Exclusive: Harry and Meghan confirm royal 'request' to move out of their Frogmore Cottage home

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JULY 18:  Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive at the United Nations Headquarters on July 18, 2022 in New York City. Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex is the keynote speaker during the United Nations General assembly to mark the observance of Nelson Mandela International Day where the 2020 U.N. Nelson Mandela Prize will be awarded to Mrs. Marianna Vardinogiannis of Greece and Dr. Morissanda Kouyaté of Guinea.  (Photo by Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images)
Harry and Meghan's spokesperson has confirmed their eviction from Frogmore Cottage. (Getty Images)

Prince Harry and Meghan have confirmed they have been asked to leave their Frogmore Cottage home in Windsor, Yahoo News UK can reveal.

On Tuesday, it emerged the King had offered the keys to Frogmore Cottage to Prince Andrew, who it is believed has been told by King Charles to leave his own nearby Royal Lodge residence by this autumn. Andrew is said to be reluctant to downsize from the Grade II-listed property.

In a short statement, the global press secretary for the Sussexes said: "We can confirm The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been requested to vacate their residence at Frogmore Cottage."

Charles's decision comes in the wake of the couple’s damning revelations about the King, Prince William and other royals in his recent memoir Spare, a Netflix documentary and a series of TV interviews.

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 25:  Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend an Anzac Day service at Westminster Abbey on April 25, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Eddie Mulholland - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Harry has alleged that William's aides leaked stories about him and Meghan to the press and that his elder brother physically attacked him in 2019. (Getty Images)

According to Yahoo's royal executive editor Omid Scobie, the Sussexes have been given until early summer to vacate the property.

The decision is likely to have upset the couple as they regard Frogmore Cottage as the only place they can stay in the UK that has sufficient security for their family.

The issue of their security following their withdrawal as senior royals in 2020 has been a significant concern for Harry and Meghan.

In February 2020, Harry was told he would no longer be given the "same degree" of personal protective security when visiting the UK.

Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (L) and Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attend the unveiling of a statue of their mother, Princess Diana at The Sunken Garden in Kensington Palace, London on July 1, 2021, which would have been her 60th birthday. - Princes William and Harry set aside their differences on Thursday to unveil a new statue of their mother, Princess Diana, on what would have been her 60th birthday. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski / POOL / AFP) (Photo by DOMINIC LIPINSKI/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Harry's eviction is unlikely to thaw relations between the Sussexes and Prince William and the rest of the Royal Family. (Getty Images)

The prince subsequently launched legal action against the Home Office after it decided he could not pay for police protection for himself and his family when visiting from North America.

Harry believes he requires personal protective security because a private security team would not have access to the kind of intelligence or jurisdiction needed to keep him and his family entirely safe.

Harry and Meghan were handed Frogmore Cottage by the Queen following their marriage in 2018. After stepping down from their royal duties in 2020, they moved to California to forge new lives and careers, but Frogmore Cottage remained their British base.

They also agreed to pay back the £2.4m of taxpayers' money that was spent renovating the house.


Sunday January 8th at 9pm on ITV1 and ITVX 

Pictured: Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex interviewed by Tom Bradby in California.

ITV will show an exclusive interview with Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex, next Sunday in which he will talk in-depth to Tom Bradby, journalist and ITV News at Ten presenter, covering a range of subjects including his personal relationships, never-before-heard details surrounding the death of his mother, Diana, and a look ahead at his future. 

The 90 minute programme, produced by ITN Productions for ITV, will be broadcast two days before Prince Harry’s autobiography ‘Spare’ is published on 10 January, by Transworld.

The book has been billed by publisher Penguin Random House as “a landmark publication full of insight, revelation, self-examination, and hard-won wisdom about the eternal power of love over grief”.

Filmed in California, where Harry now lives, Harry: The Interview, sees the Prince go into unprecedented depth and detail on life in and out of the Royal Family.

Speaking to Tom Bradby, who he has known for more than 20 years, Prince Harry shares his personal story, in his own words.

Michael Jermey, ITV Director of News and Current Affairs, said: “It is extremely rare for a member of the Royal Family to speak so openly about their experience at the heart of the institution. 

“Tom Bradby’s interview with Prince Harry will be a programme that everyone with an informed opinion on the monarchy should want to watch.
Harry gave interviews to promote his memoir Spare in which he divulged that relations haven't improved with his family. (ITV)

Harry's cousin Eugenie, Andrew's younger daughter, and her husband were given use of the home after the couple left.

Harry and Meghan have rarely returned to Britain since their departure for the US, but have used Frogmore on the few occasions they have been back, such as for celebrations for the late Queen Elizabeth's Platinum Jubilee last year.

Relations between the couple and the rest of the family have become even more strained since then following stinging criticisms of the royals and their aides in his book Spare, which broke sales records on its release in January.

The disagreements have cast major doubts on whether Harry will attend his father's coronation in May.

Buckingham Palace said it would not comment on the report.

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