Kensington Palace to undergo massive renovation -- possibly for Prince Harry's new apartment

Things are definitely heating up for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. The pair is rumored to get engaged before the end of the year, and the proof is in the pudding at Kensington Palace -- and no, not the dessert. In the home renovations.

Prince Harry has lived in one of the smallest residences on the grounds, Nottingham Cottage, for quite some time, but it seems he'll soon be making an upgrade. His American actress girlfriend often comes to stay with him in the two-bedroom space and is said to be planning to move to London full-time after filming wraps for 'Suits.'

Now, a new rumor has emerged as to where Harry and Meghan will live once she does.

Harry's future home is reportedly the 21-room Apartment 1, which closely mimics Apartment 1A -- the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's London home with their children George and Charlotte. (Kinda confusing, we know.) The space is currently home to the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, but it's believed they'll leave the apartment fairly soon.

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Little-known facts about Kensington Palace
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Little-known facts about Kensington Palace

1. It's more than 400 years old. The two-story sprawling residence was built in 1605.

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2. It wasn't always a royal residence. In fact, it was originally a mansion called Nottingham House that was built during the Jacobean era (1567-1625) for Sir George Coppin, one of London's wealthy businessmen.

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3. But asthma led to it becoming a palace. When King William and Queen Mary assumed their joint thrones in 1689, they began looking for a new place to live: Whitehall Palace was too close to the River Thames, which agitated King William's asthma. They purchased Nottingham House in the summer of 1689 for roughly $24,500.

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4. A reigning monarch hasn't lived there in more than 250 years. The last ruling king to make Kensington Palace his primary residence was King George II, who died in 1760.

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5. But several ghosts do. The most famous of which is the aforementioned King George, whose ghost is reportedly spotted in the King's Gallery moaning, "Why won't they come?" (his alleged last words).

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6. It was almost bulldozed in the 1890s. But the palace—which had fallen into major disrepair—was saved by Queen Victoria, who got Parliament to approve a two-year renovation.

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7. More than 1 million bouquets were left at the palace gates when Princess Diana died. They stretched nearly 5 feet deep.

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8. And her apartment lay empty for 10 years after her death. No one has lived there since.

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9. You can host an event there. Seriously—you can have weddings, galas, charity events, and the like (for up to 2,000 people) at Kensington Palace.

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10. Case in point: Nicky Hilton was married there. Her July 2015 wedding to James Rothschild took place in the Palace's Orangery.

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That speculation, in fact, initially came from none other than Princess Michael of Kent, the Queen's cousin by marriage.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have a "lovely big apartment," she said in an interview with Tatler magazine, "next to the Gloucesters, who I think will leave their enormous apartment because their children have gone."

She noted that Prince Harry will probably take their place in Apartment 1, saying that it'd be a "very good move" for him to live next door to his brother and sister-in-law.

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Prince Harry is the ultimate third wheel
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Prince Harry is the ultimate third wheel

Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Britain's Prince Harry and Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, wait to attend a Service of Commemoration for those who served in Afghanistan at St Paul's Cathedral in central London on March 13, 2015.

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Britain's Prince William, his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and brother Prince Harry are pictured as they visit the Tower of London's 'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red' poppy installation, in central London, on August 5, 2014.

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Prince Harry and Prince William and Kate Middleton watch the action during the RBS Six Nations Championship match between England and Italy at Twickenham on February 10, 2007 in London, England.

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Prince George of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Harry look on from the balcony during the annual Trooping The Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade on June 13, 2015 in London, England.

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry watch riders at the finish line of Stage 1 of the Tour De France on July 5, 2014 in Harrogate, United Kingdom. Spectators and residents prepare themselves and gather on the streets as they get ready to watch Stage 1 of the Tour de France on July 5, 2014 in Harrogate, United Kingdom.

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Prince Harry, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine; Duchess of Cambridge attend the England v Wales match during the Rugby World Cup 2015 on September 26, 2015 at Twickenham Stadium, London, United Kingdom.

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Prince Harry, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge on the balcony during Trooping the Colour - Queen Elizabeth II's Birthday Parade, at The Royal Horseguards on June 14, 2014 in London, England.

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Prince Harry, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge share a joke on the set used to depict Diagon Alley in the Harry Potter Films during the Inauguration Of Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden on April 26, 2013 in London, England.

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry attend Cycling on Day 6 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Velodrome on August 2, 2012 in London, England.

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Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry applaud during the Show Jumping Eventing Equestrian on Day 4 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Greenwich Park on July 31, 2012 in London, England.

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Prince William The Duke of Cambridge his brother Prince Harry  and his wife Catherine the Duchess of Cambridge interact with students during a visit to Bacon's College on July 26, 2012 in London.

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Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Prince Harry wave as they pass the Houses of Parliament aboard the Royal barge, 'Spirit of Chartwell' in central London, on June 3, 2012, during the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant.

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Prince Harry, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge depart after the Royal wedding of Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall at Canongate Kirk on July 30, 2011 in Edinburgh, Scotland. 

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Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry are seen during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on July 27, 2012 in London, England.

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Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry attend the Commonwealth Observance Day Service on March 14, 2016 in London, United Kingdom. 

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Princess Michael's quote is from 2014, but the idea that the Gloucesters will be moving has been brought back to the surface due to a new report about the finances of the royal household for 2016-17. Apartment 1, you see, is getting some work done.

Says the report:

"In 2017-18, the roof to Apartment 1 in Kensington Palace will be renewed and the scaffolding will also allow the windows to be surveyed and repaired or replaced."

Sounds a bit like the work done for William and Kate at 1A ... and who remembers that shiny new roof the Cambridges installed at Amner Hall? Does this mean the household is making some upgrades for their new re-haired tenant? Very possible.

The Palace is already working on another massive underground renovation that would open up Apartment 9 for the young royals. Some have speculated that that apartment is for Prince Harry and his future bride, but others believe it's just more space for William and Kate when they officially move in this fall.

No matter who plans to be living exactly where, it's clear that William, Kate and Harry are officially taking over at Kensington Palace. Can we move in, too?

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10 reasons to love Prince Harry
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10 reasons to love Prince Harry
1. He's perfect with kids
Holding this cutie close, Harry looks like a natural. We bet he's great with George!
1. He's perfect with kids
Superman! Harry steals this little girl's heart during his visit to Chile.
2. He always keeps his family laughing
Whenever the three young royals are together, you'll see William and Kate constantly in stitches.
2. He always keeps his family laughing
Always the life of the party!
3. He plays Polo
Harry and William both play polo, looking studly as they typically compete against each other. 
3. He plays Polo
So sexy, right?!
4. Brotherly love
Boys will be boys, and these are our favorite brothers.
4. Brotherly love
William supported his brother during the first annual Invictus Games, and it was just adorable.
5. His love for puppies
UGH. Prince Harry pets a pup in the crowd, and we fall further in love.
5. His love for puppies
True love: Lupo and Harry.
6. He's a man in uniform
Harry, you clean up well.
6. He's a man in uniform
Melting hearts all over the world.
7. His dance moves
Prince Harry dancing with children is probably the greatest thing in the world.
7. His dance moves
This Prince has MOVES.
8. Baby Harry!
Need we say more?
8. Baby Harry!
STOP. George has these overalls too! 
9. His philanthropy work
Harry gives a speech at the first ever Invictus Games, which were a rousing success.
9. His philanthropy work
Harry went on a trek in Antarctica with the Walking with the Wounded organization for wounded soldiers. 
10. Because he's Prince Harry.

How could you not love Britain's "spare"?

10. Because he's Prince Harry.
Happy 30th, Harry!
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