‘How do they get Archie to sleep under this racket from Heathrow?’: Visitors get glimpse into Harry and Meghan’s lives as new parents as Frogmore House throws open doors to public just inches from the Duke and Duchess’s home
- Royal fans were allowed to wander around grounds of Frogmore House today
- The estate in Windsor is only open to the public for three charity days every year
- There was no sign of Harry and Meghan – though fans commented on the noise
- Heathrow Airport planes flew past, with fans asking how baby Archie could sleep
Royal fans were able to wander through the grounds of Frogmore House today, allowing them to get a glimpse into the lives of Harry and Meghan.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex moved into Frogmore Cottage, on the Frogmore Estate in Windsor, in early May ahead of the birth of baby Archie.
Today, fans were able to wander through the royal retreat as part of a special charity event for the National Garden Scheme.
Although visitors passed within 20 feet of Frogmore Cottage, the royal couple weren’t spotted, with some saying they tried to ‘peer into’ the windows.
Despite the beauty of the gardens, several visitors commented on the sound of planes flying overhead, with some wondering how the newborn royal baby manages to sleep with the constant noise.
Royal fans were given the rare chance of wandering through the Frogmore House grounds today as part of a special charity event for the National Garden Scheme
Visitors commented on the planes flying overhead and asked how baby Archie (pictured with Harry and Meghan) managed to sleep with the noise
Royal fans walked within 20 feet of Frogmore Cottage today as they were allowed into the grounds of Frogmore House
The grounds of Frogmore estate are only opened for three charity open days every year
With Heathrow Airport nearby, 14 flights pass within a mile of the house every thirty minutes.
Harry and Meghan are believed to have splashed out a whopping £50,000 on a soundproofing unit for their new home, in order to block out the noise from the jets.
In March, 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.
One royal fan said it was ‘mad’ how close they got to Harry and Meghan’s new home.
She wrote: ‘Couple of windows open and two shiny cars out front so someone’s there… Mad how close you can get.
‘Although how they’re getting Archie to sleep under this flight path is beyond me. Absolute racket.’
Royal fan Sophia Money-Coutts said it was ‘mad’ how close they got to Harry and Meghan’s new home during the visit today
This year, the gardens will be open from May 28 to May 30. All proceeds from tomorrow’s open day will be given to the British Heart Foundation and from Thursday’s will go to the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society
Eager royal fans shared their snaps of Frogmore House and Gardens on social media, as they gushed about the experience
Nurses from the Queen’s Nursing Institute also attended, with the charity’s Twitter account later writing: ‘Fantastic tour of Frogmore for our Queen’s Nurses by head gardener Neil Dodds’
Despite the noise of the passing planes and the lack of royal sightings, visitors were gushing in their praise of the gardens.
The house is defended at all times by armed police and trespassers can be shot on sight for breaching the perimeter.
However, today locals and tourists wandered uninhibited through the exclusive gardens which surround the home of Harry and Meghan.
More than 400 cars were spotted parked up on the approach to the house.
Liz Jones, 70, from Slough, Berkshire said: ‘I went into Frogmore 20 odd years ago, I didn’t remember it very well, but it is just top notch.
The rare event was a hit with the public with more than 400 cars spotted parked up on the approach to the house
Even though no royals were spotted today, visitors were gushing in their praise of the gardens
Fans were able to wander through the royal gardens as part of a special charity event for the National Garden Scheme
For most of the year, the house is defended at all times by armed police and trespassers can be shot on sight for breaching the perimeter
‘There are a lot of beautiful, low trees and shrubs nearly everywhere – and flowers. An unusual one I spotted was Camassia. The National Garden Scheme is something really important and I think the royals are very much great lovers of the land.’
The 70-year-old was visiting with her friend, Lynda Hazell, also 70 and from Slough, and together they are planning to start a gardening section for the University of the Third Age.
Their visit to Frogmore was an inspiration, they said.
Sandra Whall-Sudnick, of Clarkston, Michigan in the US, was visiting relatives in the UK when she decided to go to Frogmore and joked: ‘We were trying to look in the windows at the top of the house, but we did not see any signs of life.’
The 59-year-old added that she had walked for around an hour through the grounds, as the tour was extensive.
Charles Hendy, 68, and from Ruislip, Middlesex, said: ‘It was beautifully laid out, manicured, extensive. Lots of wild trees. I would definitely go again.’
One fan wrote on Twitter: ‘Lovely morning at Frogmore House and Gardens, before the crowds descended and the rain came’
Today’s charity open day was well attended and the other two, taking place tomorrow and Thursday, are also expected to draw a sizable crowd
Fans took to Twitter to share their delight at being allowed into the grounds of Frogmore House, posting photos online
Several more royal fans took to Twitter to share their experiences of Frogmore.
Nurses from the Queen’s Nursing Institute also attended, with the charity’s Twitter account later writing: ‘Fantastic tour of Frogmore for our Queen’s Nurses by head gardener Neil Dodds.’
Another fan said: ‘Lovely morning at Frogmore House and Gardens, before the crowds descended and the rain came.
‘I feel like a VIP driving down the Long Walk.’
One wrote: ‘A rare opportunity to have a look around Frogmore House Gardens, Windsor Great Park today and see the new planting.’
Frogmore House and Gardens are only open to the public on three Charity Open Days each year, when all proceeds are donated to specially selected charities.
This year the gardens will be open from May 28 to May 30.
All proceeds from tomorrow’s open day will be given to the British Heart Foundation and Thursday’s will go to the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society.