THE Duke and Duchess of Sussex are reportedly moving out of their Cotswolds home after just over a year.

Harry and Meghan, who are expecting their first child in April, moved into a former farmhouse in Tew in the run up to their wedding last May and are understood to spend most weekends there, escaping busy royal life at Kensington Palace where they live in Nottingham Cottage.

But reports in the national press suggest the couple are leaving the £2.5 million home early, cancelling their two year lease, as they prepare to move from London to Frogmore Cottage on the Queen’s Windsor estate in the spring.

The luxury Cotswold home is on the vast Great Tew Estate eight miles from Chipping Norton. The Daily Mail reports the decision was taken after Meghan’s pregnancy was announced in October, making the decision to stick to Windsor entirely for security reasons as the Tew estate is not heavily guarded like other permanent royal residences. But another source suggests the reason for leaving is due to the couple struggling to pay the upkeep of two properties. This is because, reports say, Harry, 34, and Meghan, 37, pay for all fixtures and fittings themselves.

The 18th century property is described as a Cotswolds bolthole, which more than a decade ago comprised a pair of decaying buildings for cattle, along with unusable stables and barns, and a burnt out farmhouse. It was later transformed into a stunning county retreat.

The Daily Mail claims locals have been “less than happy” at the attention the pair have brought with local residents worried about the added strain on local police resources to guard the home.