Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s home, Frogmore Cottage, has been a point of contention ever since the royal couple announced their move earlier this year.
From the relocation inspiring rumours of a feud with London-based William and Kate, to outcry about its taxpayer-funded £2.4m renovation - the humble home has received more attention than most.
In response to the mounting scrutiny, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have now made their cottage a ‘fortress’, according to one royal expert.
Keeping privacy paramount
Katie Nicholl has penned several best-sellers about the young royals and made the admission on UK talkshow Lorraine about the new parents’ living arrangement.
“We know that they’re living this wonderful tucked away life at Frogmore Cottage which is pretty much, from what I hear, a fortress,” she said.
Adding: “Privacy’s the key factor.”
The Sussex’s apparent quest for solitude was again amplified last week when Meghan’s security issued a ‘photo ban’ for fans seated near her at Wimbledon.
“Would you not take photographs of the Duchess. She’s here in a private capacity,” one spectator told the UK’s The Daily Telegraph were the words of the officer.
However, the headline-hitting incident was far from the first time the couple have copped criticism for their resistance to their public profile.
Footing the bill
One week earlier, the Sussexes made the divisive decision to conduct baby Archie’s christening completely privately, without revealing the names of his godparents.
Adding insult to very public injury was the release of just how much Frogmore’s ‘outrageous’ renovations cost the public - a figure estimated to eventually push £4m.
ITV’s Good Morning Britain also ran a poll on Twitter, asking users whether the taxpayer should pay for the official residence’s redevelopment.
In total, 87 per cent of respondents voted they disagreed with the public paying for the cottage while just 13 per cent agreed taxpayers should foot the royal-sized bill.