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He was not being literal.
When Prince Harry He joked at his first forum of the Royal Foundation in February, that he and his brother Prince William (and by association, their spouses Meghan Markle Y Kate Middleton) were "united for the rest of our lives", referring to the members of the organization that they established in 2009 to defend the causes for which both are equally passionate, as members of The Firm, dedicated to represent their beloved grandmother Queen Elizabeth II In all aspects of his public life. But not, as it turns out, as neighbors on the extensive grounds of Kensington Palace.
Because on Saturday, the long-awaited real estate coup after Harry and Meghan's wedding was announced and, to the surprise of many, is not taking them to the 1-room apartment 21 of the residence, just a stone's throw from the extension of four-story William and Kate share with Prince George5 Princess Charlotte3 and 8 months old Prince Luis, but rather about 25 miles away from Queen's Windsor Estate.
And although it would be easy to continue the narrative that began when it was revealed that the two brothers intended to divide their two courts in the House of Cambridge and the House of Sussex, the idea that Harry is at war with his brother is simply not True Meghan also does not beg her husband to put some physical distance between her and Kate. The two duchesses are quite different and probably not destined to become best friends, but getting along has never been a problem, no matter how many stories are written about their alleged battle for focus.
Rather, the problem is with London, more specifically with life in the city of life in the center of attention for the heiress of Harry and Meghan, which will be presented sometime next spring. While the images of Harry's childhood have fun with his 27-month-old brother, he suggests that his childhood at Kensington Palace was quite idyllic, the problem lies in the fact that there is photographic evidence.
In short, a source says The Daily MailHarry is eager to "get away from the real-life bowl of colorful fish."
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As recently as this autumn, the 34-year-old player seemed to agree to subscribe to get more, says a source. The Daily Mail There were "multiple" home options available for the couple who were looking to upgrade from their quaint, but small, Nottingham Cottage, to two rooms. The list included Department 1 reported, with the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester happy to move to a smaller property in Kensington.
But after he and Meghan, 37, returned from their first major live tour, 16 days in a row of posing on camera, answering intrusive questions and waving countless hands on their walks before the event, they revealed that they had reached their destination. decision and told attendees to begin plans for the renovation of Windsor's 20-room Frogmore house.
The place of the reception of his wedding in May, the diffusion in the country is undoubtedly "a very special place for his royal highnesses," as the palace said in a statement. But that is just one of the reasons why the house attracted the expectant couple. While there were practical considerations (the UK newspaper noted that the renovation of historic Apartment 1 could cost somewhere in the neighborhood the more than $ 5 million spent to bring William and Kate's pad to tobacco), the main factor was the welfare of your future Lord or lady
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After all, George and Charlotte spent their first years at Anmer Hall in the most remote town of Norfolk, a choice William could make for his family due to the proximity of the 10-room extension to his performance as an air ambulance pilot and his grandmother's blessing "William is very grateful," said a friend. Vanity Fair in 2016. "This allows him and Kate to raise their family in a way that is as normal as they can get."
But fully committing to real life last fall meant relinquishing some of that peaceful anonymity, William's role as king in the process, which meant it was more important for him to maintain a residence in London. Even in their new and much more public excavations, William and Kate have pledged to give their young a childhood as normal as possible for a trio of headlines. A green space adjacent to the house of his palace gives the children a place to run, but if they want to have a bit more legroom in the nearby Kensington Gardens, they open to curious, curious looks and photographic lenses .
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"The Cambridges have their garden in the back, which is good," said one source. The Daily Mail, "but there is no other real space for children to play." On the contrary, Frogmore House at Windsor "is isolated, peaceful, quiet and, most importantly, private," the source said. "Nobody will see them come and go."
It also comes with a very enthusiastic review. Having grown up in Windsor with her older sister Princess beatriz, Princess eugenie, who now shares a house in Kensington with her new husband Jack Brooksbank, gave Harry and Meghan with stories of their happy memories. "Actually, it was Princess Eugenia who convinced them to make the decision," a source told We weekly, "since he had such a wonderful and peaceful childhood on the grounds of Windsor."
And that is precisely what Harry and Meghan expect for their future litter. Speaking to Elle In 2015, Meghan became infuriated by growing up in a quaint area of Los Angeles, describing her neighborhood as "leafy and affordable." And although he will raise his son some 5,000 miles and an ocean away, he still hopes to replicate that picturesque part of the suburbs. "They want their children to grow up in an environment as normal as possible," the source shared.
They just do not see that happening in the city. Since their spring vows, the newlyweds have struggled to get rid of as many of their weekends as possible in renting their country in Cotswold on the bucolic 4,000-acre Great Tew Estate. "They spend a lot of time in the Cotswolds, more than people think," said a friend. Vanity Fair. "They are in the country much more than in London and they are enjoying a discreet and very tame start for married life."
Now they await the same start on their parenting trip. "This shows that Harry and Meghan really want to get their children out of the public eye," said one informant. We weekly. "They never loved living in London."
Part of that has to do with Meghan's transient transition to her new real existence. After spending his first three decades living a life decidedly as pleased, developing his resume with acting concerts and philanthropic activities, entering a world where his pets require express approval and has to study who is to bow. Public settings, well, it's been a bit of a learning experience.
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"She is a woman who has lived in her 30 years in her own way, she has been a relatively successful actress, she has her own humanitarian interests and her own circle of friends," said one source. The Daily Mail. "She is very self-sufficient, understanding the style of the Palace, the deference, the politics and the fact that there is a hierarchical order, it is taking a while for Meghan to move."
His views, combined with Harry's constant desire to please his new girlfriend, have caused some difficult moments, continued with the insider: "She is quite critical and Harry has become very dictatorial lately, which has not facilitated things sometimes. "
However, the idea that she created this great break between the brothers or that she disagrees with Kate, is more likely to be due, in part, to her role as the queen's future consort, is simply not the case. "While there are some tensions behind the scenes," the insider said, "Kate is quite unflappable and nothing has become bad enough for Harry and Meghan to move in. People are really happy to see them so happy. The truth is that there simply is not enough space in the Kensington Palace for them. "
And it's not like they're eliminating William and Kate from their lives. Keeping your official office in Kensington means that you will make the 25-mile journey fairly regularly so that your little one has enough time with his cousins and the four fierce ones can continue to make joint appearances at special events.
They just will not spend every night having dinner together or drinking tea on a regular basis, although a friend maintains that The Daily Mail That was never really the case. "The idea of the two as 'children', the brothers doing everything together and living in each other's pockets, has been pushed with good intentions, but it has not existed for some time," said the friend. "The truth is that both have grown, they are rare because they live together and work together, but there has been a setback."
And, in fact, it has only been last year that the couple has been sharing a backyard, the first time they have lived a short distance from their study days to become helicopter pilots with the Royal Air Force in 2009. " They are still incredibly close, closer than most brothers, "said the friend," but now Harry has married and is about to become a father, so it's a good time to plan his own future. acrimony ".
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Which is good, considering that the separation is still many months away. The 20-room cabin, awarded to the newlyweds by the queen, currently consists of five separate apartments with a total of 10 rooms, which means that it will require extensive renovation until the growing family can move. a source said We weekly, leaving about five or six bedrooms, and a living space for a part-time babysitter. (Or, maybe, Meghan's mother based in California Doria Ragland, Royalty has been working hard to persuade the social worker that England is their permanent home.)
The duo is also looking to add a sizeable gymnasium where yoga devotee Meghan can "practice in private," reports the magazine along with, of course, a nursery for her arrival in the spring. As such, they have accepted that they could take their new baby home to Kensington during the first few months. "While they really hope to be moved to Frogmore in time for the birth, they are also realistic," said one source. "Due to the delays these projects face and the limited amount of time they have, they are mentally prepared not to be in the new house until the fall of 2019."
Which, considering all the wisdom that William and Kate have to impart as parents of three children, could work well. The brothers have already endured both together, growing as princes the size of a pint, the eyes of the world on them even before. Princess DianaThe premature death pushed them to the center of the tragedy. "Losing our mother at a young age has helped us travel together through that difficult patch," William shared during an appearance in January at an event for the Campaign Against Life, a miserable charity. "You have a similar mentality, you go through similar things, it's a bond and it's something that you know you've dealt with together and you've done better because of that."
And that kind of link, well, it's pretty hard to demolish with only a few miles of physical distance. As Harry projected once, he and his brother are destined to be linked for life.
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