Prince Harry and Meghan Markle reportedly left “stunned” by proposed new owner of their former home Frogmore Cottage

A royal expert has said it is ‘impossible to believe’ the eviction was not related to Harry’s autobiography Spare

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have reportedly been left 'stunned' as their former home, Frogmore Cottage, has now allegedly been offered to the disgraced Duke of York.

The royal family have seemingly broken their silence regarding Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's recent projects targeting them - well, they didn't, a representative for the Sussexes did it for them. 

On Wednesday, 1 March, a spokesperson for Harry and Meghan confirmed that the couple had been asked to leave their UK residence Frogmore Cottage, which was gifted to them by the late Queen after their wedding in 2018.

King Charles III reportedly requested that the pair “vacate” the residence back in January, a move which, according to royal commentator RS Locke, can only be seen as retaliation to the release of Prince Harry’s scathing memoir, Spare.

She told The Independent that it is “impossible to believe this isn’t” related to the memoir with the expert pointing out that Harry and Meghan were asked to vacate Frogmore Cottage “within days of the book’s release”.

She said, “Evicting the Sussex family from Frogmore Cottage is transparently punitive and King Charles wanted the couple and the public to know it.”

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Following the confirmation of their eviction, it has been reported by The Sun that the King has now offered the keys to the 10-bedroom property to Prince Andrew, Duke of York.

Harry and Meghan are reportedly  “stunned” that their former home would be gifted to the disgraced royal. Royal expert Omid Scobie wrote on Yahoo! News, "The property, they were told, is needed for someone else. It’s news, sources tell me, that has left Harry and Meghan stunned, and at least two members of the Royal Family 'appalled'."

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

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While The Sun have reported that Frogmore Cottage has been offered to Prince Andrew, the Duke is said to be “resisting” the move. This is because he would have to leave his current residence at Royal Lodge, where he has lived for nearly 20 years.

Nigel Cawthorne, who authored the 2020 book Prince Andrew: Epstein, Maxwell and The Palace,  explained that leaving the Royal Lodge signals a major demotion for Andrew. He told The Independent, “For Andrew to move out of Royal Lodge and into Frogmore Cottage is a demotion. He can, of course, dig his heels in and refuse to move. Then Charles will have to send the bailiffs in."

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Charlie Elizabeth Culverhouse
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Charlie Elizabeth Culverhouse is royal news and entertainment writer for She began her freelance journalism career after graduating from Nottingham Trent University with an MA in Magazine Journalism, receiving an NCTJ diploma, and earning a First Class BA (Hons) in Journalism at the British and Irish Modern Music Institute. She has also worked with BBC Good Food and The Independent.