Take interior design cues from the new royal parents and create a regal space for your new arrival
Prince Harry and Meghan have moved from Kensington Palace to Frogmore Cottage in Windsor and with that, we felt compelled to look into their nursery for their new home. We’re pretty nosey like that.
The Duchess of Sussex gave birth to a baby boy on 6 May named Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, and the Queen’s most recent great grandson can expect to be kept in serious comfort.
Meghan has previously described her interior style as: "Elegant, chic, modern, cosy and inviting". Judging from her previous homes (seen on her Instagram and blog, The Tig, before they were deleted) we can tell the Duchess favours a modern Scandi theme.
Wayfair’s resident style advisor, Nadia McCowan Hill says the look is becoming more popular with new parents. "Gone are the days of the standard pink or blue pops, replaced with a clean and cool palette of creams and greys, natural wood accents and soft, hand-woven textiles."
This snuggly simplicity makes for a perfect gender-neutral nursery. If you want to recreate something similar, aim for a stylish yet understated finish with a few whimsical touches.
Somewhere to keep the crown jewels
Personalised Star Toy Chest, £80, My 1st Years
Perfect for Meghan’s understated style, this stately storage solution will help to add the finishing family touches to the royal nursery. Made by My 1st Years, a brand who is already a firm favourite of Kate and William, it’s not hard to see why Meghan might love their bespoke personalised pieces. Surely there's nothing more regal than a monogrammed treasure chest? Just make it out to Archie, please.
A royal mascot – with fur!
Fuddlewuddle Lion, £18.50, Jellycat
A nursery wouldn’t be complete without toys and this stuffed lion is as cute as they come. Long associated with the crown throughout the history of the British monarchy, the animal features on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s official coat of arms and will be the ideal soft companion for a baby.
We can see this being a treasured possession for the little Prince already.
A small sofa
Sussex Sofa, £2,345, Dragons of Walton Street
A little something for baby Archie when he gets a bit bigger, this small-scale sofa is designed for children to sit on and looks incredibly cute in a playroom. Based in Knightsbridge, Dragons of Walton Street was the store that created Prince William’s nursery once upon a time so their royal provenance is impeccable.
The store has the perfectly named ‘Sussex Sofa’ that comes in a subtle colour range of grey, cream and stone – perfect tones for the Duchess and for the calming setting in the nursery.
A Scandi-chic nursing chair
Co-Ko Rocker, £795, Custard & Crumble
Available in a range of neutral tones to suit everything from modern to traditional schemes, this squishy rocking chair features a rustic walnut base and durable microsuede.
Ergonomically designed for all those sleepless nights, this cool comfy number adds a fashionable twist to the classic nursery. We can see it working perfectly in a contemporary space for the newest royal addition.
A super-soft sheepskin rug
Nuzzler rug, £75, Loaf
We love the sheepskin rugs Meghan used to accent her Toronto home, which would work beautifully in the nursery.
While the Duchess prefers classic white ones, we adore this chic grey one from Loaf.
A cool contemporary colour scheme
Dulux Cornflower White, from £6.40 per litre, B&Q
Meghan’s penchant for white in her former homes is well documented and what better for a modern nursery than this blue-toned shade of Cornflower White from Dulux. Teamed with a natural wooden side table and soft unfussy linen at the windows, we think Meghan would love this calming room.
Pared back storage baskets
Baskets, £125, Cox & Cox
The new mum is a fan of organic textures, so channel the look with a seagrass basket, perfect for the baby’s laundry!
These North African-style hand-woven baskets in grey and natural tones make a super stylish addition to a nursery.
A modern grey changing table
Sebra baby changing unit, £599, Little Homes
There's no way of skirting around it, even a royal baby needs changing. This pared-back unit in dark grey from Danish brand Sebra is the perfect addition to a muted, unisex nursery.
Make sure it's safe for tiny hands and fix the table securely to the wall with brackets.
Once your little one is out of nappies, the unit can even be converted into a stylish storage piece. Win-win!
Cheerful wall art
Giraffe Watercolour Painting, £11.69, MichelleDujardijnXS on Etsy
Meghan has always embraced statement art in her previous properties, so we reckon the royal nursery will feature some stand-out pieces.
Unlike Prince William and Kate, who opted for a Beatrice Potter theme in Prince George’s nursery, Harry and Meghan might choose a slightly quirkier style for their baby’s room.
They could opt for a safari animal theme to share their love of jet-setting with their newborn. This giraffe watercolour print gives a playful nod to the continent where the two fell in love, as well as adding a pop of colour to a minimalist scheme.
A Moses basket fit for a monarch
Royal Collection Palm Basket, £395, Blue Almonds
Meghan might take advice from her sister-in-law, Kate Middleton when it comes to picking the best Moses basket for her little one to rest its head.
The Duchess of Cambridge was spotted buying baby items from Blue Almonds, a baby boutique in Chelsea, ahead of the arrival of Prince George.
Among her purchases was the Royal Collection Palm Basket. The portable design means the new parents can put their baby down anywhere they choose – ideal if they’re busy with royal duties – while the decorative pillow and mattress ensure the little one will be extra snug.
A royal rocking chair
Royal Rocking Chair, £55, My 1st Years
As we already mentioned, Prince William and Kate’s children have all loved items from My 1st Years. Indeed the very dressing gown that Prince George was wearing when he met President Obama in 2016 was from there!
Perhaps Prince Harry will follow suit and invest in a few items, such as this adorable personalised chair.
Storage for a future bookworm
Spark book shelving, £79, MADE
As an avid reader, we're sure that Meghan’s new home is packed with an array of books and we bet she’ll be keen to pass on her passion.
This ombre shelving unit is the perfect way to introduce the joys of reading to your little one. Great for containing clutter, it can be lowered for easy access once they're old enough to explore on their own.
The perfect pram for a prince or princess
Marie-Chantal Sleepover Pram, £1,200, Silver Cross
While it's not necessarily kept in the nursery, every new mum needs one of these.
Silver Cross have been the royal family’s pram of choice for almost a century, so Meghan may well choose to follow suit and snap up this beautiful pram, designed in collaboration with Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece.
Baby's first blanket
Waffle Blanket, £32.90, Elodie Details
It’s never too early for the royal baby to start learning the importance of international relations!
This gorgeous waffle-weave blanket from Swedish brand Elodie Details helps regulate the baby’s temperature and is such a hit that it’s already used in royal circles. Carl Philip, the Prince of Sweden, wrapped his newborn in one.
Hydrangea Blanc, £16, Abigail Ahern
The Duchess used lots of greenery and flowers in her previous homes, so we’re sure the nursery will be no different. She's known to favour green stems and fresh white buds.
Keep your space safe and mess-free for your new arrival with these beautiful oh-so-realistic faux flowers from Abigail Ahern.
A statement rug
Tuppence runner, £165, Loaf
In Toronto, Meghan’s wooden floors were warmed with a striped runner, like this Herringbone creation from Loaf.
If you have wooden floors, a rug might add a welcome splash of colour and cosiness to a minimal nursery.
A magical mobile
Elephant Mobile, £14, JoJo Maman Bébé
We can just see Harry and Meghan sharing tales of their travels with their little one. This elephant mobile, in a patterned grey design, is sure to evoke memories of their time together on safari.
Crafted from wood, this simple but sweet addition will fit in well with a pared-back Scandi nursery room.
A Scandi-approved swing
Solvej Swing, £159.95, Scandiborn
Frogmore Cottage is hardly short of space, and the new nursery will no doubt be of excellent proportions.
With this in mind, we reckon a baby swing is a great way to finish off the royal nursery – it would certainly keep the little sprog out of trouble.
Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis will be desperate to come over and play!
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