PRINCE Harry and Meghan Markle could lose Frogmore Cottage as King Charles debates what to do with royal residences up and down the country.
His Majesty is set to deal with the palace merry go round as he decides firstly where he will live – and who will get the keys to other properties.
After ascending to the throne, King Charles is now essentially the landlord of a whole host of properties.
Buckingham Palace is the traditional headquarters of the monarch and was first acquired by King Charles III as far back as 1761.
But it is understood the new King is not a fan of the vast palace and may simply use it as an 'office'.
He is believed to be very keen on using Clarence House – which has served as his official residence since 2003 – as his home.
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While he could use Buckingham Palace for work and "banquets, receptions and investitures", Clarence House may still function as his London home.
But as he mulls over where to call home, other royals will be waiting to know which residences they can take up.
It is thought the shuffle could see Prince Andrew turfed out of the Royal Lodge, a Grade-II listed home in Windsor Great Park.
The disgraced duke has lived in the 30-room house since flogging Sunninghill Park in 2007.
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Meanwhile, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex could be booted out of Frogmore Cottage following their permanent move to the US.
Harry and Meghan moved into the Georgian house in April 2019, a month before baby Archie was born and after extensive renovations were completed.
Their five-bedroom property — a gift from the Queen — was said to have required a “substantial overhaul” before they were able to move in, including new heating, wiring and utilities.
But less than a year later, the couple announced they would be stepping back from their duties as senior members of the Royal Family
They spent six weeks in Canada between November 2019 and January 2020 before settling down in the US.
Harry and Meghan splashed out more than £11.5million on a beautiful mansion in the Montecito neighbourhood in Santa Barbara, California, in June 2020.
King Charles must also decide what to do with other royal residences dotted throughout the country, including Sandringham, Highgrove House and Windsor Castle.
There is the option that the King could use Sandringham regularly like his mother did.
The Queen often spent time there over Christmas and used it as a winter holiday home.
But there is speculation King Charles may not rely as heavily on the stunning mansion for getaways – due to his fondness for his own holiday home.
It comes as…
- It was revealed Prince George and Princess Charlotte will attend The Queen's funeral
- King Charles said he had been "deeply touched" by the nation's outpouring of love following The Queen's death
- A mum and a daughter were the last two mourners to join the queue to see The Queen lying in state
- Princess Kate sat down with Ukraine first lady Olena Zelensky to reinforce the UK's commitment to Ukraine
- The order of service for Her Majesty's funeral was revealed
- And The Queen will be reunited with Prince Philip in a 16ft burial chamber
Meanwhile, Highgrove House has been the family residence of King Charles since 1980 when it was first purchased on his behalf by the Duchy of Cornwall.
He originally spent weekends at the Gloucestershire manor with Princess Diana and their sons, William and Harry.
But it is believed the new monarch may shun the property as Camilla, the Queen Consort, is understood to not be fond of it over its links to Charles's first marriage.
Like Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle in Berkshire is another traditional seat for British monarchs.
But the fortress is another location King Charles is reportedly not keen on and he may consider letting Prince William and Kate Middleton live there.
The couple, however, have just moved into Adelaide Cottage in Windsor with their three kids.
And it is understood Charles has drawn up plans to turn the Queen's beloved Balmoral into a museum in tribute to his late mother.
The Scottish estate – where the Queen died at the age of 96 on September 8 – could be made into a public exhibition.
Her Majesty spent many happy summers with Prince Philip at the royal retreat.
She spent her final days at Balmoral having fun with family, reading the Racing Post and watching TV with staff.
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The Queen spent three months every summer at the Scottish castle and would “kick off her shoes” and relax.
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