Prince Harry and Meghan Markle 'Fell in Love' With This Royal Cottage, so the Queen Gave It to Them (Video)
According to the Daily Mail, Queen Elizabeth has reportedly offered to gift Adelaide Cottage to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
The cottage, which is located on the Windsor Castle estate (the same grounds where the couple said their vows), was built in 1831 but has never served as a royal residence. According to The Sun, the cottage has instead been used as a residence of "grace and favor," meaning it was typically lent out rent-free as part of an employment contract or to thank someone for their royal service.
The property, The Sun reported, was renovated in 2015 and includes a somewhat over-the-top master bedroom that comes covered with gilded dolphins. The Sun also noted that a rope ornament from the Royal George, a yacht used by the Royal Navy of the United Kingdom in the 1800s, is used as decoration in the home.
The cottage also comes complete with a slate roof, a marble fireplace, and two diagonally set chimneys.
As the Daily Mail additionally reported, the home may sound familiar to those who watch The Crown, because it was once home to Princess Margaret’s beau, Group Captain Peter Townsend.
Townsend first moved into the cottage in 1945 with his then-wife Rosie Marchioness Camden. The pair divorced in 1952, at which point his affair with Princess Margaret became public. However, the princess was never allowed to marry Townsend as he was a divorcée, making it the irony to end all ironies that Meghan, also a divorcée, may soon call the cottage home.
According to the source who spoke to the Daily Mail, Harry and Meghan went to the property for a tour, fell in love with it, and will soon move in. Sounds like a lovely place to raise those supposedly "soon to come" royal babies.