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Meghan Markle is already in the process of moving into a royal residence fit for a duchess-to-be. According to the statement released by Clarence House on Monday officially announcing Markle and Prince Harry's engagement, the pair "will live in Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace," where Harry has been living for the past four years.
British magazine Hello! reports that Nottingham Cottage is one of the "smaller" residences on the palace grounds. It reportedly includes two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen, and small living and dining rooms. The cottage is located right next door to the massive home where Prince William and Kate Middleton live with Prince George and Princess Charlotte. In comparison, Will and Kate's recently renovated Apartment 1A has more than 20 rooms, including multiple kitchens and nurseries, and was previously the home of Queen Elizabeth's late sister Princess Margaret.
The American actress has already spent time at Nottingham Cottage while traveling back and forth between London and Toronto, where Markle filmed Suits. Earlier this month, Us Weekly reported that, since Markle had wrapped her storyline on the show, she was already beginning to make the official move to the cottage. "Meghan has officially moved out of her Toronto apartment. Movers were seen there yesterday and today," a source told the magazine. "Meghan's furniture from her Toronto home will be going into storage and her personal belongings are being sent to the UK." They continued, "With Suits over, so is Meghan's life in Toronto. It's the end of a really precious era, so she's definitely sad to see it come to an end, but she's also really excited about starting a new chapter with Harry." Another source close to Markle told the outlet that Markle will be completely settled into the cottage before the end of the year. "There are no plans for them to live separately," they said. "Meghan will move right in."
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It's also possible that Harry and Meghan won't be living in Nottingham Cottage full time after their Spring 2018 wedding. In October, sources told the Daily Mail that the duo were reportedly house-hunting in the low-key countryside of the Cotswolds. Similarly, Will and Kate split their time between Kensington Palace and Anmer Hall, their country manor in Norfolk, for several years before moving into Apartment 1A full-time this year to be close to George's preschool.