The 'vacant' royal castle Harry and Meghan could live in if they move back to UK

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex could move into the Queen's former residence if they returned to Britain, according to a royal insider

The 'vacant' royal castle Harry and Meghan could live in if they move back to UK
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle could have a huge royal residence made available to them if the couple was to move back to the UK with Archie and Lilibet, an inside source has revealed. 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle could move into a fairytale castle in the British countryside if they were to return to the UK, a royal insider has revealed. 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are currently living in Santa Barbara, California, where they bought a $14 million mansion in the star-studded neighborhood of Montecito shortly after their controversial withdrawal from the Royal Family in January 2020. They also still hold the keys to Frogmore Cottage in Windsor, which was given to them by the late Queen Elizabeth III as a wedding present in May 2018. 

As the owners of two gorgeous properties already, it's unlikely Harry and Meghan want any more real estate to their names. The A-list couple is reportedly happy with their American abode, which boasts nine bedrooms and a separate guest house, and if they need a place to crash in England, as they did for the Queen's funeral, they can always go to Frogmore. 

Meghan Markle responds to rumours about her and Prince Harry's £2.4m Frogmore Cottage renovation

Frogmore Cottage

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Meghan recently even had a purpose-built studio for her Spotify podcast, Archetypes, installed at the swanky mansion, suggesting she and Harry are probably planning on staying at the residence for at least a few more months. 

Inside reports from royal sources have now revealed, however, that another plush property could be offered to the Sussexes - should they move back to England, that is. The Queen's former residence of Windsor Castle in Berkshire has been empty ever since Her Majesty's death aged 96 in September, making it a viable housing option for the couple if they wanted to return to their royal roots. 

This vacancy "opens the prospect of Prince Harry and Meghan moving there, should they decide to return to the UK," the Sun reported last week. 

A general view of people on The Long Walk and Windsor Castle, with Queen Elizabeth II in residence, on May 08, 2020 in Windsor, United Kingdom.

Windsor Castle

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It was previously speculated that Prince William and Kate Middleton planned to move into Windsor Castle with their children after the Queen's death, but it's since been reported that the Wales' family has no intention of leaving Adelaide Cottage any time soon. It's also understood that Harry and Meghan had initially wanted to live in a 'suite of apartments' at the Berkshire chateau, but had to settle with the much smaller property of Frogmore Cottage instead. 

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Emma Dooney
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Emma is a Lifestyle News Writer for Goodto. Hailing from the lovely city of Dublin, she mainly covers the Royal Family and the entertainment world, as well as the occasional health and wellness feature. Always up for a good conversation, she has a passion for interviewing everyone from A-list celebrities to the local GP - or just about anyone who will chat to her, really.