Princess Beatrice ‘gave Harry and Meghan the nod to film at the Queen’s cottage’
Princess Beatrice, one of the few royals still in communication with Harry and Meghan, gave her permission for them to film at the Queen’s outsize Wendy house at Windsor Castle for their Netflix entertainment. Called Y Bwthyn Bach, it was a sixth birthday present to Princess Elizabeth from the people of Wales in 1932. In 2010, HM passed custodianship of the house to Princess Beatrice, who oversaw a year-long renovation before inviting Andrew Marr inside for The Diamond Queen for the BBC in 2012, the first time television cameras had been allowed in. But when she allowed access to the Montecito Two did she know they would be smirking over their tea as they monetised one of the Queen’s most private retreats?
Called Y Bwthyn Bach, it was a sixth birthday present to Princess Elizabeth from the people of Wales in 1932
Harry and Meghan, moaning that the two-bedroom Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace was just too small for them, neglected to point out that it was a stopgap berth while the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester were being moved from their 21-room apartment at KP to allow an expensive refurbishment for the Sussexes. At the last minute, the Sussexes decided they didn’t want to live there, and the Queen offered Frogmore Cottage at Windsor instead. Staff were relocated and £2.4million was spent on making it a res fit for the Sussex lifestyle. Curious how recollections vary.
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