Gloucestershire folk’s chances of seeing them out shopping in the county falls as they plan to give up their £2.5 million Cotswolds bolthole
Prince Harry and his pregnant wife Meghan are to give up their weekend Cotswolds bolthole just before the arrival of their first baby because of security fears, according to the latest reports.
Royal fans hoping to catch a glimpse of Meghan pushing a pram through Stow-on-the-Wold or the couple shopping in Bourton will be disappointed by the latest news.
According to the Daily Mail have the couple will give up the two year lease early in March, a month before Meghan is expected to give birth.
And one suggestion is it could all be down to fears over the royals security at the country estate where David and Victoria Beckham are said to have been targeted by traveller gangs.
Until now the couple had been expected to retain the two year lease on the £2.5million former farmhouse on the Gloucestershire borders after they moved from London to Windsor this spring.
But now it appears they plan to move out of the quintessential country estate between Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire which has become such a magnet for the rich and famous it has been dubbed Poshfordshire.
There are conflicting reports on why they are moving out, with some suggesting they are struggling to afford the cost of running two homes.
But other sources have told the Daily Mail that parents to be Harry, 34, and Meghan, 37, have been forced to leave because of security concerns for their family.
Near neighbours, Victoria and David Beckham recently suffered two attempted break-ins at £6 million mansion on the same estate.
Police believe a West Country gang that has been linked to murders, extortion and drug dealing over the past 30 years are prime suspects in the raids which have forced David, 43, and Victoria, 44, to fortify their family home.
Security at the country estate is not as tight as it is at official royal residences such as Windsor or Sandringham, sources told the Daily Mail.
Whatever the reason, it will be a wrench for the Duke and Duchess of Suffolk to let go of the Cotswolds hideaway where they escaped during the pressured run-up to their Windsor wedding las year..
Although they live at Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace during the week, they are said to still spend most weekends in the Cotswolds and Meghan is said to have been particularly taken with the pretty hamlet which is packed with the rich and famous.
As well as containing happy memories, it is close to the Soho Farmhouse country club which attracts many of their friends.
But at least they will still will be able to enjoy a slice of rural life because Frogmore Cottage is undergoing massive renovations to ensure that the family has a “comfortable country life”.
One source told the Daily Mail that the building works on Frogmore Cottage are expected to cost up to £3million and although taxpayers will foot most of the bill, the couple will have pay for all the fixtures and fittings themselves.
And if that’s not rural enough for them, there will be plenty of room at grandad’s place at Highgrove House as Prince Charles increasingly takes on more royal duties requiring him to spend more time in London.
What’s more, they don’t have to worry about the baby coming early on visits to Highgrove because it’s just down the road from Stroud Maternity Hospital where fellow royal Zara gave birth.