Harry ‘won’t be sad to say goodbye to diffucult memories in Frogmore’

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Prince Harry will reportedly stay at Frogmore Cottage when he returns to the UK for the Coronation, in spite of being asked to vacate from the property earlier this year.

The Windsor property is the former royal residence of Harry and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, where their firstborn Prince Archie spent the first two years of his life and where they have stayed during their rare visits to the UK.

While Harry’s upcoming visit is set to be brief, and few details have been released, he is expected to spend at least one night at his former home on the Windsor Estate.

Royal commentators have speculated about how Harry will feel if he does return to Frogmore for what is very possibly the final time, and Kinsey Schofield believes reminders of “tough” times and the property’s close proximity to brother and “arch nemesis” Prince William will be enough to make the Duke of Sussex “squirm”.

The host of the To Di For Daily podcast spoke exclusively to Express.co.uk about Harry’s return, during which she argued the Duke’s “emotional investment” is in his home country, rather than his former residence.

She said: “It is my understanding that Prince Harry’s emotional connection is stronger for the country than Frogmore Cottage itself. The idea of not having a safe space that belongs to him in his home country disappoints him but I don’t think he was emotionally invested in that particular property.”

However, while Ms Schofield admitted the Windsor property could remind Harry of good times, she argued that the home would also bring back memories of the tougher moments.

“Frogmore Cottage is mixed with good memories and bad memories,” she told Express.co.uk. “Newlyweds preparing for the arrival of Archie… obviously a wonderful memory… but tough decisions being made about moving on and their exit from the Royal Family. Meghan was especially unhappy around this time.”

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex moved into Frogmore Cottage shortly before their son Archie’s birth in May 2019.

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By that point, tensions within the Royal Family were high and, as Meghan recalled in her interview with Oprah Winfrey in 2021, she faced mental health challenges during her pregnancy with Archie.

Harry and Meghan resided at the property for less than a year. In January 2020, they announced their intention to step back as working royal and move overseas and, in March of that year, they relocated to North America.

Now, they live in Montecito, California, with Prince Archie, who will turn four on Saturday, and their daughter Princess Lilibet, who will turn two next month.

Although Meghan was invited to attend the Coronation, she decided to stay at home with the children. “Buckingham Palace is pleased to confirm that The Duke of Sussex will attend the Coronation Service at Westminster Abbey,” the palace spokesperson said. “The Duchess of Sussex will remain in California with Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet.”

Harry will reportedly spend less than 24 hours in the UK during a whistlestop trip to support his father, King Charles III, with supposed plans suggesting he will be flying back to the US within two hours of the Coronation.

The Duke of Sussex is set to jet back to California to celebrate Archie’s fourth birthday with his family.

While Harry’s full travel plans have been kept under wraps for security purposes, it is believed he will arrive in London on Friday — the day before the ceremony at Westminster Abbey.

His appearance at the Coronation will mark his first public reunion with the Royal Family since the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II in September 2022.

And, if he stays at Frogmore Cottage, he will be just a stone’s throw away from Adelaide Cottage, where his older brother Prince William lives with his family.

Ms Schofield described the brothers’ potential proximity as “not ideal for the current relationship (or lack thereof) between Prince Harry and his older brother”.

“Prince William is said to have been one of the individuals that championed the eviction, looking to protect his family from any additional exploitation by the Sussexes,” she continued. “There are whispers that Harry is incapable of even looking his brother and father in the eyes since the Oprah sit-down. I imagine the close proximity to his brother makes the ‘Spare’ squirm.”

In contrast, former BBC royal correspondent Jennie Bond predicted that Harry would be “emotional” about saying goodbye to his former family home.

She told OK!: “He will absolutely be feeling emotional about staying at Frogmore. It’s a place where he mourned the loss of his grandmother, where they spent those ten days of mourning and where he and Meghan expected to have a permanent base.

“Windsor has always meant quite a lot to Harry. After the funeral, if you read Spare, he writes about how he remembered all the big occasions he had always enjoyed there with the whole family when they were ‘alive and together.’”

She added: “It’s a bit of an ignominious departure now, because, to all intents and purposes, he’s being evicted. I think because the timing would seem to be that it was very, very soon after the publication of the book [Spare] that Charles issued the orders that he needed the home back.”

Harry and Meghan were asked to vacate their former property shortly after the publication of the Prince’s memoir Spare.

When the news emerged earlier this year, a spokesperson for the couple said: “We can confirm the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been requested to vacate their residence at Frogmore Cottage.”

While it is expected that Harry will be allowed to stay at his former home in Windsor for one final time, there are many other lodging possibilities for his fleeting UK visit.

As the Duke is only expected to attend the Coronation ceremony, which takes place in London, it is possible that accommodation could be found in the likes of Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace, St James’s Palace or Clarence House.

Another viable option for Harry is a stay at Soho House, a members club in London where he first met Meghan back in 2016.

Speaking of the Sussexes’ future visits to the UK, Ms Schofield said: “This very well could be the last time Harry spends the night in a Crown Estate property or Royal Family venue for quite some time.

“I expect them to stay in a celebrity contact’s flat or even Soho House moving forward. Tensions are still high and Harry is out to prove that he doesn’t necessarily need his family. (Spoiler alert: He does.) Meanwhile, neither side trusts the other.

She concluded: “I know that Harry would like to find a place to call his own in the UK but it doesn’t seem like that is a priority to Meghan at this point in time. Perhaps someday down the road.”

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