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Removals van seen heading to Frogmore Cottage as Harry and Meghan hand over keys

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A royal removals van was pictured driving towards Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Windsor home of Frogmore Cottage as Princess Eugenie is believed to be moving in.

Everything the Sussexes wanted to take to their £11million California mansion was reportedly moved in the middle of the night after they stepped down as senior royals.

Pregnant Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank are thought to have seized the opportunity to move into the empty five-bedroom house on the Queen's Berkshire estate just over a fortnight ago.

On Tuesday an Abels removal van was seen outside Windsor Castle, on its way to their new home.

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The Suffolk-based company which was first used by the royal household in 1981, has a royal warrant to the Queen for removals and storage services.

The Queen gave Frogmore to Prince Harry, 36, and Meghan, 39, a month before their wedding day in 2018, but the £2.4million they spent renovating it sparked controversy when they quit royal duties in March.

The Sussexes however fully reimbursed taxpayers in September when they insisted Frogmore would still be their UK home.

That is looking unlikely now though with Harry's cousin Princess Eugenie, 30, and Mr Brooksbank, 34, said to be making the cottage their home ahead of the birth of their first child expected in the New Year.

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A source told The Sun last week: "Removal vans pitched up in the dead of the night and cleared out the cottage. They definitely did not want to be seen.

"Emptying their home and handing over the keys is a pretty strong sign Harry and Meghan have no plans to return. It appears they are tying up loose ends as they plan to extend their stay in the US perhaps permanently."

"Frogmore was kitted out to Meghan and Harry's tastes with son Archie in mind, so it is the perfect place for a couple to bring up a baby.

"It has the bonus of being around the corner from her parents and, of course, the Queen. Harry and Meghan didn't fancy Frogmore for whatever reason but Jack and Eugenie are delighted with it."

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Around two weeks ago, lights inside the Grade II-listed cottage were seen to have been turned on as staff are said to have been told to ready it for new tenants.

Princess Eugenie, the younger daughter of Prince Andrew and his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson, and Mr Brooksbank had been living at Ivy Cottage at Kensington Palace.

The expected move to Windsor takes the couple significantly closer to the Princess's parents, four miles away at Royal Lodge, Windsor Great Park, and less than a mile from Windsor Castle, where the Queen is spending lockdown with Prince Philip.

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