Last week The Sun broke the news that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have decided to move away from Kate Middleton and Prince William in Kensington Palace and London and will go to live in Windsor’s Frogmore Cottage. A royal source suggested that there was “a bit of tension” between Harry and his brother Prince William which helped the decision to be made. More sources have spoken saying that the relationship between Kate and Meghan was not the biggest reason the Duke and the Duchess of Sussex to move to the countryside. It was more Meghan and Harry’s desire for privacy for their family.
Richard Palmer, the Express’s royal correspondent, wrote on Twitter that the real reason has a lot to do with “Harry and Meghan spreading their wings. No big fallout but Kate and Meghan not close. No royal properties available in London apparently.”
The story behind Harry and Meghan’s move to Frogmore Cottage? Harry and Meghan spreading their wings. No big fallout but Kate and Meghan not close. No royal properties available in London apparently.
— Richard Palmer (@RoyalReporter) November 26, 2018
Royal expert Katie Nicholl wrote in Vanity Fair that a friend of Prince Harry told her over the summer that the Duke is concerned that he and his wife might be attracting too much attention. “Harry doesn’t like it, and he’s keen to protect Meghan from being too much in the public eye,” the friend said at the time. A source told The Sun: “There has been a bit of tension between the brothers. Now Harry and Meghan don’t want to live next to William and Kate and want to strike out on their own. They need more room and hope Frogmore Cottage will be ready in time for when they have the baby.”
Another source told Vanity Fair that Meghan and Kate are doing what they can to get along, and that there has been tension between William and Harry in the last year. “Two years ago the idea of Harry leaving Kensington Palace was unthinkable but a lot has changed,” said a source. “He wants to be his own person not in William’s shadow. The countryside works for him and Meghan because they want to raise their son or daughter away from the limelight.”
The Daily Mail’s Rebecca English also gave her opinion based on her sources. She called the two Duchesses “simply very different people, although sources insist there has been no dramatic falling out.” Don’t forget the fact that Meghan is still adjusting to the royal life.”The royal lifestyle and constraints are taking a time for Meghan to get used to,” a “well-placed” source told English.
“She’s a woman who has lived life into her 30s in her way, she’s been a relatively successful actress, has her own humanitarian interests and her own circle of friends. She is very self-sufficient. Understanding the Palace way, the deference, the politics and the fact that there’s a pecking order, is taking a while for Meghan to get her head around. She is quite opinionated and Harry has got very dictatorial of late, which hasn’t made things easy at times.”
“While there are some tensions behind the scenes, Kate is pretty unflappable and nothing has become bad enough to make Harry and Meghan want to move out. People are genuinely pleased to see them so happy.”
“Frogmore, which is inside the Windsor security zone [where the main house is only open to the public for a couple of days a year] is secluded, peaceful, tranquil and, most importantly, private,” a source told English. “No one will see them coming or going.”