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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have vacated Frogmore Cottage - palace confirms

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex stepped back as senior royals in 2020, and now reside in California

Harry and Meghan watch the Invictus Games 2020
Emily Nash
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have officially moved out of Frogmore Cottage, Buckingham Palace has confirmed.

Prince Harry and Meghan have removed their belongings from their former home on King's Windsor Estate, with the news of their departure announced six months after they were reportedly asked to move out.

Sir Michael Stevens, Keeper of the Privy Purse, said: "We can confirm that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have vacated Frogmore Cottage. The Duke and Duchess have repaid the expenditure incurred by the Sovereign Grant in relation to the renovation of Frogmore Cottage, thus leaving the Crown with a greatly enhanced asset."

The property, which was previously divided into flats, underwent £2.4million of renovations before Harry and Meghan moved in in 2019.

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Frogmore Cottage© Getty
Frogmore Cottage, on the Windsor estate, was gifted to Harry and Meghan by the late Queen
harry meghan frogmore cottage© Netflix
The couple shared a glimpse inside Frogmore Cottage in their Netflix docuseries

They lived there for just six months before announcing their decision to leave the UK for a new life overseas, but kept it as their UK base.

The couple later repaid the cost of the renovations in a deal which included leasing Frogmore Cottage for "several years".

But they were reportedly asked to leave in January this year, following the publication of Prince Harry's memoir Spare.

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Princess Lilibet Diana on her first birthday© Misan Harriman
Princess Lilibet celebrated her first birthday at Frogmore Cottage last year

Palace officials refused on speculate on who might move in, amid reports that the Duke of York has been offered the five-bedroom property to free up his current residence, Royal Lodge. His private lease arrangement is separate from the Sovereign Grant funding.

Harry was last in the UK earlier this month when he gave evidence at the High Court over his alleged hacking claim against Mirror Group Newspapers (MGN), before that he had returned briefly for his father the King's coronation in May.

Prince Harry waves to cameras © Getty
Prince Hary at the High Court in March
Prince Harry speaks to Princess Anne, Princess Royal during the Coronation of King Charles III and Queen Camilla © Getty
Harry attended his father's coronation in May

The Sussexes moved to the US in 2020 after stepping back as senior royals, and currently reside in Montecito, Santa Barbara with their children, Prince Archie, four, and two-year-old Princess Lilibet

Grade-II listed Frogmore was a gift to the couple from Harry's grandmother, the late Queen Elizabeth II