Queen and Prince Charles stroll near Sussexes' former home

Gillian Wolski
·Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
·4-min read

The Queen and her eldest child, 72-year-old Prince Charles have stepped out for a Spring walk to admire the sea of yellow daffodils in the gardens of Frogmore House in Windsor, England.

A pair of photos of Her Majesty, 94 and the Prince of Wales were snapped back on March 23 but were posted to their respective Instagram accounts on Good Friday to celebrate the Easter weekend.

In this handout image released on April 2, 2021, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales pose for a portrait in the garden of Frogmore House, on March 23, 2021 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
The Queen and Prince Charles stroll in the garden of Frogmore House. Photo: Chris Jackson/Getty Images.

Spring stroll

In the pics, both senior royals are rugged up in long coats and boots, with the Queen sporting her signature silk headscarf knotted firmly under her chin.

"The Queen and The Prince of Wales enjoy a walk in the grounds of Frogmore House, Windsor," the caption read.

"This image is one of two released to mark the Easter weekend," it went on.

The mother and son duo were all smiles for the camera as they posed on the picturesque grounds near Windsor Castle where the Queen and her husband, Prince Philip have been living during the COVID pandemic.

However, the Queen and Charles' stroll took them even closer to what is no doubt a tangible reminder of the royal family's tumultuous past year or so: the former residence of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

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In this handout image released on April 2, 2021, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales pose for a portrait in the garden of Frogmore House, on March 23, 2021 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
The senior royals' walk took them close by Frogmore Cottage, the former home of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Photo: Chris Jackson/Getty Images.

Tangible reminder

Frogmore Cottage was home to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex for a little over a year before they announced they were stepping back from royal duties in January 2020.

The pair have since relocated to the US and, according to an explosive tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey, have been cut off financially by the monarchy. Harry even claimed that his father, Prince Charles had stopped taking his calls.

Several fans were quick to note the awkward proximity of Harry's grandmother and father to Frogmore Cottage which is just a short seven-minute walk away.

"Isn’t Frogmore House the house that Harry and Meghan lived in?" one royal watcher asked.

"Yes but Princess Eugenie lives there with her family now," responded another.

"No.. that is Frogmore cottage... this is Frogmore house," corrected a third.

Frogmore Cottage is a short 7 minute walk from Frogmore House and gardens, where the Queen and Prince Charles were snapped. Photo: Google Maps.
Frogmore Cottage is a short 7 minute walk from Frogmore House and gardens, where the Queen and Prince Charles were snapped. Photo: Google Maps.
Photo: Instagram.
Photo: Instagram.

A similar comment thread popped up elsewhere, with another Instagram user remarking, "So funny are they walking round - this is where Harry and Meghan lived."

Again, a royal fan was on hand to clear up any confusion over the cottage vs house.

"Harry and Meghan lived at Frogmore COTTAGE, not Frogmore HOUSE," they stated. "They are two different places."

Indeed, Frogmore Cottage and Frogmore House are two separate Crown-owned residences on the Frogmore Estate, which is itself located within the grounds of the Home Park, Windsor.

Photo: Instagram.
Photo: Instagram.
Photo: Instagram.
Photo: Instagram.

Frogmore Cottage vs House

Harry and Meghan, who were expecting their first child at the time, moved into the cottage in late 2018 after it underwent extensive renovations totalling an estimated $4.3 million in taxpayer funds. It was later reported that the Duke and Duchess would pay back the cost.

The couple is said to have removed their belongings 'in the dead of the night' in November 2020 after settling into their new mega-mansion in LA's Santa Barbara.

Soon after, Prince Harry's cousin, Princess Eugenie moved into the cottage with her husband, Jack Brooksbank but were rumoured to have left after just a few weeks. According to People, however, new parents Eugenie and Jack are currently living in Frogmore Cottage with their new son, August who they welcomed in February 2021.

The Royal Family in the grounds of Frogmore House, Windsor, Berkshire. Left to right: Prince Edward, Queen Elizabeth II, Duke of Edinburgh, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, and Prince Charles.   (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images)
The Queen and her husband, Prince Philip with their young family on the grounds of Frogmore House in the 1960s. Photo: Getty Images.

"Frogmore Cottage continues to be the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's residence in the U.K. and they are delighted to be able to open up their home to Princess Eugenie and Jack as they start their own family," a source told the publication late last year.

Adding to the confusion between Frogmore Cottage and House is the fact that Harry and Meghan celebrated their wedding reception at Frogmore House following their Windsor Castle nuptials in May 2018.

But not every royal fan was fixated on Frogmore House's looming presence. Others were simply delighted to see the Queen and Charles looking so well.

"What a lovely picture and garden," wrote one.

"She is amazing," added another loyal monarchist.

"What a beautiful mother and son photograph," remarked a third.

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