Published: Thu, January 10, 2019

Meghan and Harry’s secret £2.5 million Cotswolds love nest revealed

Meghan and Harry’s secret £2.5 million Cotswolds love nest revealed

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex began renting the Cotswold's property before their wedding in May last year on a two-year lease.

The couple are awaiting renovations to be completed on their new home, "Apartment 1" at Kensington Palace - technically a wing of the palace with 21 rooms and adjoining doors to "Apartment 1A" (which belongs to Will and Kate). Her Royal Highness will also take on Patronage of two additional charities as part of her official working portfolio - Smart Works and Mayhew.

The four organisations the Duchess of Sussex has become a patron of have been announced by Kensington Palace.

Meghan officially joined the royal family in May 2018, but since the royal wedding, the 37-year-old has been at the center of negative rumors.

In a statement from Kensington Palace, it says: "As a university graduate, Her Royal Highness is a strong advocate of accessible education for all, something she spoke of most recently during her visit to Fiji previous year".

"The Duchess is delighted to become Patron of both national and grassroots organisations that are part of the fabric of the United Kingdom, and is very much looking forward to working with them to bring wider public attention to their causes", Kensington Palace said in a statement. "In terms of animal welfare, Mayhew is a grassroots charity working in a unique way to improve the lives of animals and people to better communities both in London and internationally".

Smart Works said on Twitter: "We are honoured to announce that HRH The Duchess of Sussex will become the royal patron of Smart Works". "The Duchess' patronage will inspire the women we serve and help them reach for the stars". Queen Elizabeth II is a patron of more than 600 charities and Prince Philip of more than 700.

Meghan and Harry reportedly began renting the Cotswold property before their wedding a year ago.

Official patronages are a hugely important aspect of what it means to be a royal, according to royal expert Victoria Murphy. "By showing a consistent interests in certain issues they can create a significant impact in that area".

Meghan Markle has been carrying out her royal duties alongside Prince Harry with a smile on her face.

There has been much speculation about where the couple will raise their first child, but though Frogmore Cottage seems like the obvious choice, it's also likely that they'll opt to spend time out in the Cotswolds as well.

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