Despite living in California since 2020, when they stepped down as senior working royals, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle haven’t entirely closed the door on life in the UK. In fact, earlier this week the pair renewed their lease on Frogmore Cottage, which was due to expire on 31 March, according to The Telegraph.
To recap, before leaving the UK to settle down in the US, Harry and Meghan lived together at Frogmore Cottage on the Queen’s Windsor Estate. They moved into the house just weeks before their son Archie Harrison was born in 2019, moving out the following year. Since then, Harry’s cousin Princess Eugenie, her husband Jack Brooksbank and their son August have lived at the house, but the Duke and Duchess of Sussex still have the lease, for one very important reason.
By keeping the lease at Frogmore Cottage, Harry is allowed to stay on as one of the Queen’s Counsellors of State. As for what this actually means, by law, should the Queen be temporarily unable to carry out her duties (whether that’s due to illness or being out of the country) then her Counsellors of State can step in.
The Counsellors of State are made up of the sovereign’s spouse (which would have been the late Prince Philip) and the next four people in the line of succession, counting only those who are over the age of 21. These are, Prince Charles, Prince William, Prince Harry and Prince Andrew (although, it’s possible he could be stripped of the role, given his recent legal…