The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their son Archie, now two months old, at St George's Hall in Windsor on May 8
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex could be instructed to withdraw their proposals for the new garden at Frogmore Cottage after changing their plans for the design.
Prince Harry and Meghan are planning to have an organic vegetable plot made in the gardens of their new home on the Queen's Windsor estate, where they now live with their two-month-old son Archie.
They undertook a £ 2.5 million renovation without a building permit after they changed their minds about the design of the garden after the municipality had given permission.
The couple is now seeking retrospective permission for parts of & # 39; external landscaping & # 39; in the garden after using a different design than approved by the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Council.
Harry and Megan could be forced to retire to work at home, where they moved in response to a project to convert Frogmore from five lapsed former staff properties that are thought to have cost £ 3 million.
The monumental house was gifted to the duke and duchess by the queen last year. Kensington Palace confirmed the move in November and said that Windsor is a & # 39; very special place & # 39; was for the couple.
Frogmore Cottage is near Windsor Castle, the Queen's summer residence and St George's Chapel, where Harry and Meghan got married in May 2018 when millions of people around the world watched TV.
Ian Ratcliffe, project manager at the Royal House, said in a letter to the City Council planning team: & # 39; This application was submitted after a substantial change in parts of granting planning permission.
& # 39; We believe that national security may be compromised if public access is given to the plans, other drawings and documents related to this project, either at the offices of the council or on the council's website where they can be viewed and copied. In addition, copies of the plans and other documents may not be sent to legal consultations.
The monumental Frogmore Cottage in Windsor, Berkshire, was endowed by the queen to the duke and duchess last year.
Frogmore Cottage (photo) is located near Windsor Castle, the Queen's summer residence and the St. George's Chapel
& # 39; For national security reasons, we would therefore appreciate it if this application could be treated as confidential and should not be allowed into the public domain, depending on the nature of the works and their location.
& # 39; And (we) would confirm that this request is submitted on the basis that the associated plans, drawings and other documents are not released in the public domain, neither at your office nor on your website. & # 39 ;
According to the Planning Act, a retroactive planning application is submitted to the municipality if a change is made to a home for which permission for construction is required and no approval has been requested.
A local authority can also request that a retroactive planning request is submitted for the work that has already been done, but this does not mean that permission is granted automatically.
If the application is refused retroactively, the local authority can issue a declaration of enforcement, which may require the couple to undo all changes to Frogmore Cottage.
Ian Ratcliffe, project manager at the royal family, wrote a letter about the application to the planning team of the council
Under the plans revealed by a well-placed royal source last month, the proposals include a tennis or badminton court in the couple's Windsor house.
There are also plans for exterior painting and landscaping, installing safety lights and planting £ 20,000 of fast-growing shrubs and trees.
Various baby-friendly functions for the Archie couple, as well as a vegetable garden so that the couple can grow their own products, are also included.
The revised plans, according to the source, will differ slightly after a last-minute change of heart by the royal couple.
The source said: & # 39; Some changes have been made to the plans to make the Duke and Duchess's garden after the original planning permission was granted.
& # 39; Frogmore Cottage is the perfect place for a royal prince to grow up with the duke and duchess and these changes are very important to create a perfect home for himself and Archie.
The royal couple is now seeking retroactive permission for parts of & # 39; external landscape works & # 39; in the garden
Portions of the plans submitted to the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Council were viewed on the internet
The couple carried out a £ 3 miullion project to transform Frogmore Cottage from five expired former staff objects
& # 39; These specific changes are currently being dealt with by the city council to prevent action being taken. & # 39;
The plans for the first renovation were approved by the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Council in December after asking permission for & # 39; internal and external works & # 39; and & # 39; associated landscaping & # 39 ;.
But there was no further information on the council's planning page at that time, just a comment that it was & # 39; sensitive information & # 39; so that documents would not be made public.
However, the couple's latest project started about three weeks ago and is expected to be completed later this summer. Frogmore Cottage was built in the 18th century for Queen Charlotte, the consort of King George III.
Queen Charlotte used the building as a country retreat for herself and her unmarried daughters. Queen Victoria had breakfast in the cottage in 1875 and said it was a place with an & # 39; immense number of frogs & # 39 ;.
Kensington Palace and the municipality have both been approached for comment. Each building is covered by the Sovereign Grant – funded by the taxpayer – while the couple will pay for the furniture.
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