Prince Harry and Meghan are planning to move into a bigger home so her mother can become a regular ‘live-in’ nanny.
It emerged yesterday that Harry and his wife Meghan are to move out of Kensington Palace next month to set up home at Frogmore Cottage on the Windsor estate.
The royal couple currently live in Nottingham Cottage in the ground of Kensington Palace and are upping sticks to accommodate their expanding family.
This move would also allow Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland, who has just moved to the UK, to join them, and there would be room for a live-in nanny.
The 62-year-old, who lived in Los Angeles, is said to want to be a hands on gran and it is believed to the couple want her to have a wing of their next home.
Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex will move out of Kensington Palace next month to set up home at Frogmore Cottage
Doria Ragland is said to be staying with her daughter and Prince Harry when they move into Frogmore Cottage on the Windsor estate
Frogmore has ten bedrooms compared to just two at Nottingham Cottage, the Kensington Palace property where they currently reside.
Grade II listed Frogmore is said to be undergoing a multi-million pound refit, paid for by the taxpayer, in preparation for the birth, which is expected next spring.
It is believed Doria will stay with the Sussexes on a regular basis when she comes to visit her new grandchild.
The couple chose Windsor because ‘it means a huge amount to them – it is where they got married’, a source said.
Former social worker, Doria, was the only member of Meghan’s family to attend her wedding and held back tears as Prince Charles walked her daughter down the aisle.
Frogmore House on the Windsor estate, where the couple are said to be moving next month. It ten bedrooms compared to just two at Nottingham Cottage
She spent much of her the summer with Harry and Meghan and described the prince as ‘amazing’.
Palace sources said there was ‘nothing available as an official residence in London’.
One said: ‘They are expecting a baby early next year and obviously need a bit more space. It is not like this has just come up.’
News of the move comes after reports that the princes, who both have homes at the Palace, may be ready to set up separate courts.
Rumours of tensions between the Sussexes and Cambridges have been bubbling away for months.
In contrast to Meghan and Harry’s cottage at Kensington Palace, Kate and William have a 22-room home recently refurbished at a cost of £4.5 million.
The Sussexes wanted to move into a Palace apartment currently used by the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, but the current inhabitants are said to ‘want to stay put’.