Prince Harry and Meghan are to splash out £50,000 on soundproofing unit for their new Windsor home to block out noise from Heathrow jets
- The couple are said to have spent a record £3million renovating the property
- New soundproofing measures are thought to include triple glazed windows
- 14 flights pass within a mile of the property around every thirty minutes
- They were due to move into Frogmore Cottage in Windsor, this week
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are set to splash out a whopping £50,000 on a soundproofing unit for their new home in order to block out the noise from Heathrow jets.
The couple have reportedly spent a record £3million renovating their Grade II listed Frogmore Cottage which is situated in the grounds of Windsor Castle.
They were due to move into Frogmore Cottage in Windsor, this week, but workmen are still on-site and the huge white sheet over the house was only removed in the last few days.
The quintessentially British Frogmore Cottage in the grounds of Frogmore House near Windsor
Work continues round the clock with just over 8 weeks to go before the Birth of Meghan and Harry’s first child
The soundproofing measures are thought to include triple glazed windows, which will be handy in blocking out sounds from the 14 flights that pass within a mile of the house every thirty minutes.
Efforts to cancel noise from planes could see the couple’s move in date pushed back by another four weeks, meaning the heavily-pregnant Duchess would move in just days before giving birth.
This week neighbours reported that one BA flight had passed over the roof of the cottage at 3,000 ft, with a Virgin flight passing over less than thirty minutes later at 1,800ft.
Pregnant Meghan (pictured with Prince Harry ) is said to have worked closely with builders during the renovations and a source told The Sun that the royal couple have been picky
According to the Mirror, one Windsor resident Karen Shawcroft said it was something that the Royals would have to learn to live with.
She said: ‘You do get used to it, but sometimes it’s an awful racket. A few people have been round to quote for that type of soundproofing, but it’s a great upheaval and is a lot of money.’
A source told The Sun that the couple have been picky in their preparations relating to Frogmore Cottage.
‘It’s been all hands to the pump. The builders have worked all week whatever the weather. But they keep making changes, particularly on the layout.
‘The word is they’ve been quite demanding, which is understandable as what homeowner doesn’t want their house to be perfect?’ they said.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were gifted Frogmore Cottage by the Queen and the building work will be covered by the taxpayer-funded Sovereign Grant.
However, it is expected that Harry and Meghan will pay for the sound proofing out of their own pocket.
The couple are moving to the five bedroom cottage from Kensington Palace as they prepare to be parents for the first time.
Builders have been pictured at the property over the last month as the final touches are made on the property
The Frogmore renovations have seen interior walls knocked down to create a five-bedroom property with en-suite bathrooms and a huge kitchen-diner space.
The royal couple have already moved out of their Kensington Palace cottage, sparking rumours of a rift between them and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
The latest reports claim the couple have been offered an apartment at Buckingham Palace in the interim after its £369million renovation.
A map shows where in Windsor the royal couple will be based in relation to other royal spots
Meghan is expecting their first child in weeks and had said to have worked closely with builders during the renovations.
A satellite dish will be put up outside the property and a £50,000 green energy unit will be installed to provide hot water and electricity.
Frogmore Cottage has not been renovated since Heathrow sprawled in size, becoming the world’s busiest two-runway airport.
A source told the Mirror: ‘Since the Seventies, just staff on the Windsor estate have lived there. Aircraft noise has always been a growing problem. I doubt they’ll spend much time in the garden with all that aircraft noise.’