As many people know, Meghan Markle was born and brought up in Los Angeles. Then the American star’s work took her to Toronto, where she shot Suits. Now, however, she’s ditched North America altogether. But perhaps Meghan still carries a torch for her old Canadian digs – and after looking at where she once lived, it wouldn’t be hard to see why…
Of course, Meghan – or the Duchess of Sussex, to give her her proper title – has become a member of the British royal family and so has chosen to reside in the U.K. Still, even though the one-time Suits star now has a handsome prince by her side, she has had to make sacrifices in order to join one of the most talked-about clans in the world.
Naturally, Meghan has had to move across the pond to marry Prince Harry; she also had to quit her Instagram account. In addition, the duchess chose to be baptised into another religion and abide by specific protocol on dress and behavior. And that’s not to forget that she has also given up her career as an actress.
But there’s yet another thing that Meghan has had to leave behind after marrying Harry: her former Toronto crash pad. What’s more, the townhouse that she used to call home has since gone on the market, and it’s a savvy – albeit costly – purchase for any mega-fan of the royals.
How expensive is the property? Well, it reportedly went on sale for a cool $1,395,000 CAD ($1,067,000 USD). And evidently that wasn’t too high a price to pay for one lucky buyer, as the Toronto home has subsequently been snapped up. But what lies behind the house’s facade?
Fortunately, avid royal watchers and the intensely curious can find out exactly how Meghan lived back in Toronto, as pictures of her old home at 10 Yarmouth Road have been put online. And the snaps not only give the world a peek into the duchess’ previous living quarters, but they may also offer a glimpse of her personal taste in fittings and furnishings.
So, what does a house fit for a future royal look like? Well, the photos of her Toronto abode in Ontario’s capital show a space replete with muted tones and some cosy throws. There’s a notable gray and white palette throughout too – a suitably tasteful combination of colors for the famously elegant former actress.
It’s not all monochrome features, though, as the dining area boasts both beige curtains and a gold mirror – not to mention a rather striking piece of modern art and that metallic model of a galloping horse. The open-plan concept also lends the space a light and airy feel.
And judging by the kitchen’s stark white walls, Meghan seemingly prefers a slick but simple approach to interior design. Perhaps the surfaces were once spattered with spaghetti sauce as the actress whipped up a meal for her friends; if that was ever the case, though, there’s no signs of any stains now.
And it’s not difficult to imagine Meghan having chatted with Harry over morning coffee while they sat on these two stools. That huge fridge could even have once stocked some of the prince’s favorite treats – although he may just have snacked on something from that fruitbowl instead.
Certainly, if Harry ever did visit Meghan at the house, the pair had more than enough room to roam around in. And as the spacious property has two bathrooms, the future husband and wife may well have avoided all of those arguments about who gets to take a shower first in the morning.
There’s also three bedrooms at 10 Yarmouth Road, but this one is arguably the most impressive of the trio. The space is understated yet with a touch of luxury – plus plenty of natural light from the big windows. All in all, then, it’s a great place to catch up on some beauty sleep.
And Meghan may have whiled away several hours chilling in the tub or washing off her stage makeup in this tasteful bathroom. The décor is on point here too, with the gray-and-white marble appearance of the tiles providing a simple but stunning contrast to the more industrial-looking black fittings.
By contrast, the smaller shower room is overwhelmingly white in hue – keeping the space bright despite the tiny window. But while the area certainly seems functional enough, it hardly appears to be fit for a future duchess. Still, Meghan’s likely now washing up in somewhat grander surroundings…
At least the basement is a plush one – and remarkably well-lit too. In fact, it seems to be an ideal space in which to entertain any guests that may swing by. We can’t see Meghan shooting games of pool down here, though; perhaps she treated visitors to sneak previews of Suits episodes instead.
However, Meghan may have just used the extra square footage to store her stuff; it’d certainly make for one massive walk-in wardrobe for all her enviable outfits. Plus, the handy storage under the stairs could provide additional overflow shelf space if there isn’t enough elsewhere.
And the house’s subdued style extends to its exterior too; from the outside, you’d probably never guess that a bona fide royal had ever lived here. The yard is fairly basic to boot. Still, given that Meghan appears to be rather down-to-earth herself, it may be somewhat fitting.
At least there’s abundant room to throw parties and host outdoor gatherings to the rear of 10 Yarmouth Road. The evergreens inject a brighter note into the scene too – and that’s something that may be welcome in a Canadian winter.
Plus, the lucky new owner of the home now gets to boast that they live in the Duchess of Sussex’s former pad – even if Meghan did only rent the dwelling. And, of course, they can host some very fortunate friends and family themselves, especially with those bragging rights.
Naturally, though, Meghan has since moved on to pastures new – specifically, the altogether grander environs of Kensington Palace in London. But she likely holds happy memories of her life in Toronto; perhaps she’s even decorated Nottingham Cottage with a few mementos of her time at 10 Yarmouth Road.