Meghan Markle and Prince Harry ‘blindsided’ senior royals when they handed the keys to Frogmore Cottage over to Princess Eugenie, an insider has claimed.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who currently reside in an £11million mansion in California, reportedly discussed plans for Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank to move into the property without consulting the royal family.
A source told the Sun on Sunday: ‘Senior royals were initially blindsided by the idea for Harry and Meg to let Eugenie and Jack move in.
‘Obviously the Queen was told after the couples had spoken about the plan.
‘But it is very much a deal done between Harry, Meghan, Eugenie and Jack. There is a close bond between them.’
An insider claimed on Friday that Harry and Meghan had their possessions shipped off to California after ‘removal vans pitched up in the dead of night and cleared out the cottage.’
This was said to be a ‘pretty strong sign’ the couple have ‘no plans to return’ to Windsor.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry (pictured) ‘blindsided’ senior royals when they handed the keys to Frogmore Cottage over to Princess Eugenie, an insider claimed tonight
Eugenie, 30, and her husband Jack Brooksbank (pictured), 34, moved into the five-bedroom home in Windsor two weeks ago, reports claim
The two couples have now been dubbed the new ‘Fab Four’, a term once used to describe Harry, Meghan and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Eugenie and Jack, who married at St George’s Chapel in October 2018, are expecting their first child in the New Year and are said to be ‘delighted’ with Frogmore Cottage.
Meghan and Harry spent £2.4million from the Sovereign Grant on renovations on Frogmore Cottage – an outlay of public money which became controversial after they quit as working royals in March.
But the Sussexes reimbursed taxpayers in full for the renovation in September.
A source previously said: ‘Emptying their home and handing over the keys is a pretty strong sign Harry and Meghan have no plans to return.
‘It appears they are tying up loose ends as they plan to extend their stay in the US perhaps permanently.’
However, it was said Harry and Meghan will retain Frogmore Cottage as their home in Britain, and suggested when visiting the UK they will share it with Eugenie and Mr Brooksbank.
Suspicions were reportedly raised after lights were spotted inside the cottage around two weeks ago. Staff are said to have been sent in to prepare the home for its new tenants.
The pair, who married at St George’s Chapel in October 2018, are expecting their first child and are said to be ‘delighted’ with Frogmore Cottage (pictured)
Harry and Meghan’s furniture is being shipped to their £11million mansion in California (pictured) after they allegedly gave away the keys to Frogmore Cottage, in Windsor,
Princess Eugenie, the younger daughter of Prince Andrew and his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson, and Mr Brooksbank had been living at Ivy Cottage at Kensington Palace.
The couple will now be much closer to the Princess’s…