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Nottingham Cottage: The Kensington home where Meghan and Harry live as a married couple

Victoria Ward
Nottingham Cottage, on the edge of Kensington Palace - Camera Press

Following their royal wedding, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, now the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, will continue to live at Nottingham Cottage, a snug, two-bedroomed property in the grounds of Kensington Palace.

The cottage was previously occupied by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who used it as their London base for around two-and-a-half years.

How big is the cottage?

Just a stone’s throw from Kensington Palace, Prince Harry’s childhood home, the cosy property, known by royal insiders as "Nott Cott," boasts two bedrooms, two reception rooms, a bathroom and a small garden.

An aerial view of Kensington Palace, London Credit: Andrew Parsons/PA Wire

King William III and Queen Mary II bought 'Nottingham House' from sec­retary of state Daniel Finch, the Earl of Nottingham, for £20,000 in 1689.

It was subsequently remodelled into the palace by Christopher Wren, the architect who designed St Paul's Cathedral.

The ceilings are said to be so low, the Duke of Cambridge had to “stoop” to avoid banging his head on them.

An ideal starter home for newlyweds, the property also provides fantastic access to the trendy shops, boutiques and spas on Kensington High Street with which Ms Markle, 36, is already familiar.

Ms Markle was familiar with the private, self-contained cottage before she moved in, having stayed with Prince Harry, 33, when she flew over from Toronto to visit him.

Photographs of her former home in Toronto suggest that she favours a minimalistic, monochrome colour scheme with plenty of soft furnishings, coffee table books and floral arrangements.

The American actress decorated it to "look like a California bungalow", and you can see how it looked while she lived in it on pictures she posted to Instagram.

She wrote on her blog The Tig that the sunny decor helped her to stave off “seven Canadian winters.” 

She has probably put her own mark on what had been, for four years, a bachelor pad. The Duchess of Cambridge is said to have redecorated it to her own taste when she first moved in.

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Who else has lived there?

Nottingham Cottage is one of the smallest properties within the grounds of Kensington Palace and was formerly the home of the Duke of Edinburgh’s private secretary, Brigadier Sir Miles Hunt-Davis, and his wife Gay. Princess Diana's sister Lady Jane Fellowes and her husband Sir Robert Fellowes also lived there.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge lived there when in London, from July 2011, moving in permanently when they left Anglesey.

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It is where they took Prince George following his birth in July 2013 and spent their first few months as a family-of three before moving out that autumn to Apartment 1A, formerly the residence of Princess Margaret, in October that year.

Prince Harry moved in shortly afterwards and has lived there ever since. The first thing he reportedly did when was install a hammock in the yard.

When the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge married, they were given Anmer Hall, a 10-bedroom Grade II-listed mansion on the Sandringham estate by the Queen. It's likely a similar offer will be made to Prince Harry and Ms Markle. 

Meghan Markle's former home in Toronto Credit: AKGS

It is not known whether he and Ms Markle employ their own staff. The Cambridges employed Italian housekeeper, Antonella Fresolone, who worked as a housemaid for the Queen for 13 years, to run their home when at Nottingham Cottage as well as in Anglesey.

When Ms Markle moved to the UK, she brought her beloved beagle Guy with her. Bogart, a labrador-shepherd cross, was left behind with friends in Toronto after he was considered unfit to fly.