Text by Joyce Chen, Architectural Digest
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry shared some extraordinarily—and much-needed—positive news with the world Monday via an announcement made by Kensington Palace: They’re expecting their first child together in the spring. The royal couple, who exchanged vows this past May, are believed to be about 12 weeks into the pregnancy, with royal sources confirming that both mother and baby are in good health. Which then, of course, leads to the next important question: Where will the couple raise their firstborn?
At present, the pair are splitting their time between Prince Harry’s former two-bedroom bachelor pad, Nottingham Cottage, and their country home in the Cotswolds. As previously reported, the couple signed a two-year lease on the Cotswolds home, Westfield Large, following their May nuptials, and have been spending time there on weekends, with Markle only occasionally venturing out to Pilates classes or to get her hair done, but always incognito. And in July, the couple received the ultimate wedding present from the Queen herself: a historic house inside the walls of Windsor Castle, a property known as Adelaide Cottage, originally built back in 1831 as a retreat for William IV’s wife, Queen Adelaide.
Most likely, however, the couple will be situated in a more permanent home by the time their little bundle of joy arrives—perhaps in a Kensington Palace apartment known as Apartment 1, located conveniently right next door to Prince William and Kate Middleton. "Apartment 1" is a slight misnomer, given that it comprises 21 rooms and is essentially considered a wing of the palace itself; earlier this year, rumors abounded that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were simply waiting for extensive renovations to be completed on the unit before moving in. The only catch to the seemingly ideal living situation (Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis will have a new little playmate) is that Apartment 1 is currently occupied by the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester. Though, to be fair, this royal bun in the oven could change a few things and spur some real-estate musical chairs.
Feature Image: Instagram/Meghan_Markle