Whose Home Costs More? - Meghan Markle or Kate Middleton

The Palace of Holyroodhouse

Though the palace is generally open to the public all year round, it will close and serve as a residence whenever prominent guests or royal family members are present. Every year, the Queen spends a week at Holyroodhouse, famously known as “Holyrood week,” and throws a grand garden party. Over 8,000 Scottish people of all ages and walks of life are welcomed to come enjoy a beautiful afternoon with her in the gardens to celebrate everything Scottish.

Hillsborough Castle

This 100-acre royal dwelling located in Northern Ireland is the residence of the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and the official residence of Queen Elizabeth II. Other members of the royal family stay on the property whenever they visit the area and it is also used to accommodate prestigious international guests. Hillsborough Castle is not truly a castle, but rather an 18th-century country house that forms one side of a shipshape Georgian square. It’s famous for hosting peace talks and superb royal garden parties.

The property was closed for five years in order to carry out an extensive $20 million renovation project and finally reopened in April 2019. The goal was to turn the house into a place that people of all ages could engage with and enjoy. At the grand re-opening, the prince paid tribute to the over 700 contractors and craftspeople who helped make this vision a reality.

Althorp House

Known for its exquisite private art and furniture collections, the Althorp House has been home to several generations of one of Britain’s most aristocratic families since 1508. Several generations of Spencers, including the beloved Princess Diana, were born and raised in this beautiful countryside estate covering 13,000 acres of land in Northamptonshire, Warwick, and Norfolk.

As one could imagine, the upkeep for a world-renowned mansion this lavish doesn’t come cheap. In the 1980s, Althorp’s interior design was remodeled costing the Spencer family well over $2 million. Besides hosting an annual Food and Drink Festival, the estate is open to the public in July and August every year at a pretty affordable rate. If that’s not enough to satisfy your fix, keep an eye out: Prince Earl has been known to open up the home a few times a year to overnight guests willing to pay upwards of $25,000 per night.

Osborne House

This 342-acre estate in East Cowes, Isle of Wright was originally purchased by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in 1845 as a summer vacation home. After Queen Victoria’s death in 1901, the house was handed over to the state, and a few of the rooms were used as a private museum in honor of the late Queen.

In 2018, Osborne Cottage went on the market for $701,000, a listed price much lower than you might expect for a home with royal roots. However, because Queen Victoria died here, some people have speculated whether or not the rather cheap price for this cottage has anything to do with ghosts. Adventure-seekers can see for themselves if they dare: Osborne Cottage is open to the public for tours.

Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace was originally built in 1605 in the village of Kensington and has been an official royal residence since the 17th century. Currently, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke and Duchess of Kent, and Prince and Princess Michael of Kent all live in the classically glamorous palace.

That’s a lot of royals under one roof, so it’s a good thing that the palace is comprised of multiple cottages. When Meghan Markle and Prince Harry lived there, their two-bedroom suite alone was 1,300 square feet, while Prince William and Kate Middleton’s portion of the palace boasted 19 bedrooms. The renovations to this grandiose palace took two years to complete, and a shiny $13.5 million.

Kate Middleton’s childhood home

Before growing up and moving into their chic bachelorette pad, Pippa and Kate Middleton were young children living in a Victorian-style, four-bedroom house that their parents, Carole and Michael Middleton, purchased for $38,000. Once the Middletons’ party supplies business gained momentum, the couple was able to sell their house for $177,000, earning a 355% profit.

The success of the business, coupled with the profit from selling their house, allowed them to purchase a new home, Oak Acre, for $280,000. Kate recalls having a blue and cream colored room in this charming, five-bedroom country house. Oak Acre is only accessible through the use of a private roadway, which worked out well for the family later in life.

Highgrove House

Highgrove House is the family home of Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall in Gloucestershire, England. The house was built in the late 1700s as a rectangular, detached three-story building composed of ashlar blocks. This royal mansion is complete with four reception rooms, nine bedrooms, a wing for staff accommodation, as well as a nursery wing. Highgrove House was remodeled in 1987 to reflect Prince Charles’s environmental values and beliefs.

Some of the home’s most impressive environmental-inspired features include solar panels covering the farms, a wood chip boiler to provide heating, and a natural sewage system to filter waste. This property is well-known for its vast and majestic gardens, which attract 30,000 visitors a year.

Frogmore House

Dubbed “Frogmore” in reference to the large quantities of frogs that resided near the River Thames, Frogmore House is celebrated for its gorgeous landscape consisting of over 4,000 trees and shrubs. George III originally purchased the house in 1792 as a gift for his wife, Queen Charlotte. It has since stayed in the family and encompasses Frogmore Cottage, where the Duke and Duchess of Sussex — Prince Harry and Meghan Markle — now live together.

Although the couple was happy to move into this historical royal property, the 17th-century mansion was due for some family-friendly renovations to welcome baby Archie. While the original building featured 10 bedrooms divided up into five separate apartments, the new home will be a single-family home complete with child-proofed windows, a bedroom for Meghan Markle’s mother, and a large yoga room.

Mille Fleurs Estate

At the start of 2020, Harry and Meghan made it public that the Sussex Royals would step down as senior members of the British Royal Family, as it was in the best interest of their immediate family and their newborn son.

They are currently staying in the Mille Fleurs Estate in Vancouver, Canada. Now, they’ll have plenty of privacy behind the protection of a private-access beach on this $18 million 11,416 square foot home.

Craigowan Lodge

The royal family and their favorite VIP members must have somewhere to stay in the summer months while the rest of the Balmoral Estate is being prepared for tourists, and that’s where Craigowan Lodge comes in. This seven-bedroom luxurious stone lodge is located just one mile from the rest of the castle and houses many members of the royal family every summer, including The Queen.

It was told in 2008 in the obituary of Michael Andreevich Romanoff, the highest-ranking member of the Russian imperial family, that his family spent most of World War II at Craigowan Lodge. This lodge was also one of Princess Diana and Prince Charles’ favorite vacation destinations.

Clarence House

Known to be one of London’s last aristocratic town-homes, Clarence House was built between 1825 and 1827. This attachment to St. James’s Palace is the official residence of the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall. Prince William and Prince Harry also spent some time living in this white, four-story, stucco townhome.
Some of the house’s most charming features are a part of the Queen Mother’s collection, which includes a variety of 20th-century artwork and classic Chinese porcelain displayed according to her layout. The Clarence House closed in 2019 for building maintenance and is set to reopen for the public in the summer of 2020.

Buckingham Palace

There are few things in the world as grandiose and ritzy as Buckingham Palace. Located in the City of Westminster, Buckingham Palace has been the official residence of the Queen of England since 1837, when Queen Victoria took the throne. This lavish estate is decked out with a 19th-century interior and has a total of 775 rooms.

The palace is open to the public for 10 weeks each year during the summer, and on select dates during spring and winter. Due to the massive nature of arguably the most important royal residence, tourists have much to see at the Buckingham Palace, including London’s largest garden. While Queen Elizabeth II’s net worth is estimated to be around $530 million, reports claim that Buckingham Palace is worth anywhere between $2 billion and $5 billion.

Birch Hall

Originally built in 1740, the Queen purchased Birch Hall for a whopping $6.1 million for her two granddaughters, Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice, to live in with their mother, the Duchess of York, in 1997. This expensive and lavish gift was actually part of a divorce settlement, but the Duchess turned it down because she believed that it would ultimately be too pricey to preserve.

Birch Hall — sprawled out over 5 acres of land and complete with seven bedrooms, four bathrooms, and five living spaces — was later sold for $2.2 million. The money collected from the sale of the estate went into a fund for both Princesses, who were just nine and 10 years old at the time. Later on, the new owners of the home listed it for triple the price.

Meghan Markle’s Toronto Pad

In case you’ve ever wondered what the going rate is on a Toronto house that once belonged to a commoner who was successfully wooed by royalty, it’s not particularly cheap. The Suits actress, Meghan Markle, and her pet dogs once enjoyed this gorgeously done-up two-story home located in Canada while she was at work shooting the USA Network hit television series.

Markle once talked about her cozy home on Instagram stating that “there is no place like home.” After getting married to Prince Harry and moving to Frogmore Cottage, the former actress no longer had a need for her Toronto pad, and it went on the market for $1.6 million.

St. James’s Palace

Located in the City of Westminster, St. James’s Palace served as the official residence of kings and queens for over 300 years, just until Queen Victoria ruled in office. Even though St. James is no longer the official home of the monarch, it is still a working palace that houses several royal families and their working offices.

Each year, the palace hosts about 100 charity events involving royal family members. St. James’s Palace is also responsible for hosting the Accession Council meetings after the death of the queen. For the first time in the building’s existence, the royal family opened up two bedrooms at St. James’s Palace in 2018 for anyone willing to fork out $22,000 a month, or $280,000 a year.



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