It is said that the couple are troubled by the question of how they will ever travel to the UK again with their children given their security concerns.
Moving forward, if Harry and Meghan need to visit the UK they will need to request protection – which makes planning much more complicated. The lack of an alternative UK home on offer almost feels symbolic.
The Windsor residence was the first place Harry and Meghan had lived as a married couple and held a special place in their hearts.
Amongst other things, they marked daughter Lilibet’s first birthday at the property by holding a little picnic.
Harry and Meghan considered the cottage a gift from the Queen (although it was only the lease, not the actual property she gave them) and used the cottage any time they returned to the UK – including for the Queen’s state funeral last year.
However, royal watchers have also noted that Harry and Meghan now live permanently in Montecito in California with their trips back to England increasingly less frequent. As such, the property stands vacant for much of the time.
But what does King Charles’s decision mean for the couple – and more specifically for their children, Archie and Lilibet?
Security is known to be a big issue for Harry and Meghan. They are no longer entitled to access royal police protection when they visit the UK – Harry has been taking legal action to counter this decision – and have stringent measures in place to secure their Montecito home.
Meghan’s 2022 interview with The Cut revealed they have an in-person security team who escorted Meghan and Archie on the school run and they also have guards on the perimeter of their grand mansion.
Harry’s representatives have previously stated that he wants to bring Archie and Lilibet to visit from the US, but that they are “unable to return to his home” because it is “too dangerous”.
Frogmore, however, was the one place that did meet the couple’s security needs in the UK thanks to the extra levels of protection on offer.
The cottage is located a very short walk from Windsor Castle and, as such, is covered by the Metropolitan Police’s Royalty and Specialist Protection Unit, which surrounds the whole Windsor estate.
After Harry and Meghan decided to step back from royal duties in 2020, it was decided that the Prince should be taken off the list for the Protection of Royalty and Public Figures (Ravec), whose members receive automatic security funded by the taxpayer.
Following King Charles’s decision, the question of Harry and Meghan’s attendance at the coronation on 6 May remains up in the air.