This royal abode might surprise you.


Meghan Markle and her two beloved dogs are officially moving to Kensington Palace.

On Monday, Markle and Prince Harry announced their engagement, sharing with the world that they plan to wed in the spring of 2018. In the meantime, the couple is reportedly already cohabiting in Harry’s cottage on the grounds of Kensington Palace.

According to the Daily Mail, the royal pair is living in Harry’s longtime bachelor pad, the two-bedroom, 1,324-square-foot Nottingham Cottage. It is the smallest residential building on the lavish property.

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The American actress Meghan Markle will live at Nottingham Cottage in Kensington Palace as her engagement to Britain's Prince Harry was announced on Monday.
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Harry has occupied the small home for the last four years after taking it over from Prince William and Kate Middleton, who made the cottage their first marital home as well.

It truly is the perfect spot for a royal couple to start their lives as it’s contained inside the walls of Kensington and comes with all the bells and whistles a palace has to offer. But it’s also self-contained, was impeccably designed by Sir Christopher Wren, has a small reception room, and even a small yard for Meghan’s dogs. It also allegedly comes with a hammock in the yard that Harry himself installed when he first moved in.

Kensington Palace grounds showing cottage location
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The cottage was previously also home to Princess Diana's sister Lady Jane Fellowes and her husband Sir Robert Fellowes, who was the Queen's former secretary. Prince Philip’s private secretary, Brigadier Sir Miles Hunt-Davis, also once lived in the cottage with his wife Gay.

Though it will just be the two of them in the cottage, they will undoubtedly have frequent visitors as Kate, William, Princess Charlotte, and Prince George live just steps away in the palace’s Apartment 1A, a much larger 20-room home.

Harry and Meghan may even decide to move closer to William and Kate by taking over the 21-room apartment next door to his brother’s once they wed. But for now, the cottage will do just fine as the pair prepares to live happily ever after.