The Queen gifted Prince Harry and Meghan Markle a new home

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. (Photo: Getty Images/Gallo Images)
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. (Photo: Getty Images/Gallo Images)

Once an actor on the small screen in a successful TV show, now wife to a prince and jetting around the globe on her royal duties, Meghan’s life sure has changed since she got hitched in May. 

Now it’s about to change in yet another way since a new report suggests that the Queen has gifted the couple a new home to envy all starter homes. 

According to the Daily Mail, Adelaide Cottage has been given to the newlyweds by Queen Elizabeth after the couple viewed the property and liked it. 

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Harper’s Bazaar confirms that the home is situated on the eastern side of the Windsor Castle grounds in Windsor, England, not far from where the couple got married in May.

The cottage underwent renovations in 2015 and is described as “picturesque” by the heritage organisation Historic England.

The main bedroom reportedly has a coved ceiling with gilded dolphins and rope ornament from a 19th Century Royal yacht. Plus, there’s a marble Greco-Egyptian fireplace.

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And Meghan and Harry don’t have to worry about their privacy as there are seven gated entrances to the cottages so they can come and go without worry of being photographed. 

The cottage is a Grade II listed property, which means it has special architectural or historic interest, and is considered to be of national importance. Therefore, it cannot be demolished and is protected by law.

Official photos of the cottage have not been released, but this Instagram account seems to have one of the only pictures of the outside of the cottage.

Apparently, Queen Elizabeth has gifted Prince Harry and Meghan Markle a new home! (Or a really, really old one.) ????????????????????????? Adelaide Cottage sits in Home Park on Windsor’s grounds, a few minutes’ walk from the castle. The Grade II-listed home was turned into a retreat for King William IV’s wife, Adelaide, in 1831 (which may be one reason the residence is protected by seven gates!) ???????????????????????????? The two-story home boasts a veranda, French casement windows, and a principal bedroom with a “coved ceiling with gilded dolphins and rope ornament reused from the Royal yacht, ‘Royal George’, [as well as] a marble Graeco-Egyptian fireplace”. So, it’s a definite upgrade from the couple’s current digs—Nottingham Cottage, a two-bedroom “bachelor pad” at Kensington Palace. ???????????????????????????? For privacy reasons, details on the home are sparse, but I managed to dig up a few saucy tin bits. The North Slopes, on which Windsor Castle stands, were turned into pleasure grounds in the early 19th century and extend just to Adelaide Cottage. After his marriage to Queen Victoria, the Prince Consort further embellished the Slopes, creating a gorgeous walk to Adelaide Cottage featuring grottoes, a rockery, and a waterfall. ????????????????????????? But my favorite secret detail? The cottage is set in its own enclosed gardens (swoon). I guess that’s what happens when you move into a retreat literally built for a Queen. ????????????????????????? Recent updates say the couple is set to move into Adelaide Cottage, but the palace has yet to confirm. In the meantime, I’ll just be looking at these pictures of the cottage and the stunning landscape it inhabits and figuring out what has to happen for me to have my own personal waterfall... (See key below for all landmarks pictured.) ????????????????????????? 1. Adelaide Cottage, present day |??| 2. Adelaide Cottage and Grounds (Sir Jeffry Wyatville, 19th century) |??| 3. Cascade Waterfall |??| 4. Five-Arch Bridge |??| 5. Aerial view of the Home Park |??| 6. The Cambridge Gate, entrance to the Home Park |??| 7. Trout pond, Great Park |??| 8. Queen’s Garden |??| 9. Terrace Garden |??| 10. Moat Garden |??|

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