LONDON – Like many couples before them, Prince Harry and his wife Meghan moved to the suburbs ahead of the birth of their first anticipated child.
Officials said Saturday that Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, would move from Kensington Palace in central London to Frogmore Cottage, a house on the Windsor Castle grounds, early next year.
The couple, who married in a chapel on the grounds of Windsor Palace in May, expect their first child in the spring. Windsor is about 20 miles (32 kilometers) west of central London.
The palace statement said that "Windsor is a very special place for their kingdom and they are grateful that their official residence will be on the estate."
Windsor Castle is also one of Queen Elizabeth II's favorite homes. It is surrounded by horse countries where he often rises in his youth, and he is known to prefer the castle and surrounding areas to Buckingham Palace, his official residence in central London.
Harry and Meghan had lived at Nottingham Cottage on the ground in Kensington Palace since announcing their engagement last year. They will remain their office in Kensington Palace, which is also home to Prince William and his wife Kate.
This step meant that William and Harry would no longer live near each other now that Harry had started his own family.