Queen Elizabeth is reportedly giving Harry and Meghan York Cottage at Sandringham Estate as a country home, according to , and a recent story by the Daily Mail has sparked some confusion, leading people to question whether the newlyweds will have to call in the Ghost Hunters or burn some sage before moving in. While the headline oh-so-flatteringly calls the estate "ugly, haunted and ... despised," a closer read reveals this is less a Ghostbusters situation, and more just a home that turned into a memorial of sorts.
Calm Down — There Haven't Been Ghost Sightings.
The Norfolk home is close to Anmer Hall — AKA Prince William and Kate Middleton's countryside getaway — and it's been known as the "bachelor's cottage," since it was originally built to be a place for unmarried guests to stay while visiting Sandringham. Prince Albert Victor, known as Prince Eddy, lived there in the early 1890s. He caught the flu during his weeklong birthday celebration at the estate and died at 28 years old, just before his wedding to his distant cousin, Princess May of Teck.
For years, Eddy's bedroom was kept exactly as he'd left it: The water in the jug by his bed was continually refreshed, and his soap was replaced as soon as it started to look less than pristine, according to . The book attributed this dutiful obligation to keeping things exactly as they were to the "Victorian fascination with death," where taking these measures helped honor the memory of a loved one.
Even later, when Princess May married Prince Eddy's younger brother, George, Eddy's things were kept as-is. May and "George's children grew up with this ghost and couldn't wait to get away," the Daily Mail reported. So while no actual ghost sightings have occurred, there's a sense that York Cottage is the house time forgot, rooted to the memory of Eddy's days there, since no royal has lived in the house after George and May's kids left the house, according to the article.
York Cottage May Need Some Work Done.
Since York Cottage is currently divided into a holiday getaway and a place for the estate's staff to stay, there's a good chance it'll need renovations before Harry and Meghan move in, if the Queen truly is giving them this home-away-from-home. The couple already lives in a two-bedroom manor, Nottingham Cottage, at Kensington Palace.
Metro's depiction of Bachelor's Cottage is a bit more flattering, saying it looks like "'three Merrie England pubs joined together,' oozing charm and character."
If the couple decides to tackle some Property Brothers-caliber renovations, they'll have plenty of options of places to stay. Beyond Nott Cott in Kensington, the couple reportedly in the same neighborhood as David and Victoria Beckham.
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