You know your home is rather unique when it not only has its own estately title, but that title has a nickname. Such is the life of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who call Nottingham Cottage - or "Nott Cott" - home. The couple lives in the two-bedroom house, right within the grounds of Kensington Palace, leading some to wonder, will they move to grander digs once they're officially married on May 19? Rumour has it that it will be this Cotswold village.
It's a valid question, though for now, Nott Cott is and will be their home. Moving in before the big day lets them get settled into the space, making it their own before Markle's walk down the aisle.
If the cottage sounds familiar, that's because the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge lived there for about two and a half years, The Telegraph reported. The ceilings are so low, it's reported that Prince William had to stoop at times to avoid hitting his head. At six-foot-one, Harry's two inches shorter than his older brother, but he still might have to watch out.
Beyond that, not much is known about what the interior of the cottage looks like. It was designed by the same architect who created St. Paul's Cathedral, Sir Christopher Wren, and it's rumored that it doesn't have air conditioning (which would make sense, given its age), so anyone who lives there has to set up fans to stay cool in the summer.
These descriptors - head-smackable ceilings, a lack of air conditioning - may not make it sound like a place fit for royalty, but the cottage has a certain bucolic charm to it. Former Nott Cott resident Marion Crawford wrote that it "looks as if it had got to London quite by mistake from some distant country place," in her 1950 memoir, The Little Princesses: The Story of the Queen’s Childhood by Her Nanny, Marion Crawford.
It has its own garden, where Prince Harry reportedly strung up a hammock shortly after moving in, lending to that feeling of being away-from-it-all even when you're in the midst of bustling London - and not too far from the ever-present hum of paparazzi and tourists.
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