See the cozy cottage that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will soon call home together

Ever since Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's official engagement announcement, we've been clamoring to learn more about Nottingham Cottage, the home where the happy couple plans to put down roots.

It's a place that, lucky for Markle, she's already cozied up to. (As Prince Harry's former bachelor pad, it's where she's stayed during visits, and it's also the site of the proposal).

According to The Telegraph, the charming English cottage "boasts two bedrooms, two reception rooms, a bathroom and a small garden." Which sounded like some pretty humble digs...until we reminded ourselves that it's a royal cottage, i.e. situated in the gorgeous manicured grounds of Kensington Palace, yet just a hop, skip and jump from the cosmopolitan amenities of Kensington Street.

Related: Facts about Kensington Palace you didn't know

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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Sigh. Turns out you can have the best of both worlds when it comes to real-estate. If you're a prince and future princess, that is.

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