front lines of Afghanistan, and the joy he has found in being a husband and father'.

The Mail on Sunday has established that the publishers paid an advance of $20 million (£18.4 million) for the book as part of a three-title deal worth £36.8 million

A source said: 'The publishers paid $20 million up front because they knew whatever was written would be huge for sales and exposure all around the world. But the first draft they received was apparently viewed as a bit too touchy-feely and focused far more on mental health issues than they wanted. Eventually, the final draft has been finished and signed off and a lot of money and energy has been spent to make sure it comes out this year.'

However, Harry's requests for late changes might have an impact on the timetable.

It is unclear what edits he wants to make, but it is thought his decision has been influenced by the events of the past weeks, as he witnessed first-hand the public's huge outpouring of support for the monarchy.

Harry and Meghan have also spent more time with the Royal Family since the Queen's death than at any time since Megxit more than two and half years ago. They were in the UK for non-Royal charity events when Her Majesty died on the day before they were due to fly back home to Montecito, California. And in the aftermath of his grandmother's death, Harry struck a fragile truce with his brother William – appearing together for a walkabout among well-wishers in Windsor following the funeral.

The contents of Harry's book are likely to be kept top secret and palace aides have revealed that no members of the Royal Family have been offered the chance to see any of it before it becomes public. When the publishing deal was announced in July 2021, only the Queen was given advance warning.

The King, then Prince of Wales, was only told of the memoir minutes before the press release announcing it went out. In that statement, the Duke said: 'I can help show that no matter where we come from, we have more in common than we think.

'I'm deeply grateful for the opportunity to share what I've learned over the course of my life so far and excited for people to read a first-hand account of my life that's accurate and wholly truthful.'

One palace insider said: 'The first announcement was something of a shock. We have now spent a long time waiting to see what is in it and, frankly, we just want to get it out of the way so everyone can move on.'

However aides are braced for the worst, particularly after Harry's outspoken criticisms of his family and the monarchy. During the Sussexes' notorious interview with Oprah Winfrey last year, they accused the Royal Family of racism and Harry claimed Charles had 'literally cut me off financially'.

Harry, 38, was said to have been further upset at some of the events surrounding the Queen's death.

He was dismayed after being told that Meghan, 41, was not invited to join him in flying up to Balmoral to be by his dying grandmother's bedside. Later, he reportedly failed to accept an invitation to join his father for supper at Birkhall, his private home nearby.

A truce appeared to be in place when William invited his brother and sister-in-law to join him and wife Kate on the walkabout in Windsor as an expression of 'unity for the Queen', but, the body language suggested the rift was far from healed.

(Video) Meghan Markle wanted to be seen a 'Princess', demanded Queen's 'Castle'

Penguin Random House – which also released Meghan's children's book The Bench – initially said that Harry's memoirs were due out in 'late 2022'. But the book was not included in a recent list of titles set to be released in the coming months, sparking speculation that it may be delayed until next year.

It has been ghost-written by Pulitzer Prize-winning American author JR Moehringer, who previously worked on the memoirs of retired tennis star Andre Agassi.

Neither Penguin Random House nor the Duke's representatives responded to a request for comment.

FAQs

Is Frogmore House and Frogmore Cottage the same place? ›

The house was built in 1684 on the Windsor Estate, and if it sounds familiar that might be because it was the location of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's wedding reception. And speaking of the Sussexes, Frogmore House is different from their home Frogmore Cottage—which is nearby and also on the Windsor Estate.

Did Meghan and Harry ask to live in Windsor Castle? ›

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Wanted a "Suite of Apartments" in Windsor Castle, But Got Frogmore Instead, Royal Author Says. This was a generous gesture, according to the Queen's cousin.

Who lives in the Frogmore House? ›

Frogmore Cottage is located in Windsor. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle live in the US with their two children Archie and Lilibet but they also have a UK residence in Windsor which they are leasing from the monarch, King Charles III.

Does the queen own Frogmore Cottage? ›

The house is still owned by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who used £2.4m of taxpayer money to renovate the property, before paying it back in full when they moved to California.

Did Queen Victoria live at Frogmore House? ›

Frogmore House in the time of Queen Victoria

The Duchess of Kent was the next occupant and was offered Frogmore as her country home by her daughter, Queen Victoria. In 1841 The Duchess moved in and substantially modernised and redecorated the house to suit her tastes.

Why is it called Frogmore Cottage? ›

It stood on the estates of Great and Little Frogmore, which were bought by Henry VIII in the sixteenth century and let to various tenants. The name derives from the preponderance of frogs which have always lived in this low-lying marshy area.

Who lives in the Kensington palace? ›

It has been a residence of the British royal family since the 17th century, and is currently the official London residence of the Prince and Princess of Wales, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke and Duchess of Kent, and Prince and Princess Michael of Kent.

Who lives on Windsor estate? ›

A Royal home and fortress for over 900 years, Windsor Castle, the largest occupied castle in the world, remains a working palace today. The Queen uses the Castle both as a private home, where she usually spends the weekend, and as an official Royal residence at which she undertakes certain formal duties.

How large is the Windsor estate? ›

It spans approximately 4500 acres and includes the award winning Savill and Valley Gardens, Virginia Water, the tree-lined Long Walk and stunning Savill visitor centre, as well as sweeping parkland, ancient woodland and forest trails.

Who owns Windsor Castle in England? ›

Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world and has been the family home of British kings and queens for almost 1,000 years. It is an official residence of Her Majesty The Queen and is still very much a working royal palace today, home to around 150 people.

Is Frogmore open to the public? ›

Frogmore House is usually open to pre-booked groups of 15 or more people during August each year. We are also open to individuals on three Charity Open Days, when all proceeds are donated to specially selected charities. All dates for 2022 have now passed.

How far apart is Windsor Castle from Buckingham Palace? ›

In Windsor, England, just 20 miles west of Buckingham Palace, is the largest, and longest occupied, castle in Europe—Windsor Castle.

How many bedrooms does Frogmore Cottage have? ›

How many rooms does Frogmore Cottage have? Frogmore Cottage is made up of ten bedrooms. Previously, workers for the royal family resided in this Grade-II listed building.

Who owns Frogmore Cottage now? ›

Frogmore Cottage is a historic Grade II listed home on the Frogmore estate, which is part of Home Park in Windsor, England. Built in 1801 at the direction of Queen Charlotte in the gardens near Frogmore House, Frogmore Cottage is part of the Crown Estate, the monarch's public estate.

Is Adelaide Cottage the same as Frogmore Cottage? ›

Adelaide Cottage is a four-bedroom property on the Crown Estate in Windsor, located within Windsor Castle 's grounds, Home Park. It was last renovated in 2015, and is near Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's UK home, Frogmore Cottage.

How many bedrooms does Adelaide Cottage Windsor have? ›

Adelaide Cottage has four bedrooms, meaning there will be enough space for the Duke and Duchess and their three children. It was previously reported that the Cambridge's live-in nanny, Maria Borrallo, will live apart from the family for the first time.

Who lives in Adelaide Cottage now? ›

Modern residents. Group Captain Peter Townsend was resident in the cottage with his family in the 1940s. In the summer of 2022, Adelaide Cottage became the home of William, Prince of Wales and Catherine, Princess of Wales, and their three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

Where is Adelaide Cottage on the Windsor estate? ›

Adelaide Cottage is located on the grounds of Windsor Home Park, close to St. George's Chapel, and roughly 25 miles from central London. Adelaide Cottage was originally built for Queen Adelaide, the wife of King William IV, in 1831, using building materials from the Royal Lodge, according to the Royal Collection.

Who currently lives in Buckingham Palace? ›

It has not only been a weekday home of Elizabeth II and Prince Philip but is also the London residence of the Duke of York and the Earl and Countess of Wessex. The palace also houses their offices, as well as those of the Princess Royal and Princess Alexandra, and is the workplace of more than 800 people.

Where is Queen Victoria buried? ›

About. This summer, major restoration works began at The Royal Mausoleum at Frogmore, the final resting place of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. The Mausoleum is located near Frogmore House, which stands about half a mile south of Windsor Castle in Windsor Home Park.

Who owns the Buckingham Palace? ›

Occupied Royal Palaces, such as Buckingham Palace, are not the private property of The Queen. They are occupied by the Sovereign and held in trust by Crown Estates for future generations. The Queen privately owns two properties, Balmoral Castle and Sandringham House, which are not publicly funded.

Can commoners live in Kensington Palace? ›

There are 50 residents of the palace in total. The rest are military members, courtiers and staff, along with a sprinkling of regular citizens who pay market rent for their royal dwelling.

Why do royals sleep in separate beds? ›

As an old tradition dictates, royal couples never share the same bed or bedroom, allowing them to move freely while asleep. It allows them much needed alone time after hours of being in the limelight.

What clothes will the Queen be buried in? ›

The Queen will be laid to rest today wearing only two precious pieces of jewellery. Her Majesty, who will be buried next to her husband Prince Philip later today, will wear only her wedding band and a pair of pearl earrings, despite owning a collection worth millions of pounds.

Why does the Queen prefer Windsor? ›

It was a building that had deep significance to the monarch throughout her life - a place of work but also her own private retreat. The Queen's special association with Windsor Castle began when she was a child.

Does the Queen own land in America? ›

As one might imagine, the monarchy held properties around the globe. A lesser-known holding was in Bolivar County, Mississippi. As of 1968, the Queen through investment in the British textile company Courtaulds owned an interest in a 38,000-acre cotton plantation in Mississippi.

How many bathrooms are there in Windsor Castle? ›

There are 188 staff bedrooms, 92 offices, 78 bathrooms, 52 royal and guest bedrooms, and 19 state rooms. With so many rooms comes an extraordinary amount of windows and doors – 760 windows and 1,514 doors, to be exact!

What clothes are royals buried in? ›

It is also considered a sign of respect for the deceased and their loved ones. Many royal women wear black dresses, a hat or a fascinator and black tights at royal funerals. Above, Sarah, Duchess of York, Princess Anne and Zara Tindall are pictured at the Princess of Wales' funeral in 1997.

Who will live in Windsor Castle now? ›

Windsor Estate

After the death of the Duke of Edinburgh in April 2021, the Queen announced a permanent move to Windsor Castle, where she and the Duke had spent lockdown together. The 900-year-old fortress was previously used as her weekend escape from 775-room Buckingham Palace.

Which castles does Queen Elizabeth own? ›

The Queen's castles
  • Buckingham Palace. This is probably the most famous of the Queen's palaces. ...
  • Windsor Castle. Windsor Castle is a royal residence at Windsor in the English county of Berkshire. ...
  • Holyrood Palace. ...
  • Balmoral Castle. ...
  • Sandringham House.

What is the oldest castle in England? ›

Windsor Castle

Just to the west of London lies the world's oldest and largest inhabited castle, having been a royal residence for around 950 years.

How much property does Queen Elizabeth own? ›

These assets include the following: the Crown estate, worth $19.5 billion; Buckingham Palace, worth an estimated $4.9 billion; the Duchy of Cornwall, valued at $1.3 billion; the Duchy of Lancaster, worth $748 million; Kensington Palace, estimated to be worth of $630 million; and the Crown Estate of Scotland, worth $592 ...

Who is buried in the royal vault? ›

King George IV, Princess Mary Adelaide of Cambridge, Princess Frederika of Hanover and King George V of Hanover are among some of the many royals currently buried in the Royal Vault.

Where is the big house at Windsor Castle? ›

The house is located on the Frogmore estate, which is situated within the grounds of the Home Park in Windsor, Berkshire.

How many homes does the royal family own? ›

From a 50,000-acre estate in Norfolk, England to a miniature, Berkshire wendy house, these are the 30 regal estates that the royal family has called home.

Which is nicer Buckingham Palace or Windsor Castle? ›

Both Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle have a 4.5/5 rating on Tripadvisor. Both of them are Tripadvisor's Travelers Choice winners for 2020. Buckingham Palace is way ahead with 29 thousand traveler reviews on Tripadvisor, while Windsor Castle has about 13 thousand reviews.

How many bedrooms does Buckingham Palace have? ›

Although in use for the many official events and receptions held by The King, the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace are open to visitors every summer. Buckingham Palace has 775 rooms. These include 19 State rooms, 52 Royal and guest bedrooms, 188 staff bedrooms, 92 offices and 78 bathrooms.

How much does it cost to get to Windsor Castle from London? ›

How to Travel from London to Windsor Castle by Bus, Train, or Car
TimeCost
Train30 minutesfrom $14
Bus1 hour, 15 minutesfrom $9
Car45 minutes22 miles (35 kilometers)
15 Jun 2021

Who lives in the Cottages at Windsor Castle? ›

Who lives at Adelaide Cottage now? Adelaide Cottage is now home to Prince William and Kate Middleton, as well as their three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, plus the Cambridge family dog, Orla.

Does Windsor Castle have a swimming pool? ›

Royal Lodge Windsor has been the official residence of Prince Andrew since 2004, and he has spent a reported £7.5million on renovating the property, with an indoor swimming pool among the additions he has reportedly made to the home.

Who lived in Frogmore Cottage before Harry? ›

For almost 20 years, Frogmore was the home of Queen Victoria's mother, The Duchess of Kent. The cottage is currently leased to the Duke of Sussex.

Is Adelaide Cottage on the grounds of Windsor Castle? ›

Located in present-day Windsor Home Park, just east of Windsor Castle, the Cambridges' new home was built in 1831 as a summer retreat for Queen Adelaide.

Is Adelaide Cottage the same as Frogmore Cottage? ›

Adelaide Cottage is a four-bedroom property on the Crown Estate in Windsor, located within Windsor Castle 's grounds, Home Park. It was last renovated in 2015, and is near Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's UK home, Frogmore Cottage.

What was Frogmore Cottage used for? ›

The cottage was a retreat for Charlotte, the queen consort of George III, and her unmarried daughters. The theologian Henry James Sr. and his family lived at the cottage in the 1840s. A personal secretary of Queen Victoria's, Abdul Karim, moved to Frogmore Cottage in 1897 with his wife and father.

How big is Frogmore Cottage? ›

Frogmore Cottage is a ten-bedroom house on the Windsor Estate. Before moving into the property in 2019, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle approved extensive renovations of the historic home.

Where is Windsor cottage? ›

Located on the eastern side of the Windsor Castle grounds, Adelaide Cottage is in Windsor Home Park, in Berkshire.

Does Windsor Castle have a swimming pool? ›

Royal Lodge Windsor has been the official residence of Prince Andrew since 2004, and he has spent a reported £7.5million on renovating the property, with an indoor swimming pool among the additions he has reportedly made to the home.

Is Adelaide Cottage on the grounds of Windsor Castle? ›

Located in present-day Windsor Home Park, just east of Windsor Castle, the Cambridges' new home was built in 1831 as a summer retreat for Queen Adelaide.

How many bedrooms are in Adelaide Cottage Windsor? ›

Adelaide Cottage has four bedrooms, meaning there will be enough space for the Duke and Duchess and their three children.

Who owns Windsor Castle in England? ›

Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world and has been the family home of British kings and queens for almost 1,000 years. It is an official residence of Her Majesty The Queen and is still very much a working royal palace today, home to around 150 people.

Who lives in Adelaide Cottage now? ›

Modern residents. Group Captain Peter Townsend was resident in the cottage with his family in the 1940s. In the summer of 2022, Adelaide Cottage became the home of William, Prince of Wales and Catherine, Princess of Wales, and their three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

How far apart is Windsor Castle from Buckingham Palace? ›

In Windsor, England, just 20 miles west of Buckingham Palace, is the largest, and longest occupied, castle in Europe—Windsor Castle.

How many rooms does the Frogmore Cottage have? ›

How many rooms does Frogmore Cottage have? Frogmore Cottage is made up of ten bedrooms. Previously, workers for the royal family resided in this Grade-II listed building.

Is anyone living at Frogmore Cottage? ›

Sussex source: "Frogmore Cottage continues to be [the couple's] residence in the UK and they are delighted to be able to open up their home to Princess Eugenie and Jack as they start their own family." They have not moved out and will still stay at the house during UK visits.

Why don t the royals sleep in the same bed? ›

As an old tradition dictates, royal couples never share the same bed or bedroom, allowing them to move freely while asleep. It allows them much needed alone time after hours of being in the limelight.

Where Will Queen Elizabeth be buried? ›

Later that evening, the Queen was buried with her husband, Prince Philip, alongside her parents and sister in Windsor Castle's King George VI Memorial Chapel in the Royal Vault. The burial and service was entirely private, attended by King Charles and other members of the royal family.

Who lives in the apartments at Windsor Castle? ›

So who lives in the apartments inside of Windsor Castle? Inside Windsor Castle, there are two types of apartments, according to the royal family: state apartments and private residences. The state apartments host overseas monarchs and presidents when they come to visit.

What is Kate and Williams surname? ›

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Rather, since King Charles made their parents, Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Prince and Princess of Wales, the kids will use the last name "Wales." As heir to the throne, the Prince of Wales is not a title that William automatically inherited.

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