Harry and Meghan live in ‘fortress’
MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry have made 'privacy a key factor' at Frogmore Cottage by ensuring the family home resembles a 'fortress', a royal expert has revealed.
Katie Nicholl, who has written biographies on the Royals, said on British television today that the Grade II listed building was 'pretty much a fortress' to ensure the couple's privacy, The Sun reports.
She told presenter Christine Lampard: "We know that they're living this wonderful tucked away life at Frogmore Cottage which is pretty much, from what I hear, a fortress. Privacy's the key factor."
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have faced backlash recently over their need for privacy after the Duchess' controversial appearance at Wimbledon and baby Archie's top secret christening.
The Duchess was branded 'childish' by adoring fans after her bodyguards warned the snap-happy tennis attendees not to take pictures of her enjoying the sport.
The family was also criticised for keeping Archie Harrison's christening out of the public eye, as well as keeping his godparents under wraps.
They faced further backlash about the design of Frogmore Cottage after taxpayers found that they are expected to foot the bill of up to £3.2 million ($A5.7 million) in renovations.
Along side a designer kitchen, water mains and a new state-of-the-art nursery for Archie, the high security totted up the total.
While many were 'outraged' by the amount, friends of the Duke and Duchess have stepped in to defend them, saying today: "It really isn't as grand as some people might think."
The new parents moved out of Kensington Palace in spring following reports of a rift between them and Prince William and wife Kate Middleton.
Ms Nicholl went on to explain that the family will be spending their first summer holiday at Balmoral alongside the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.
She said: "The Sussexes are due to be going for the very first time and, of course, taking little Archie for his first family summer holiday."
The author suggested the Royal family would spent time walking their dogs, fishing and 'spending time together' while in Aberdeenshire - as well as celebrating the Duchess' birthday.
"Meghan will be celebrating her 38th birthday early in August on the fourth," she concluded. "It's a nice place to do it - so probably a birthday tea there."
This story first appeared in The Sun and has been republished here with permission.