Harry and Meghan to move out of Kensington Palace next year

Britain’s Prince Harry and wife Meghan Markle

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have announced they are to leave Kensington Palace, where they have until now lived close to Harry's brother Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and his wife Catherine, and relocate 20 miles away to Windsor.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who are moving to a cottage in the Windsor Estate next year, Kensington Palace said.

Harry and Meghan have been living at Kensington Palace since announcing their engagement a year ago.

The Sun reports that the royal couple, who married in May, intend to move into Frogmore Cottage, the home gifted to them by Queen Elizabeth. It is near Frogmore House, the grand 17th century manor house where Meghan and Harry held their evening wedding reception for 200 friends after their nuptials earlier in the day.

So Meghan and Harry have opted for Frogmore Cottage instead - with Her Maj giving the soon-to-be official residence to them.

The Windsor estate also happens to be home to the mausoleum that is the final resting place of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, which has been undergoing restorations since June, as well as the burial grounds of King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson - the first American divorcee to marry a British royal.

The move is expected following some renovations.

The cottage is now divided into five units which were home to royal staff, but it will be transformed into a family home with modern amenities. Palace sources claim there was "nothing available as an official residence in London".

The Royal Family's Windsor grounds are steeped in history.

The House - built in the 1680s and purchased by Queen Charlotte, wife of George III in 1792 - is open to the public just one month a year, in August, plus three charity open days. She spent long periods there after the death of her husband and her favourite "Munshi" (teacher) Abdul Karim, once lived at Frogmore Cottage.

"But there has been a bit of tension between the brothers". There's also the fact that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are living next to Kate Middleton and Prince William.

In a separate statement to PEOPLE, Kensington Palace revealed that despite the move to Frogmore Cottage, the Duke and Duchess' office will still be at Kensington Palace.

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