York Cottage is a royal stately home in the grounds of Sandringham Estate, where the Queen’s beloved Norfolk home Sandringham House is situated. Harry and Meghan already live in royal household Nottingham Cottage in the grounds of Kensington Palace but, figuring out Harry and Meghan will undoubtedly need a couple’s hideaway, it’s understood she will be donating it as a wedding present. It will provide the soon-to-be-married coupe with much-needed sanctuary from being in the world’s lens and will mean they can escape London for some time alone.
Ironically, York Cottage used to be known as the Bachelor’s Cottage. It was gifted by the future King Edward VII, then the Prince of Wales, to his son Prince George, the Duke of York (later King George V) in 1893. The Duke Of York lived there with Princess Mary after their marriage. The cottage – which is currently used as holiday accommodation and, in part, as accommodation for estate staff – is said to resemble ‘three Merrie England pubs joined together’, oozing charm and character.
If Harry and Meghan decide they would like children, they may decide to spend their first born’s early years in Norfolk too. However, if the Queen does end up giving her grandson and his soon to be wife York Cottage, she’ll be ignoring the couple’s strict wedding gift list. Harry and Meghan have asked their guests to donate money to their chosen charities instead of giving them any wedding presents.