Her Majesty The Queen gifted Anmer Hall to The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the occasion of their wedding in 2011. It is now being reported that The Queen will offer Prince Harry and Meghan Markle a similar kind of gift in the form of York Cottage on the Sandringham Estate.
Anmer Hall, which was gifted to William and Kate, is also on the Sandringham Estate.
York Cottage was built as an overflow residence for Sandringham House. In 1893, the property was gifted by the future King Edward VII to his son, the future King George V, upon his marriage to the future Queen Mary. Even after their Accession, King George V and Queen Mary loved York Cottage and their five youngest children were even born there.
British writer, Lady Donaldson, said of York Cottage, “Too large and too full of footmen to be unremarkable in Surbiton or Upper Norwood, York Cottage in its own context is a monument to the eccentricity of the family who lived there.”
Far from eccentric, the next inhabitants of York Cottage look set to be Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
Royal Finance expert David McClure told News Corp that it was keeping with tradition by gifting royal newlyweds with a home, “It is their sanctuary, it keeps them sane. William and Kate would do that with Anmer, they’d just disappear. Wiliam got a place on the Sandringham Estate at Anmer and my hunch is that if Harry gets a place in the country, he and Meghan might want to be nearer London and as such somewhere in the Home Counties might be preferable.”
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will marry at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle on Saturday, May 19th. The Queen, Prince Philip, Prince Charles and Camilla and William and Kate, as well as other members of The Royal Family, will all be in attendance.
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