Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are planning further renovations to their new home.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been granted permission to redecorate the outside of Grade II listed Frogmore Cottage and re-landscape the gardens.
Windsor and Maidenhead Council have also said they can renovate the outbuilding and add several new windows and doors to their Windsor home.
The building work will be covered by the Sovereign Grant – funded by the taxpayer – while the couple will pay for the furnishings and landscaping.
Royal sources claim they want to make the house perfect for family life after baby Archie was born earlier this month.
The couple’s builders plan to do further extensive work on the exterior of the listed cottage which includes work to the doors, windows and external walls.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are planning more renovations to their new home at Frogmore Cottage in Windsor
Works to an outbuilding within the cottage’s grounds are also mentioned in the application.
Various landscaping works are also proposed including the installation of outdoor lighting in the garden.
The renovations have been revealed in planning documents published by the local council in three separate applications asking for permission for ‘external redecoration’ and consent for ‘external landscaping works’.
But there was no further details on the council’s planning page at the time, just a note which said it contained ‘sensitive information’ so documents wouldn’t be made public.
A source said: ‘Frogmore Cottage will be the perfect place for a royal prince to grow up with the Duke and Duchess.
A map shows the distance between where Meghan, Harry and Archie live at Frogmore Cottage in relation to Frogmore House
‘The Duchess is very involved in the project and wanted the final design to be perfect for them and Archie so they have called the builders back again to sort some parts of the build out.
‘But this is not all, the couple are now looking at finishing off their garden to make it perfect for them and Archie.
‘Lighting is a key part of the scheme not just to make the garden pretty but also for security reasons.’
The royal couple moved into Frogmore Cottage in April ahead of the birth of their first child Archie after an extensive £3 million renovation.
The cottage was gifted to the Duke and Duchess by the Queen last year, with Kensington Palace confirming the move in November, saying Windsor was a ‘very special place’ for the couple.
Harry and Meghan (pictured two days after the birth of their newborn son Archie) have been granted permission to redecorate the exterior of Frogmore Cottage and re-landscape the gardens
It is located near to Windsor Castle, the Queen’s summer residence, and St George’s Chapel, where Harry and Meghan tied the knot in May last year.
Meghan had planned to give birth at Frogmore, but her hopes of a home birth were dashed when she passed her due date and was rushed to The Portland Hospital in London instead.
Plans for the initial multi-million-pound renovation were approved by Royal Maidenhead and Windsor Borough Council in December after asking for permission for ‘internal and external works […] and associated landscaping’.
However, the couples latest project is expected to be decided next week
Frogmore Cottage was built in the 18th century for Queen Charlotte, the consort of King George III.
The royal couple’s home is located inside the gardens of Frogmore House (pictured)
Queen Charlotte used the property as a countryside retreat for herself and her unmarried daughters.
Earlier this week royal fans were able to wander right by the house as they explored the grounds of Windsor Castle as part of a special charity event for the National Garden Scheme.
Although visitors passed within 20 feet of Frogmore Cottage, the royal couple were not spotted, with some saying they tried to ‘peer into’ the windows.
Visitors claimed they could walk right past the couple’s gate – and people were said to have been taking photographs of the cottage despite police warnings advising them not to.
Despite the beauty of the gardens, several visitors commented on the sound of planes flying overhead, with some wondering how the newborn royal baby manages to sleep with the constant noise.
Kensington Palace declined to comment.
Frogmore Cottage: The history of Harry and Meghan’s Grade II-listed two-storey home on the Windsor Estate
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex took up residence earlier this year at Frogmore Cottage, a Grade II-listed two-storey, stucco-faced house sitting in the north of the Frogmore Estate on the Windsor Estate.
The estate is the site of Frogmore House, a beautiful 17th century manor which has been a royal residence since 1792, which was where Harry and Meghan had their evening reception after their wedding in May 2018.
The house was built from 1680 to 1684 by Charles II architect Hugh May on the estates of Great and Little Frogmore, which were bought by Henry VIII in the 16th century and let to various tenants.
Frogmore Cottage is a Grade II-listed two-storey, stucco-faced house sitting in the north of the Frogmore Estate on the Windsor Estate
The name comes from the high number of frogs which live in the low-lying marshy area, which is set within a long sweeping curve of the River Thames.
The lease passed through many hands until 1792 when Queen Charlotte, wife of George III, purchased it to use the house as a country retreat for her and her daughters.
It later became the home of the Duchess of Kent, Queen Victoria’s mother, who is laid to rest in a mausoleum in the grounds.
Frogmore House was repaired, restored and redecorated in the 1980s, revealing lost early 18th-century wall paintings by Louis Laguerre illustrating scenes from Virgil’s Aeneid.
From Queen Charlotte’s time in residence, there is the the Mary Moser Room – painted for her by the celebrated flower artist with sprays and garlands of brightly coloured flowers.
The Duchess of Kent’s lilac-coloured sitting room is recreated as accurately as possible from how it appears in old photographs from 1861.
There is also the Britannia Room where, following the decommissioning of the Royal Yacht in 1997, the Duke of Edinburgh arranged a selection of items to reflect the interior of the much-loved vessel.
The winding lakes, wooded mounds, glades, walks and bridges around the Grade I listed building were laid out in the 1790s, and include a summerhouse designed as a Gothic ruin.
The grounds include the Mausoleum of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert and the Royal Burial Ground where Harry’s great great uncle, the abdicated King Edward VIII, is buried with his wife Wallis Simpson – later Duchess of Windsor.
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