Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are reportedly 'pushing hard' for a private island following Frogmore Cottage eviction
The couple may keep their LA base while relocating to a place where they have more 'popularity and public sympathy' – according to a report
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Prince Harry is reportedly 'pushing hard to go down the private island route' in the next unexpected twist to the Sussex's property portfolio.
Following their recent 'eviction' from Frogmore Cottage in Windsor, England, the subject of where Meghan and Harry will reside beyond their main Montecito home has come into play. Some say King Charles may offer the couple a private apartment in Buckingham Palace – but a recent report suggests they are more interested in a private island all their own.
A source, speaking to Heat (opens in new tab) magazine in the UK, said that Harry is 'pushing hard to go down the private island route' as he 'loved the idea of living in a natural and eco-friendly environment,' The Mirror (opens in new tab), a British news publication, reports. Heat's source adds that Harry and Meghan's new home won't serve as a vacation getaway but as their main home as they look to relocate entirely.
'The situation is rapidly becoming uncomfortable to the point of untenable,' the source says. 'There are talks of keeping base in LA and heading somewhere new like Canada, South Africa, or one of the other countries where they have more popularity and public sympathy.'
The couple resides in a $14.7 million mansion in Montecito, California – their first permanent home since stepping down as royals. In an interview with The Cut (opens in new tab), Meghan shared they did 'everything we could to get this house' because of its therapeutic and joyous qualities.
'You walk in and go… Joy. And exhale. And calm. It's healing. You feel free,' she says. However, as the 'situation' evolves, the couple may be looking to relocate to a more private residence.
Meghan and Harry may be the first royals to relocate to a private island, but it's not their first time trying island life. The couple visited Kaibu Island – a 13.9-mile-long island off the coast of Fiji, during a royal tour in 2018, where they stayed on the island’s Vatuvara resort (opens in new tab) (a solar-powered retreat only accessible by private plane).
The source adds that the distraction of an expanding property portfolio is welcome among the couple, who view it as a 'chance to reap the benefits of their success, rather than escaping from their troubles,' The Mirror reports.
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Little is known about the islands Harry and Meghan may be considering, but we'll keep you updated once we know more.
Megan is the News and Trends Editor at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes. As the News Editor, she often focuses on emerging microtrends, sleep and wellbeing stories, and celebrity-focused pieces. Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US while studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site. She currently lives in London with her antique typewriter and an expansive collection of houseplants.
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