The queen reportedly turned down Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's request to live in Windsor Castle

It's safe to say that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are fully settled into Frogmore Cottage, their new home as of last April. The cottage (read: mansion), which was previously used to house royal staff in separate apartments, underwent $3 million in renovations to create a more private and secure home for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and baby Archie Harrison. However, new reports reveal that the couple originally had their sights set on living in Windsor Castle.

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EMBARGOED UNTIL 23:01 GMT SEPTEMBER 15, 2016. A member of staff of the Royal Collection poses with a dress worn by Britain's Queen Elizabeth, in the Crimson Drawing Room at Windsor Castle in Windsor, Britain September 15, 2016. The exhibition Fashioning a Reign: 90 Years of Style from The Queen's Wardrobe, will show at the castle from September 17, 2016 to January 8, 2017. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
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The President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins inspects the guard of honour at Windsor Castle in Windsor, southern England April 8, 2014. The Irish President and his wife Sabina are embarking on a four day State Visit to Britain, and will stay at Windsor Castle as guests of Queen Elizabeth. REUTERS/Steve Parsons/pool (BRITAIN - Tags: POLITICS ROYALS SOCIETY ENTERTAINMENT)
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Windsor Castle is where Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip spend most of their weekends, and earlier this week, the Sunday Times reported that Harry and Meghan had first asked the queen if they could live there, too. 

"The couple are understood to have set their hearts at first on Windsor Castle, and are believed to have asked the Queen if living quarters could be made available after their marriage," the article reads.

However, it appears that the queen rejected the idea and instead, gifted them Frogmore Cottage (which is arguably, a much better deal).

Hugo Vickers, the author of several biographies on the royal family, provided his own explanation as to why the queen might have done this.

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WINDSOR, ENGLAND - APRIL 10: A general view of Frogmore Cottage at Frogmore Cottage on April 10, 2019 in Windsor, England. The cottage is situated on the Frogmore Estate, itself part of Home Park, Windsor, in Berkshire. It is the new home of Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex. (Photo by GOR/Getty Images)
May 19th 2019 - Prince Harry The Duke of Sussex and Duchess Meghan of Sussex celebrate their first wedding anniversary. They were married at St. George's Chapel on the grounds of Windsor Castle on May 19th 2018. - File Photo by: zz/KGC-09/STAR MAX/IPx 2019 2/17/19 Frogmore Cottage - the home of Prince Harry The Duke of Sussex and Meghan The Duchess of Sussex and their newborn baby - in Windsor, England, UK.
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - APRIL 10: A general view of Frogmore Cottage at Frogmore Cottage on April 10, 2019 in Windsor, England. The cottage is situated on the Frogmore Estate, itself part of Home Park, Windsor, in Berkshire. It is the new home of Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex. (Photo by GOR/Getty Images)
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"There are empty bedrooms and suites in the private apartments [within Windsor Castle] which the Sussexes may have had their eye on, or perhaps some former living quarters in the castle grounds converted into other things. But I can see how it might not be entirely appropriate to have a young family living there," he said.

Of course, Frogmore Cottage, which is on the grounds of Windsor Castle, was then turned into the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's five-bedroom dream home, so it seems like there are no hard feelings and in the end, everyone came out a winner.

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Frogmore Cottage was built in the 18th century for Queen Charlotte, the wife of King George III, who is said to have use the home as a retreat for her and her daughters. However, the home became something extra special to Harry and Meghan after Prince Charles hosted their wedding reception there back in May 2018.

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TOPSHOT - The newly married Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, (R) and Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, (L) leave Windsor Castle in Windsor on May 19, 2018 after their wedding to attend an evening reception at Frogmore House. (Photo by Steve Parsons / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read STEVE PARSONS/AFP/Getty Images)
The newly married Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, (R) and Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, (L) leave Windsor Castle in Windsor on May 19, 2018 after their wedding to attend an evening reception at Frogmore House. (Photo by Steve Parsons / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read STEVE PARSONS/AFP/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 19: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex helps his new bride the Duchess of Sussex into the car as they leave Windsor Castle after their wedding to attend an evening reception at Frogmore House, hosted by the Prince of Wales on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Steve Parsons - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 19: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex helps his new bride the Duchess of Sussex into the car as they leave Windsor Castle after their wedding to attend an evening reception at Frogmore House, hosted by the Prince of Wales on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Steve Parsons - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - MAY 19: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, leave Windsor Castle in Windsor on May 19, 2018 in an E-Type Jaguar after their wedding to attend an evening reception at Frogmore House. (Photo by Noam Galai/GC Images)
Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, (R) and Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, (L) leave Windsor Castle in Windsor on May 19, 2018 in an E-Type Jaguar after their wedding to attend an evening reception at Frogmore House. (Photo by Steve Parsons / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read STEVE PARSONS/AFP/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - MAY 19: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, leave Windsor Castle in Windsor on May 19, 2018 in an E-Type Jaguar after their wedding to attend an evening reception at Frogmore House. (Photo by Noam Galai/GC Images)
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - MAY 19: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, leave Windsor Castle in Windsor on May 19, 2018 in an E-Type Jaguar after their wedding to attend an evening reception at Frogmore House. (Photo by Noam Galai/GC Images)
The newly married Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, leaving Windsor Castle after their wedding to attend an evening reception at Frogmore House, hosted by the Prince of Wales. (Photo by Rick Findler/PA Images via Getty Images)
The newly married Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, leaving Windsor Castle after their wedding to attend an evening reception at Frogmore House, hosted by the Prince of Wales. (Photo by Rick Findler/PA Images via Getty Images)
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - MAY 19: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, leave Windsor Castle in Windsor on May 19, 2018 in an E-Type Jaguar after their wedding to attend an evening reception at Frogmore House. (Photo by Noam Galai/GC Images)
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - MAY 19: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, leave Windsor Castle in Windsor on May 19, 2018 in an E-Type Jaguar after their wedding to attend an evening reception at Frogmore House. (Photo by Noam Galai/GC Images)
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