- Kensington Palace, next to London’s Hyde Park, is home to 15 high-ranking royals.
- Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are reportedly ready to move to a 21-room apartment on the grounds after renovations.
- They have been living in a cottage on the palace grounds, which is where Harry proposed.
- Prince William and Kate Middleton will be their new neighbors, as the couple and their three children share a grand 20-room apartment that spans four floors.
- Many other royals are there as well.
- The queen and Prince Philip live in Buckingham Palace, about 2 miles away.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are reportedly about to move apartments within Kensington Palace, the royal residence they share with more than a dozen other major royals.
British newspaper The Sun reported that a year-long refurbishment of the 21-bedroom Apartment 1 is complete, noting that scaffolding around the buildings has been removed.
But they won’t be moving far: Meghan and Harry had already been living in a cottage on the grounds, which is where Harry proposed just over a year ago.
The couple’s new apartment would be directly next door to Prince William and Kate Middleton’s home — they will even have adjoining doors so the family can stay close.
The palace, a royal residence since the 1600s, has seen a royal wedding and a royal birth this year —and there’s another royal wedding to come, making it easily the most bustling of the royal family’s many grand homes.
Within its grounds are a host of separate properties, ranging from relatively humble cottages, to the grand 20-room apartment occupied by Prince William, Kate Middleton, and their young family.
As well as royal living quarters, which tend to be relatively sedately decorated, it is also home to lavish state rooms used for grand occasions, like this one:
Here’s a breakdown of who’s who, and where they live in Kensington Palace:
Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis: Apartment 1A
William, Kate, and their children are not only the largest group of royals in Kensington Palace but the closest to the throne.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, they have the best rooms going. The family of five occupies Apartment 1A, a collection of 20 stately rooms with a commanding view of Hyde Park.
They moved to Kensington Palace full time in October 2013, not long after their first child, Prince George, was born. Princess Charlotte followed in 2015, and Prince Louis in April 2018.
The public rarely get to see inside, but photographers were allowed to take photos of a reception room when William and Kate hosted the Obamas in 2016:
We also saw another view (or maybe even another room) where Prince George played on a rocking horse before meeting the US president.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle: Nottingham Cottage (for now)
While they may be moving soon, until now Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been living in a significantly less grand two-bed cottage.
They lived there before they got married on May 19, and came back two days after the ceremony to make it their marital home.
The cottage, nicknamed „Nott Cott“ and often described as „snug,“ has been Harry’s home since 2013.
Meghan moved in just after their engagement was made public in November 2017. Harry proposed to Meghan when they were spending an evening together at Nottingham Cottage, surprising her while they were roasting a chicken.
After announcing their engagement, they gave an interview from the cottage, sitting on its sofa, which is one of the only times the public has seen inside:
Traditionally, royal couples have been given bigger residences after getting married, and Apartment 1 would be a step up for the pair.
Duke of Gloucester and Duchess of Gloucester: Apartment 1 (but likely not for long)
The Duke of Gloucester, one of Queen Elizabeth II’s cousins, and his wife, the Duchess of Gloucester, were the last to reside in Apartment 1. It isn’t clear whether they moved out during the renovation work.
It is not clear if they continued to live in the apartment while renovations were underway. The Sun reported that the couple offered to vacate the property to make way for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
Like William and Kate’s home at 1A, the dwelling is a large complex of rooms in the main palace building. The two used to be one enormous set of rooms until they were divided in the 1950s.
The complex has 21 rooms, slightly pipping the size of William and Kate’s, but few details are available other than its overall size.
Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank: Ivy Cottage
The newest royals at Kensington Palace are Princess Eugenie, who is William’s and Harry’s cousin, and her fiancé, Jack Brooksbank, a London socialite.
According to The Sun, the couple moved into a cottage right next to Harry and Meghan’s about the same time Kate was in the hospital delivering Prince Louis.
The couple announced their engagement in January, a few weeks after getting engaged while vacationing in Nicaragua.
They are getting married at Windsor Castle in the same chapel as Harry and Meghan on October 12, but the occasion is likely to attract much less publicity.
Prince and Princess Michael of Kent: Apartment 10
Prince Michael of Kent, another of the queen’s cousins but from a more junior line, lives in the main palace building with his wife.
She is known as Princess Michael, in the old-fashioned tradition by which the wives of princes take their husband’s name.
This same rule means that Kate can technically be referred to as Princess William of Cambridge, and Meghan as Princess Henry of Wales, but the names are not widely used.
Their apartment, No. 10, consists of five bedrooms and five receptions rooms. They used to have use of the property rent-free, but since 2008 they have been paying a reported £10,000 ($13,600) per month in rent.
The Duke and Duchess of Kent: Wren House
The Duke of Kent, Prince Michael’s older brother, also lives in the Kensington Palace grounds with his wife, the Duchess.
Their home, Wren House, is named after the famous British architect Christopher Wren, who built St Paul’s Cathedral and several properties for the royal household.
Few details about their home have ever been made public. It is physically between Ivy and Nottingham cottages and appears to be of a similar size.
What about the queen?
Queen Elizabeth II lives at Buckingham Palace with her husband, Prince Philip. It’s about 2 miles from Kensington Palace, across Hyde Park and Green Park.
It’s not quite as cosy as living on the same property, but if Her Majesty ever wants to drop in on her cousins, grandchildren or great-grandchildren, they aren’t far away.
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