Why Harry and Meghan are planning to move out of Kensington Palace

royals 19/11/2018

There are reports that newlyweds Prince Harry and Meghan Markle might have to move out of Kensington Palace.

They currently live in a two-bedroom cottage on palace grounds, and are neighbours with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who live in a rather larger 20-room apartment with their three young children.

With the couple expecting their first child in the first half of 2019, they're looking to relocate to a bigger dwelling in the palace, and have their eyes on a 21-room apartment next to Prince William and Kate Middleton's abode.

It's perfect for a growing family, but there's a problem: the Queen's cousin, the Duke of Gloucester, currently lives there with his wife - and she's not keen to move out.

Birgitte, Duchess of Gloucester, is rather attached to her home because it was gifted to the couple by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, The Sun reports.

She and her husband are still working for the royal family in their 70s, another probable reason for her unwillingness to leave.

This leaves Harry and Meghan in an awkward position at Kensington Palace, according to UK media.

"Harry and Meghan want to move and need more space, but they don't want to live next door to William and Catherine," a source told The Daily Mail.

"They will soon have separate offices and separate lives, so it would make sense for them to live further afield.

"There's no reason why their London home has to be at Kensington Palace. There are plenty of other options, including using their own money to buy their own place."

It would be unprecedented for a royal couple to dip into their own substantial savings and live among the common folk - but then again, Harry and Meghan are used to breaking protocol.