Traditionally, the story has gone that marrying into the royal family translates to a life of hearing a lot of ‘yes’ – yes to tiaras, yes to hot and cold running footmen and yes to zipping off to Mustique whenever the mercury plummeted or one of these pesky German relatives wants to visit.
However, if there is one thing that the experience of Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex has taught us is that tying the knot with a prince can come with a lot of ‘no’.
There was the ‘no’ to her original tiara of choice (allegedly), the ‘no’ to her request to use air fresheners inside St George’s Chapel for the wedding, and ‘no’ to her and husband Prince Harry setting up their own court.
Because while Her Majesty might have “firmly” turned down the couple’s petition to take up residence in the 1000-year-old pile several years ago, now it turns out she is reported to be ‘discussing’ the exact same thing with William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
When Harry and Meghan wed, in 2018, it was believed they would be moving out of the tinky Nottingham Cottage in the grounds of Kensington Palace, where they had been living, and into one of the palace’s massive private apartments.
Instead, in November, 2018 it was announced they would instead live in Frogmore Cottage, a property on the Windsor estate.
In August 2019 the Times broke the news that Harry and Meghan “initially had higher hopes” than Frogmore Cottage.