The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, have been asked to leave their residence at Frogmore Cottage, which is located on the grounds of King Charles’s Windsor Castle.
The couple currently resides in Montecito, California, where they are raising their two children, Archie and Lilibet, after stepping back as senior members of the Royal family in January 2020.
A spokesperson for the couple confirmed the request, stating: “We can confirm the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been requested to vacate their residence at Frogmore Cottage.”
The property, a Grade-II listed 10-bedroom mansion, was gifted to the couple by the late Queen Elizabeth II.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex refurbished the property at an estimated cost of £2.4 million ($2,872,656) in 2018-19, which was covered by the Sovereign Grant before being fully paid by the Duke.
As the couple packs up and ships out the last of their belongings to their California home, Prince Andrew has been offered the keys to the Royal estate.
Buckingham Palace has yet to comment on the issue, but the BBC suggests that it will likely keep the matter private.
The Sun reported that the disgraced Prince was asked by his brother, King Charles, to vacate the Buckingham Palace apartment he has occupied for decades, and was offered the smaller cottage at Frogmore last week, which he is reportedly “resisting.”
An insider told the outlet: “This eviction surely spells the end of Harry and Meghan’s time in the UK. Andrew is resisting the idea of moving into Frogmore Cottage after he was offered it last week. But it shows Harry and Meghan are powerless to stop the eviction.”
The eviction has also cast doubt on whether the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be invited to King Charles’s coronation ceremony in May.
However, the couple recently shut down claims that they were going to sue the creators of South Park after the animated TV show did a whole episode ridiculing them.
A spokesperson for Harry and Meghan told Newsweek that speculation around the issue “is baseless and boring.”
In summary, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been asked to leave Frogmore Cottage, a property gifted to them by Queen Elizabeth II.
The move comes after Prince Andrew was asked to vacate the Buckingham Palace apartment he has occupied for decades and was offered the smaller cottage at Frogmore.
The couple’s eviction has raised questions about their future in the UK, including their attendance at King Charles’s coronation ceremony. However, the couple has recently denied rumors of a potential lawsuit against South Park creators.