Meghan Markle and Prince Harry felt 'claustrophobic' at Kensington Palace 7 months ago

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry felt 'claustrophobic' at Kensington Palace

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have officially left their home in Kensington Palace.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex - who are said to be expecting their first child "in a matter of days" - recently moved to their new cottage in Windsor, a source told People

The couple announced that they were going to be moving to a new royal residence just a few weeks after confirming Meghan's pregnancy.

Their new home, Frogmore Cottage, is about 25 miles away from Kensington Palace - and the two-bedroom cottage they shared since they announced their engagement in November 2017.

A family friend told the publication:

"They'll enjoy it much more in Windsor. They feel claustrophobic in their place in Kensington Palace."

Another insider added that the move "is a really healthy thing to do", adding:

“I presume it must be nice to get out and away. Without neighbors who are all either family or staff [at Kensington Palace], they will now have their own thing.”

The news of the couple's move was announced amid reports that Prince Harry and Prince William were planning to split their royal households.

It was confirmed in February that the Queen had agreed to the creation of a new household for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Prince Charles is said to have also supported the move.

The household will be set up in the spring, most likely after the birth of the couple's first child.

A statement from the palace said:

“The Queen has agreed to the creation of a new Household for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, following their marriage in May last year.

"The Household, which will be created with the support of The Queen and The Prince of Wales, will be established in the spring.

"The Duke of Sussex currently has his own private office, which has been supporting The Duchess since Their Royal Highness' engagement in November 2017.

"This long-planned move will ensure that permanent support arrangements for The Duke and Duchess’s work are in place as they start their family and move to their official residence at Frogmore Cottage."

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Earlier this week, the Sussexes set up their own Instagram account - @sussexroyal. They previously shared the @kensingtonroyal account with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.