Harry and Meghan move into Kensington Palace after £1.4m renovation


The Duke and Duchess of Sussex can finally move into their apartment at Kensington Palace after its multi-million-pound facelift, MailOnline can reveal.

Builders have completed £1.4 million-worth of repairs on the roof and replaced the windows of their 21-room Apartment 1, on the west side of the Palace.

And the scaffolding and white tarpaulin, which has shrouded the building for most of the past year, has now been removed.

The finished building work means that Harry and Meghan could soon be neighbours of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who live in Apartment 1A.

The flats even have adjoining doors, which mean that the brothers and their wives will be able to visit each other without stepping outdoors.

And there will be plenty of room for the couple’s two dogs – the Duchess’s old friend Guy and a new black labrador they bought recently, reportedly called Oz. 

Since their engagement last November – and wedding this May – Harry and Meghan have lived in Harry’s bachelor pad Nottingham Cottage.

The bijou cottage was where Harry proposed to Meghan on one knee during a ‘cosy night in’ as they roasted a chicken.

Yet, behind the scenes, plans were underway to find the newly-weds a larger apartment.

When the Queen’s cousin Richard, Duke of Gloucester, whose three children were grown up, offered to vacate Apartment 1, Harry was thrilled.

But that meant finding a new home for the Gloucesters, a problem solved with the departure of the Queen’s private secretary Sir Christopher Geldt.

Now the couple can move in to the property, which has been home to the Gloucesters since 1972 and where they still currently live.

However, it will mean a change of lifestyle for the Sussexes, who currently live in relative simplicity without staff.

Meghan has already put her mark on the cottage, which has an open fire, cashmere throws, scented candles and fresh flowers.

And both she and Harry, who have kept a close eye on renovations, are expected to put similar touches to Apartment 1.

It was in 2014, in an interview with Tatler magazine, that Princess Michael first suggested that Apartment 1 would make the perfect home for Harry.

The Gloucesters had already offered the apartment to William and Kate but they had plumped for Princess Margaret’s old home.

She said at the time: ‘They’re rattling around this huge space and I think Prince Harry might go there. Then they’d be next door to each other – very good move.’

Meghan has come a long way since her childhood home in California: she lived with her mother Doria in a second-floor flat in the heart of Los Angeles.

Ironically, her new home once belonged to the first Duke of Sussex, Prince Augustus Frederick, sixth son and ninth child of George III.

It was divided into two apartments in 1955 when Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent, moved in with her children, creating Apartments 1 and 1A.



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