The family home of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex has been likened to a “fortress” following a claim that privacy is a leading concern for the couple.
Meghan and Markle and Prince Harry came under fire earlier in the summer after it was revealed £2.4 million of public money had been spent on renovating Frogmore Cottage in Windsor.
Thought to have been among the updated fixtures and fittings is a designer kitchen and a copper bath worth up to £5000.
The couple also faced a backlash for keeping baby Archie’s christening a media-free, private affair.
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The decision to keep the identities of Archie’s godparents under wraps also sparked criticism within royal circles, according to reports.
Royal biographer Katie Nicholl explained during a TV appearance that secluded living was a “key factor” for Harry and Meghan.
She told ITV host Christine Lampard: “We know that they’re living this wonderful tucked-away life at Frogmore Cottage which is pretty much, from what I hear, a fortress.
“Privacy’s the key factor.”
The author also claimed the family will soon spend time with the Queen and Prince Philip at Balmoral in Scotland.
She said: “The Sussexes are due to be going for the very first time and, of course, taking little Archie for his first family summer holiday.”
Adding that Meghan will be in Scotland as she turns 38, the royal expert also speculated about how her birthday will be celebrated.
Ms Nicholl continued: “Meghan will be celebrating her 38th birthday early in August on the fourth.
“It’s a nice place to do it – so probably a birthday tea there.”
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