PRINCE HARRY gained a reputation in his 20s for being young and carefree, and his home at Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace was coined his “bachelor pad” by royal commentators. Nottingham Cottage (nicknamed ‘Nott Cott’) is a house on the grounds of Kensington Palace in London. The house has been frequently occupied by members of the Royal Family, as well as staff and employees. Prince Harry is one of its most famous former royal residents.
Nottingham Cottage was described by The Telegraph as a “cosy property” on the grounds of Kensington Palace, with two bedrooms and reception rooms as well as a bathroom and small garden. The ceilings are noted for their lowness, with previous resident Prince William having to stoop to avoid hitting his head, according to royal commentator Victoria Ward. While Prince Harry was living there, he also reportedly installed a hammock in the backyard.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge used Nottingham Cottage as their London residence after their marriage from 2011 to 2013. They split their time between the cottage and their home on the Bodorgan Estate in Wales. The Duke and Duchess lived there with their new baby Prince George. This was before moving in October 2013 to Apartment 1A in Kensington Palace.
Prince Harry moved into Nottingham Cottage from Clarence House following his brother’s departure, with the house referred to as his “bachelor pad” after leaving the army. Harry proposed to Meghan Markle whilst living there, and they subsequently lived together in the cottage after their engagement.
When Meghan moved into the cottage in 2017, she reportedly added her own personal touches to the house, choosing decor from Soho Home’s Country House collection.
After announcing their engagement, the royals gave an interview from the cottage with BBC News. They sat inside the home on a large cream sofa, decorated with brown and cream cushions.The walls were decorated with large white panels and a large window was seen behind them. At one side, there was also a wooden dresser, where Harry and Meghan had placed a lamp with a gold base and a cream shade.
With the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Apartment 1A, the Prince and Princess of Kent in Apartment 10, and Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank in Ivy Cottage for a short time, the royal couple had plenty of royals nearby whilst living at Nottingham Cottage.
Harry lived at the home alone after he left the Army but moved out in 2011 so that his elder brother William and his wife Kate could have it as their first marital home before moving to Anmer Hall in Norfolk.In 2013, Harry moved back in and stayed there until moving to Frogmore Cottage with Meghan in early 2019.
In April 2019, the couple moved to Frogmore Cottage before the birth of their first baby Archie. Following their departure from the UK, Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank moved into the cottage. Now the Duke and Duchess of Sussex live in an £11million mansion in Montecito, Los Angeles. They welcomed their second child, Lilibet Mountbatten-Windsor in June 2021 and the family have yet to return to the UK as a whole.