Everybody needs good royal neighbours! Eugenie and her fiancé are now living next door to Harry and Meghan – and 11 other members of the royal family – after moving into a cottage at Kensington Palace
- Princess Eugenie and fiance Jack Brooksbank have moved into Ivy Cottage at Kensington Palace in London
- They are now neighbours of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and both couples will wed in Windsor this year
- 11 other Royals live at the palace including Prince William and family and the Dukes of Gloucester and Kent
She already followed in her Royal cousin’s footsteps by announcing her wedding in the same location just a matter of months later.
Now Princess Eugenie has taken another leaf out of Prince Harry’s book by moving into Kensington Palace – making it home to 15 current and future Royals.
The Queen’s granddaughter, the second child of Prince Andrew, and wine merchant fiancé Jack Brooksbank have taken over the three-bedroom Ivy Cottage in the palace complex, moving in last week while the Duchess of Cambridge was in labour.
It means they are just yards away from Harry and future wife Meghan Markle, who share two-bedroom Nottingham Cottage, where brother Prince William and Kate Middleton previously lived.
Princess Eugenie and fiance Jack Brooksbank, left, have moved into Kensington Palace and now live just yards away from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, right. It is the latest move that brings the couples closer together, with both set to wet at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle this year
Eugenie and her fiance will move into Ivy Cottage, with Harry’s Nottingham Cottage just round the corner. The huge complex is home to several royals, as well as staff apartments, an orangery available for private hire and state rooms open to the public
Both couples will wed at St George’s Couple at Windsor Castle this year – Harry and Meghan later this month and Eugenie and Mr Brooksbank in October.
Eugenie, 28, and her partner, 31, announced plans to move into the cottage two years ago.
It was formerly the family home of the deputy head of the palace’s property section, who retired more than two years ago, and a comparative property would cost around £3,500 per week to rent.
A source told the Sun Eugenie and Harry, 33, are very close and were looking forward to being neighbours.
The source said: ‘Harry and Eugenie are great mates – she was one of the first people who met Meghan.
‘Eugenie is so pleased. It’s the first time she and Jack have lived together. They wanted to move in earlier but there were arguments over who paid for renovations.’
The new arrivals means that Kensington Palace, pictured, is now home to 15 current and future Royals. It was originally a Jacobean mansion bought by William III in 1689 for 18,000 guineas, going to become known as an ‘unlucky’ residence
Other neighbours to Eugenie and Mr Brooksbank are Prince William, the Duchess of Cambridge and their three children George, Charlotte (both right with their father) and newborn Prince Louis (left with his parents). The soon-to-be married couple moved in when Kate was in labour last week
And the arrival of Eugenie and Mr Brooksbank means the palace is now packed with Royals with 11 other members of their family already there.
Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge live at Kensington Palace with children George, Charlotte and newborn son Louis.
The palace is also home to the Queen’s cousins including the Duke and Duchess of Kent, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent and the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester.
Eugenie previously shared a four-bedroom apartment with her sister Princess Beatrice at St James’s Palace.
For years Kensington Palace was said to be an ‘unlucky’ royal home, with Princess Diana considering it ‘more prison than palace’.
Prince Charles and Princess Diana, pictured, previously lived at the palace, with Diana calling it ‘more a prison’
The palace is also home to the Duke and Duchess of Kent, left, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, centre, and the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, right
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Queen Victoria, who was born there, was also said to hate it while Princess Margaret was ‘lonely’ in her 22-room apartment – now home to William and family after a £4.5million refit – following her divorce from the Earl of Snowdon.
The palace, which was once joked about as a home for ‘hard-up Royals’ by the Duke of Windsor, formerly Edward VIII, is also lived in by more than 50 senior courtiers, military figures, domestic staff and even a few members of the public, who pay the market rent for accommodation.
In return, they get 24-hour armed police security, their own telephone exchange and a team of gardeners and craftsmen to maintain the palace, which was adapted for royal use by Sir Christopher Wren.
Originally a Jacobean mansion, Kensington Palace was bought in 1689 for the princely sum of 18,000 guineas by William III.
Suffering from chronic asthma, he hoped to benefit from the Kensington air, which was cleaner than in the city centre, and commissioned Sir Christopher Wren to make it a home fit for a king.
Kensington Palace, pictured, became known as a residence for ‘hard-up’ Royals thanks to a joke by the Duke of Windsor, formerly Edward VIII. It is also home to more than 50 senior courtiers, military figures, domestic staff and even a few members of the public
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