It’s all change for Princess Eugenie recently. Not only has she just become a mother, having given birth to her first child with husband Jack Brooksbank last week, but she’s also been moving house a fair bit lately, too.
A few months back we reported that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry had offered up their Windsor home – the newly renovated Frogmore Cottage – to Eugenie and Jack. It was a sensible suggestion; the five-bedroom family home had been vacant since the Sussexes relocated to California for good, and Frogmore would be an ideal place for Eugenie and Jack to raise their baby son.
Before Christmas, Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank moved in, but just six weeks later it was announced that Frogmore Cottage was empty once more. “It is empty again. Why does no one want to live in Frogmore Cottage? What is wrong with the place?” an insider told Vanity Fair.
Royal expert Omid Scobie – the author of the unauthorised biography on Meghan and Harry, Finding Freedom – went on to shed a bit more light on to all the to-ing and fro-ing in his royal podcast, The HeirPod. He clarified that the expectant parents had returned to the Royal Lodge, where Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice grew up, to spend the Christmas holidays with Eugenie’s parents, Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson. “So I imagine that’s probably where they will remain up until much later in the year,” suggested Scobie.
However, it’s now been reported that Eugenie, Jack, and their currently-nameless baby son (well, I’m sure he’s got a name – we just don’t know it yet) have returned to Frogmore Cottage. Yup, told you there was a lot of house moving in this story.
After giving birth to the baby boy at the luxury Portland Hospital in London on 9 February (the same place Meghan Markle had Archie), People reports that Eugenie was discharged two days later and headed straight for Frogmore Cottage with her new family. Photographs of Eugenie, Jack and the baby driving away from the hospital were taken, with the newborn’s carseat visible next to the new mum in the back.
The Windsor property was re-jazzed by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex back in 2019, a year before they made their move to Montecito in America. The sum spent on the home (a casual £2.4 million) was a topic of contention for a period of time, but the couple quickly repaid the money using the funds earned from their Netflix deal, which they were able to sign after stepping away from their senior roles within the royal family.
Frogmore Cottage is just a stone’s throw from the princess’ parents’ home, Royal Lodge, meaning they will no doubt be on hand for help and support when current lockdown restrictions ease. But until then, it’s no surprise that Eugenie and Jack want to settle into their new home with Baby Brooksbank on their own – and we can’t wait to hear more about him if and when the couple decide to share.
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