Meghan Markle and Prince Harry ‘dazzled’ older royals as they handed over the keys to Frogmore Cottage to Princess Eugenie, an insider has claimed.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, currently living in a £ 11 million 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 Sun on Sunday: ‘The senior king was initially dazzled by the idea of Harry and Meg letting Eugenie and Jack move in.
‘It was apparently told to the queen after the couples had talked about the plan.
Eugenie, 30, and Mr Brooksbank, 34, reportedly moved into the five-bedroom home two weeks ago after speaking directly to Sussexes.
An insider claimed on Friday that Harry and Meghan had their belongings shipped to California after ‘removing vans set up at night and cleared the house out.’
This is 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 as they handed over the keys to Frogmore Cottage to Princess Eugenie, an insider claimed tonight
Eugenie, 30, and her husband Jack Brooksbank (pictured), 34, moved into a five-bedroom home in Windsor two weeks ago, reports claim
The two couples have now been called the new ‘Fab Four’, a term once used to describe Harry, Meghan and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Eugenie and Jack, who were married in St George’s Chapel in October 2018, are expecting their first child in the New Year and are said to be ‘happy’ with Frogmore Cottage.
Meghan and Harry spent £ 2.4 million from the sovereign grant on the renovation of Frogmore Cottage – an outlay of public money that became controversial after they ceased to be working royals in March.
But the Sussex fully reimbursed taxpayers for the September renovation.
A source said earlier: ‘Emptying their home and handing over the keys is a pretty strong sign that Harry and Meghan have no plans to return.
‘It looks like they are tying loose ends as they plan to extend their stay in the US perhaps permanently.’
However, it was said that Harry and Meghan would keep Frogmore Cottage as their home in the UK, and suggested that when they visit the UK, they would share it with Eugenie and Mr Brooksbank.
It is said that there was a suspicion that lights were seen in the cabin about two weeks ago. Staff are said to have been sent in to prepare the home for its new tenants.
The couple, who got married in St George’s Chapel in October 2018, are expecting their first child and are said to be ‘happy’ with Frogmore Cottage (pictured)
Harry and Meghan’s furniture is being sent to their £ 11million mansion in California (pictured), after allegedly handing over the keys to Frogmore Cottage in Windsor,
Princess Eugenie, the youngest daughter of Prince Andrew and his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson, and Mr Brooksbank had lived at Ivy Cottage in Kensington Palace.
The couple will now be much closer to the princess’ parents, who live four miles away at the Royal Lodge, Windsor Great Park and less than a mile from Windsor Castle, where the Queen spends lockdown with Prince Philip.
Buckingham Palace said it could not comment on whether Princess Eugenie and her husband should pay rent on the Crown Estate property – and if so, to whom – or how long the event should last.
A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: ‘Frogmore Cottage is the private residence of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, and as such any event is a matter for them. ‘
The reported change in tenancy comes after Harry and Meghan reimbursed taxpayers in full for the £ 2.4 million spent on renovating the Windsor home.
The couple – who had paid the cash back in monthly installments – announced in September that they had fully repaid the sovereign subsidy for the refurbishment of Frogmore Cottage with five bedrooms on Queen’s Berkshire property.
Sources close to the couple also claimed that they would no longer receive copy copies from Prince Charles as they sought to establish ‘financial independence’.
It was revealed in the wake of the couple’s decision to step down from their royal roles and to live in America that the Prince of Wales would make a private financial contribution to help them during their first year away.
It is understood that Eugenie (pictured with her husband) and her cousin reached a ‘private agreement’ over the classified cottage, although it is not known how long it will last
An insider has claimed that Harry and Meghan had their valuables shipped to California after ‘removing vans turned up at night and cleared the house out’
A source told The Telegraph: ‘They do not receive support in any way from anyone other than themselves.’
However, another source told Mailen that the move, which came after it was revealed that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex had secured a lucrative deal to produce shows for streaming giant Netflix, is said to be worth in the $ 100million range ( £ 75million), would not make them immune to control.
The source said: ‘This has come as a surprise,’ they admitted, ‘and it can only be assumed that this has something to do with the Netflix deal. Maybe it means now that he can afford to pay the money back in full right away, or maybe he has been annoyed by the criticism that the deal has led to from his finances. Nobody really knows.
‘But if he thinks it will make him immune to public and media scrutiny, he will be misled.
‘This new, highly visible media role, which he is seeking in the United States, makes him a more public figure than ever.’
The £ 2.4 million in public money used to convert Frogmore from what had been five small staff houses to a larger country house for the couple has been a particular controversy since they stopped working as royals in January.
Critics had argued that not only should cash be repaid in full after their move to California, but they should also lose their right to even live on Frogmore, which was given to them by the Queen.
These calls intensified after they recently bought an 11-bedroom, 16-bedroom mansion in Montecito, Santa Barbara, with a £ 7.5 million mortgage.
MailOnline has contacted Buckingham Palace and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to comment on the latest allegations.