Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have a new home: Adelaide Cottage, although the word “cottage” is definitely one of those stiff-upper-lip English understatements.
According to the Daily Mail, Adelaide Cottage is a present to the newlyweds from Queen Elizabeth II (some wedding gift!). The couple toured the place, loved it, and plan to move in soon.
Built in 1831, the cottage is located within Home Park, a 655-acre royal park that’s also home to Windsor Castle, about 35 miles west of London. And of course, Adelaide isn’t a cute, cozy cottage at all, but a sprawling mansion!
Here’s what you’ll want to know about Harry and Meghan’s new digs (including the surprising detail on their bedroom ceiling).
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s new home
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It’s a big step up from where they’ve been
It’s no wonder these newlyweds are thrilled with Adelaide, since they’ve been “slumming it” in Nottingham Cottage, on the grounds of Kensington Palace in London. Get this: “Nott Cott,” as it’s called, has no air conditioning and only one bathroom!
Adelaide has a scandalous past
If you have watched the Netflix hit “The Crown” or are just an old-school royals fanatic, you’ll recall that Queen Elizabeth II’s younger sister, Princess Margaret, wanted to marry Capt. Peter Townsend, but her big sister forbade the marriage because Townsend was divorced. Well, guess what? Townsend, who worked for Margaret and Elizabeth’s father, lived in Adelaide, too. Could it have seen some forbidden trysts?
An aerial view of Adelaide Cottage
The location is ideally secluded
The place offers the couple plenty of privacy and escape routes from paparazzi.
As the Daily News source explains, “There are seven gated entrances and exits to Windsor Castle, so the newlyweds could come and go without worrying about being photographed.” But its locale is great in other ways, too: It’s only a few miles from the Guards Polo Club in Windsor Great Park, where Harry hits the links regularly.
It makes the grade, historically
In England, properties of historical significance have a grade, and Adelaide is Grade II. (Buckingham Palace is Grade I.) This means the structure may not be altered or added to without permission from the local planning authority. So, here’s hoping the couple don’t have their heart set on renovating anytime soon.
It has some, um, interesting decor details
Sadly, no interior pics of Adelaide are readily available, but the heritage organization Historic England calls the building “picturesque” and lists many of the fine features concealed within.
Probably the highlight is the master bedroom, which features a marble Greco-Egyptian fireplace and a coved ceiling—which means it’s rounded where it meets the walls for a smoother appearance. And, in this case, it’s decked out with gilded dolphins and rope ornament upcycled from a royal yacht from the 1800s called the Royal George.
Dolphins? Ropes? That’s so not what we expected, but it just goes to show that royal homes can be full of surprises.
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