Harry and Meghan’s new £3m Windsor home ‘to feature "floating" yoga room’January 13, 2019
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s new £3 million home will feature its own mother-and-baby yoga studio with a floating floor, according to reports.
The couple have gained permission from planners to include the spring floor as part of major taxpayer funded renovations at their cottage in Windsor, the Sunday Express says.
They will eventually move into Frogmore Cottage – a grade II listed property – when the work is finished in the spring.
The yoga room is among a range of amendments the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are making to the house – previously five apartments used as staff quarters.
Sources have said the room is among the changes to allow the family to enjoy regular yoga sessions, according the Express.
The plans were approved by Windsor and Maidenhead council shortly before Christmas but the full details of the renovations have remained secret to protect Harry and Meghan’s security and privacy.
Harry and Meghan – who are expecting their first child in the spring – will rip up the Victorian floorboards in the room to build a sprung floor often used in dance and music studios.
Planning papers state the original boards will be retained and reused elsewhere in the house.
The 34-year-old prince is understood to have become a yoga fan after being introduced by his wife last year.
"It has brought calmness to his life," a friend of the couple is quoted in the Express.
"Meghan has kept up her own routine during her prgnancy and many experts say gentle stretching is highly beneficial for babies too."
Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, is also fond of yoga and teaches as well as practises the discipline with the duchess, 37, is said to have been practicing yoga for many years herself.
The friend added Harry had been "very supportive" of Meghan, 37, and had joined his wife and "worked with her in her yoga" and that they could not wait to move in.
Changes to the building include removing one of the building’s characteristic and distinctive chimney stacks – which may spark calls of favouritism from conservationists.
Plans submitted to the council say materials from the chimney will also be reused in the refurbishments.
Conditions have been imposed to make sure the house is protected and preserved.
A huge double staircase similar to that featured in Gone With The Wind is also set to be installed to replace the many staircases dotted around the 17th century house, less than half a mile from Windsor Castle.
There are also set to be grand fireplaces installed throughout the house to complete the makeover.
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