Inside Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry’s new life at Frogmore Cottage

It seems the royal couple have fully embraced country life.
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After months of waiting for renovations of their new home, Frogmore Cottage, to be complete, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex finally moved into the house at Windsor last week, just in time to welcome their first child later this month.

The extensive renovations, which are thought to have cost upwards of £3 million (NZD $5.78 million), are said to include a yoga studio, triple-glazed windows (to block out the noise from nearby Heathrow Airport) and a low-carbon energy unit.

A first look at Frogmore Cottage after the extensive renovations. (Image: Shutterstock)

The royal couple had previously been living in Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace in London and it appears they couldn’t wait to move out to the countryside with a source telling Elle that the pair “couldn’t be more excited about starting their life together with their new baby and are keen that their child will be able to enjoy their privacy away from the fish bowl.”

Another source close to the couple tells Vanity Fair that the couple wanted to be at Windsor to have space and privacy.

“At Frogmore they can go to ground, which at the moment suits them perfectly,” the source tells the publication.

And it seems they’ve fully embraced country life, with reports the Sussexes have created a garden plot to grow their own organic produce.

Meghan, 37, is known for her love of food and cooking and in an old interview spoke about her passion for gardening.

“Growing up in southern California… I loved gardening and growing my own vegetables.

“That farm-to-table ethos was ingrained at such a young age.”

Meghan has previously said the ‘farm-to-table ethos’ has been something that had been ingrained in her from a young age thanks to growing up in southern California. (Image: Getty)

According to royal correspondent for the Daily Mail, Rebecca English, Harry, 34, and Meghan are keen to grow their own herbs, fruit and veg at their newly landscaped gardens that surround their 10-bedroom home.

“The duchess has a passion for cooking so it was suggested to include a small plot in the spacious garden where they can grow some of their own produce,” a royal source tells Rebecca.

“She regularly cooks for Prince Harry and the cottage will be the perfect place for her to prepare meals with some home grown produce from their own garden.

“It is understood she wants to be able to grow vegetables, herbs and soft fruits.”

Meghan is known for her love for food and cooking, even running a now deleted lifestyle blog called The Tig. (Image: Getty)

Apart from their security detail the couple are alone on the property, Vanity Fair reports, with a source telling the publication, “They don’t have valets, butlers or a live-in chef.”

“It’s a very scaled down operation which is what they want.”

And with the birth of Baby Sussex due any day now, it’s likely Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland will be flying into the UK very soon to support the royal couple and their newborn.

An annex is said to have been built next to the nursery, so Doria can have her own space while she stays and which could then be repurposed for a nanny, should the couple choose to have one.

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