Princess Beatrice has given Harry and Meghan permission to be photographed at the late Queen’s cottage in Wales

Princess Beatrice has given the Duke and Duchess of Sussex permission to film inside Queen Wendy’s massive home at Windsor Castle for the Harry & Meghan Netflix series.

His name was Y Bwthyn Bach, and it was the sixth birthday of Princess Elizabeth of Wales in 1932.

In 2010, Her Majesty passed guardianship of the house to her granddaughter Princess Beatrice, who oversaw a year-long renovation before inviting journalist Andrew Marr inside for his three-part BBC series The Diamond Queen in 2012, the first time television cameras had been allowed. by entering.

The 34-year-old is one of the few royals still in contact with the Sussexes, and it’s understood he gave them the nod for bringing the cameras inside.

Princess Beatrice has given the Duke and Duchess of Sussex permission to take cameras inside Queen Wendy’s massive home at Windsor Castle for the Harry & Meghan Netflix series. Above: a photo from the series showing the couple at the cottage

The cottage, named Y Bwthyn Bach, was a sixth birthday present for Princess Elizabeth of Wales in 1932. Above: Princess Elizabeth is seen outside the cottage in June 1936, when she was 10 years old.

The cottage, named Y Bwthyn Bach, was a sixth birthday present for Princess Elizabeth of Wales in 1932. Above: Princess Elizabeth is seen outside the cottage in June 1936, when she was 10 years old.

But it is unclear if she was aware of the exact nature of what was depicted.

One of the photos from the Netflix series, which appears to have been professionally taken, shows the Duke and Duchess of Sussex laughing as they sit in children’s chairs drinking from their tea set.

Princess Elizabeth was given the two-storey cottage called Y Bwthyn Bach or The Little House by Welsh people for her sixth birthday in 1932.

It had electric lighting, running water, furniture, and even a working telephone.

Elizabeth and her sister Margaret adored the house and took care of it themselves. It was never open to the public.

Away from the general view on the south side of Windsor’s Royal Lodge gardens, the whitewashed cottage was described by Beatrice as ‘the most charming Wendy’s house ever’.

The building, which is 24 feet long by eight feet deep and its rooms five feet high, was designed by architect Edmund Wilmot, who had earlier built a smaller house for his daughter to play in.

It was intended as a symbol of the love and fascination of the Welsh people for the little princess who, at that point, did not expect to become queen. Her uncle, King Edward VIII, abdicated after four years in 1936, passing the crown to Elizabeth’s father, George VI.

The mining communities in the Welsh valleys suffered more from unemployment than any other part of Britain during the depression, and the house, built exclusively by Welsh laborers and from Welsh materials left over from Llandov Hospital, was a poignant reminder of the workforce in desperation. .

It was also designed as a link between the two privileged princesses and those who lived in typical Welsh cottages.

It afforded the sisters the chance to play at maintaining an ordinary home—although it was far more luxurious than the vast majority of family homes at the time.

A typical Welsh cottage design has been followed for the interior. The front door opens into a small hallway with the kitchen to the right and the “siamber fach” or little room to the left.

The staircase gives access to a bedroom and bathroom which were very modern when first built, with hot and cold running water, hot towel rail and electricity.

The Queen's granddaughter, Beatrice, described the cottage as

The Queen’s granddaughter, Beatrice, described the cottage as “the most wonderful house that ever existed”. Above: Beatrice at the cottage with journalist Andrew Marr in the 2012 series The Diamond Queen

The contents included a small radio, a small oak cabinet, and a miniature collection of blue and gold china. A linen with the initial “E” and a portrait of the Queen’s mother, the Duchess of York, hung above the dining-room mantel.

A bookcase filled with little Beatrix Potter books, including Jemima Puddleduck, ensures that girls never get bored.

Coffered windows, blue-and-white drapes, blue rugs, and white walls complete the décor.

The home also has pots, pans, food cans, brooms, a can of Epsom salts and a wireless license, all made to order and expand. In the kitchen, there was a working gas cooker and refrigerator.

There was even a small working phone. The house also had its own front garden with small hedges and flower borders.

Over the years, the Queen’s children played in the house, and finally her grandchildren.

He holds a special place in the hearts of all royal children, but Beatrice was particularly enamored of him, who, as a child, added a selection of her own teddy bears to the living room sofa.

She oversaw its entire renovation over the course of a year, which is believed to have been paid for by her father, the Duke of York, who has resided at the Royal Lodge since 2004.

In the first episode of The Diamond Queen, the Princess is seen showing the results to Mar.

Under Beatrice’s direction, new draperies and tapestries were put up, the paint was renewed, the roof was rearranged and the cottage reconnected.

The original blue color scheme has been replaced by pale green sofa covers and cream curtains with small dark pink flowers.

It comes as Jacinda Ardern yesterday issued a statement about other Netflix docuseries presented by Harry and Meghan, with New Zealand’s prime minister saying she was unaware of the couple’s involvement when she agreed to take part.

Live To Lead will celebrate “inspirational leaders” throughout history. This includes Ms Ardern – who appears in a teaser trailer released yesterday and leads a country where King Charles III is presiding.

Jacinda Ardern yesterday released a statement about other Netflix docuseries presented by Harry and Meghan, with New Zealand's prime minister saying she was unaware of the couple's involvement when she agreed to take part.  Above, Ms Ardern and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in 2018

Jacinda Ardern yesterday released a statement about other Netflix docuseries presented by Harry and Meghan, with New Zealand’s prime minister saying she was unaware of the couple’s involvement when she agreed to take part. Above, Ms Ardern and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in 2018

The seven-part documentary was produced by New Zealand production company Blackwell & Ruth in association with the Nelson Mandela Foundation and Sussexes production company, Archewell.

While the couple is listed as executive producers, Ms. Ardern’s office issued a statement in response to questions from reporters that made it clear that her involvement had nothing to do with the duke and duchess.

The statement said: ‘In early March 2019, the Mandela Foundation approached the Prime Minister to participate in a project to develop accessible resources on key attributes of leadership aimed at aspiring young leaders around the world, based on a one-hour interview.

Originally we were notified that the outputs would be print, digital books, short films and audiobooks.

Interview conducted on November 8, 2019. In March 2020, a short book titled Jacinda Ardern (I Know It’s Right) based on the interview was published. Other participants whose contributions have also been published based on their interviews include the late US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, feminist Gloria Steinem, climate activist Greta Thunberg and US basketball player Stephen Curry.

In March 2021, the Nelson Mandela Foundation informed the Prime Minister’s Office that they had reached an agreement with Netflix to broadcast the interview series, including a 2019 interview with the prime minister.

The couple with Ms Ardern visiting a guidebook during their 2018 tour

The couple with Ms Ardern visiting a guidebook during their 2018 tour

In May this year the Prime Minister’s Office was notified that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex would be presenting the series; Noting that this was nearly two and a half years after the interview was recorded and that permission for its use by the Mandela Foundation had already been given.

“All communications throughout have been with the Foundation (there were no communications with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in relation to the project).”

The Duchess of Sussex and Ms. Ardern sparked a friendship during Harry and Meghan’s royal tour of New Zealand in 2018. Meghan was pregnant at the time and Ms. Ardern later spoke of how impressed she was with her stamina.

She said: “Pregnancy is often a stressful time but the way you gave her everything was amazing. She is an amazing woman and a pleasure to get to know her.

Meanwhile, Finding Freedom – a biography of the duke and duchess released in 2020 – alleged that Ms Ardern sent Meghan flower arrangements following the birth of her son Archie.

The Daily Mail reported on then-Princess Elizabeth's cottage when it was featured on the Perfect Home show

The Daily Mail reported on then-Princess Elizabeth’s cottage when it was featured on the Perfect Home show

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