The move to evict the Duke and Duchess of Sussex is allegedly to make room for disgraced Prince Andrew to move in.
Prince Andrew formerly had an apartment and office in Buckingham Palace, but his access was removed in January 2023 by his monarch brother, three years after Andrew stepped down from his royal duties due to his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein. Andrew was also accused of sexual assault, which he denied, and was stripped of his royal patronages.
Reportedly, Harry and Meghan are “appalled” by Charles’ decision.
The couple currently resides in Montecito in Santa Barbara, Calif., with their two young children, Archie, 3, and Lilibet, 1.
According to Scobie, the royal couple has until early summer to remove their remaining belongings from the property, despite Andrew not making a decision yet.
Frogmore Cottage became the official residence of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in 2018, but they moved to California in 2020.
Initially, the couple made renovations on the home that cost U.K. taxpayers around $2 million, which Prince Harry later repaid.
He then allegedly made an arrangement with his family to continue “renting” the property for “several years,” according to CBS News.
The couple used the cottage as their official U.K. residence and stayed there when they visited for Queen Elizabeth‘s funeral in 2022.
Prince Harry and Meghan have apparently not been offered another royal residence.
Apparently, Charles has said he wants Harry and Meghan to attend his May 6 coronation, but the eviction move seems to add tension to the fraught relationship between Prince Harry and the Royal Family after the release of his memoir, Spare.
Plus, the Netflix documentary featuring the couple released in December 2022 revealed intimate conversations about their relationship with the royals, including the apparent feud between Harry and his brother, Prince William.
However, a source reportedly told ET, “Of course, Charles wants his son at the coronation. It is a pivotal moment in his life. He loves both his sons and wants Prince Harry there.”
The source added, “King Charles wants to mend the relationship within the family. They will be invited. It would look terrible if they were not.”