The Queen just gave Prince Harry and Meghan Markle another astonishingly luxurious gift
The newly appointed Duke and Duchess of Sussex are certainly living a charmed life. Since they tied the knot in a beautiful ceremony held at St. George's Chapel in Windsor, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have been keeping themselves preoccupied by attending royal engagement after royal engagement; Meghan accompanied the Queen on her first solo outing back in June, and she has also made appearances at Trooping the Colour and the Royal Ascot.
Now, if you need some more reasons to be jealous of the erstwhile actress's new life, there's the fact that she isn't expected to pay for the clothes she wears to official royal events, and more recently, it's been reported that the Queen has gifted her and Prince Harry a "cottage". But apparently, in royal speech, "cottage" is code for a super fancy, mini mansion, because the couple's new abode looks amazing.
According to the Daily Mail, the residence in question is Adelaide Cottage in Windsor. And not only is it steeped in history - being the former address of Princess Margaret's love, Group Captain Peter Townsend - but it's also all kinds of intense.
The "cottage" purportedly has "a coved ceiling with gilded dolphins and rope ornament from a 19th Century Royal yacht" and a marble Greco-Egyptian fireplace. But more importantly, it affords the newlyweds some much needed privacy. A source told the Daily Mail that Adelaide Cottage has "seven gated entrances and exits to Windsor Castle so [Meghan and Harry] could come and go without worrying about being photographed."
The couple are allegedly set to "move in soon", which means it won't be long before they leave Nottingham Cottage, Kensington Palace, where they have been living since their wedding.
When accompanying the Queen to Cheshire on the royal train, the Duchess of Sussex was quizzed about her first few weeks of matrimony, and she had the perfect response.
"Prince Harry is the “best husband ever” Meghan Markle proclaimed with a smile today," the Daily Mail's royal correspondent, Rebecca English, wrote on Twitter. "She told well-wishers married life was ‘wonderful’, saying: ‘I’m really enjoying it. He’s the best husband ever.’ All together now, ah!"
But while Meghan has the go-ahead to accompany the Queen to official royal engagements, she must make sure to stay away from wedged shoes, if she wants to be invited back.
Although being a member of the royal family means that you have the world's best fashion designers at your disposal, there are some fashion rules that Meghan Markle and her sister-in-law Kate Middleton have to follow. For example, there is one type of shoe that both duchesses will never wear around the Queen.
Whilst Middleton has been spotted wearing navy and camel coloured wedges at public outings, strangely she's never worn them while the Queen is around. According to Vanity Fair, the 91-year-old monarch does not like the look of wedges. "The Queen isn't a fan of wedged shoes," a source told the publication. "She really doesn't like them and it's well known among the women in the family." Markle has to follow the same royal fashion rules, and consequently, she will also have to avoid wedges when attending outings with the Queen.
The more you know, eh?