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Pregnant Meghan Markle And Prince Harry Ditch Kensington Palace

Nov. 24 2018, Updated 1:23 p.m. ET

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What had been widely speculated was finally made official this weekend—Prince Harry and his pregnant wife Meghan Markle are leaving Kensington Palace, moving away from Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton.

Royal officials announced on Saturday, November 23, that the two will be moving to the suburbs before having their first child.

The statement said that Harry and the Duchess of Sussex will move from Kensington Palace in central London to Frogmore Cottage, a house on the grounds of Windsor Estate, early next year.

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"Windsor is a very special place for their royal highnesses and they are grateful that their official residence will be on the estate," the announcement said.

The couple's new digs will be about 20 miles from London.

Prince Harry and Markle, who married on the grounds of Windsor Castle in May, will still keep their official office at Kensington Palace, according to the officials.

Radar previously reported that the two had been living at Nottingham Cottage on the grounds of Kensington Palace since they got engaged last year, but have wanted to leave amid diva rumors about Markle.

The move means that brothers William and Harry will no longer be living close to each other. Markle, 37, and Harry, 34, want to follow their own path and lead separate lives from William and Kate,

sources have previously said. An insider told The Daily Mail, "Harry and Meghan want to move, and need more space, but they don’t want to live next door to William and Catherine." As Radar previously reported, things changed between the royal brothers after Markle, 37, married Harry, 34.

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It's the end of an era as after the death of their mother Princess Diana, William and Harry shared her home. Harry later went to live at adjacent Nottingham Cottage with Markle.

However, the quaint cottage only has two bedrooms and two reception rooms and a bathroom and wasn't thought to be big enough for the couple once their new baby arrives. Markle is due in the spring.

A source revealed about the royal brothers, "They are planning a formal division of their joint royal household, which is based at Kensington Palace, and the creation of separate courts to reflect their increasingly different responsibilities.

"The brothers have leant on each other and looked after each other since their mother died. But now they have their own families, they no longer rely on each other as before."

Also, rumors about Markle being a diva have flown. In royal biographer Robert Jobson‘s book Charles at 70: Thoughts, Hopes and Dreams, he claimed that before the May wedding, Prince Harry raised his voice and yelled, “What Meghan wants, she gets!”

Also, there have been claims that the Queen warned Harry about "difficult" Markle's attitude after a kerfuffle over what tiara she could wear on her wedding day.

Then Markle's personal assistant abruptly resigned just six months into the job.

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