Harry and Meghan have vacated Frogmore Cottage, Buckingham Palace has confirmed.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were asked to move any of their remaining possessions out of their UK home which is close to Windsor Castle.

This was just weeks after Prince Harry criticised his family in his controversial memoir Spare.

The couple refurbished the cottage which is a Crown Estate property.

The Northern Echo: Frogmore Cottage is a Grade II listed buildingFrogmore Cottage is a Grade II listed building (Image: Steve Parsons/PA)

Harry and Meghan leave Frogmore Cottage

It was their last remaining foothold in the UK and the couple now live in California.

At the annual Sovereign Grant account briefing on royal finances, Sir Michael Stevens, Keeper of the Privy Purse, said: “We can confirm that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have vacated Frogmore Cottage.

“We will not be going into any detail on those arrangements here.

“Safe to say that, as has previously been stated, the duke and duchess have paid for the expenditure incurred by the Sovereign Grant in relation to the renovation of Frogmore Cottage, thus leaving the Crown with a greatly enhanced asset.”

Harry last visited the UK earlier this month when he gave evidence in court over his alleged hacking claim against Mirror Group Newspapers (MGN).

Before that he had returned briefly for the King’s Coronation in May.

After they stepped down from the working monarchy, Harry and Meghan moved to the US in 2020.

The Northern Echo: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex moved to the US in 2020The Duke and Duchess of Sussex moved to the US in 2020 (Image: Toby Melville/PA)

Harry’s grandmother, the late Queen, gave Grade II listed Frogmore to the couple as a gift.

In 2019, royal accounts showed Meghan and Harry paid £2.4 million to cover the refurbishment and rental of Frogmore Cottage, on the Home Park Estate, a property they have only used a handful of times since relocating to the US.

A palace official said there was nothing to add in relation to who would live in the cottage in the future.

“I have nothing to add,” the official said. “Any future occupancy will be determined and communicated in next year’s report.”

The Palace refused to be drawn on whether the King’s disgraced brother the Duke of York would be leaving his Royal Lodge home in Windsor Great Park.

It has been reported that Andrew had been offered Frogmore Cottage instead.

Sir Michael said: “We will not be discussing any details of the duke’s private lease arrangements here today.”