Meghan’s further plans for Frogmore Cottage kept secret ‘for reasons of national security’

Meghan’s further plans for Frogmore Cottage kept secret ‘for reasons of national security’

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have made changes to the plans for their garden at Frogmore Cottage.

However, what exactly the couple have done to the property is unknown due to “security”.

The couple have been forced to apply for retrospective planning permission for their garden after going with different plans.

The couple could be ordered by the council to change their plans.

Meghan Markle news: Harry Frogmore Cottage plans kept secret

Many people risk making changes to their property and applying for planning permission retrospectively in the hopes it will be granted.

However, it can be refused, meaning the changes have to be reversed.

According to reports the new garden plans include a vegetable plot, and kitchen garden and trees, shrubs and hedges worth £20,000.

However, the public will not be privy to the full cost or the plans due to security fears.

Ian Ratcliffe, project manager at the Royal Household, said in a letter to the council’s planning team, obtained by the Daily Mail: “This application has been submitted following a material change to elements of grant of planning consent.

“We consider that national security could be compromised if public access is given to the plans, other drawings and documents relating to this project, either in the offices of the council or on the council website where they could be viewed and copied.

Furthermore, copies of the plans and other documents should not be sent to statutory consultees.

“Therefore, for reasons of national security, we would appreciate if this application could be treated as confidential and not be allowed to enter the public domain awing to the nature of the works and their location.

“And (we) would re-affirm that this application is submitted on the basis that the accompanying plans, drawings and other documents are not released into the public domain either in your offices or on your website.”

Meghan and Harry’s Frogmore Cottage renovations were the subject of some controversy due to the costs. 

Frogmore Cottage, the cost of which is estimated to reach £3 million, had been split into five residences, however, the huge house has been turned back into one large home for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

New beams and floor joists were put in, as were entirely new gas and water mains installed. The home also has all new bathrooms and a brand new kitchen with a “floating” floor.

There is new eco-heating, likely in line with Meghan’s eco-friendly ethics. Soundproof windows are said to have set the couple back £350,000.

Meghan Markle wore lavish jewellery to a recent premiere for the Lion King. 

Fans have spotted and interesting detail about the £10,000 earings Meghan wore last night.

The black earrings featured huge diamonds in the middle. It first appeared the earrings were all new additions to her huge and extremely valuable jewellery collection.

Who is Meghan Markle? Quick profile

Meghan Markle was born Rachel Meghan Markle, on August 4, 1981 to parents Doria Ragland and father Thomas Markle.

Her father was previously married to Roslyn Loveless and Meghan has two elder half sibling – sister Samantha Markle and brother Thomas Markle Junior.


Meghan’s first television appearance in the USA was in an episode of the medical drama General Hospital in 2002.

She later moved on to roles in CSI, Without a Trace and Castle along with bit parts in Hollywood films including Get Him to the Greek, Remember Me and Horrible Bosses.

Meghan was also a “briefcase girl” on Deal or No Deal – but her most famous role was as Rachel Zane in legal drama Suits, which launched in 2011.

She was written out in the finale of the seventh series when her character got married, which aired in April 2018 – just before she got married herself.

Charity and humanitarian work

Meghan Markle’s career in television has gone hand-in-hand with her support for causes close to her heart.

She wrote about the stigma around menstrual health in an article for Time magazine and was a Global Ambassador for World Vision Canada – with whom she travelled to Rwanda for the charity’s Clean Water Campaign.

And her commitment to gender equality has seen her work with the United Nations – receiving a standing ovation in 2015 for her speech to mark International Women’s Day.


In September 2011, she wed film producer Trevor Engelson, who she began dating in 2004.

But the pair divorced two years later in August 2013, citing irreconcilable difference.

She was in a relationship with celebrity chef Cory Vitiello for almost two years, before they broke it off in 2016 but the two remain good friends.

And in June 2016, she met Prince Harry on a blind date set up by a mutual friend.

Their relationship began in October that year and just over one year later, on November 27, 2017, the pair announced their engagement.

They married on May 19, 2018 at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.

Meghan’s heritage

Some have claimed Meghan Markle is the first mixed-race member of the Royal Family.

Historians are still arguing about Queen Charlotte, the wife of King George III.

But Meghan will be the first royal to openly embrace a mixed-race heritage.

She has written about the difficulties of being a biracial actress in Hollywood as she claims she is not black enough for some roles and not white enough for others.

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