Public Paid £2.4m To Renovate Meghan Markle And Prince Harry's Frogmore Cottage

Olivia Blair
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From ELLE

The refurbishment of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's new home, Frogmore Cottage in the grounds of Windsor Castle, has cost the taxpayer £2.4m, royal accounts reveal.

The sum of the money required was published today by Buckingham Palace. Each year, the royal family release the Sovereign Grant Report which details the funding provided 'to support the official duties of the Queen and maintain the Occupied Royal Palaces'.

In total, for 2018-19, £82.m was spent on this area, which the report says equates to £1.24 per person in the UK.

Of that sum, £24.m was spent on Meghan and Harry's move from Kensington Palace into Frogmore Cottage, which they completed last year ahead of welcoming their first child, Archie Harrison.

The 18th century Grade-II listed house, close to Windsor Castle, required extensive renovation to make it habitable for the new family.

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The money was mainly used to convert the existing 'five residential units' into one bigger home for the Sussex family. Work started on the property in November 2018 and was completed in March, the report says.

The work included replacing defective wooden ceiling beams and floor joists, updating old heating systems and installing gas and water mains, reports the BBC.

Any other decoration or refurbishments beyond the essentials and basics were paid for by the couple themselves, who celebrated their wedding reception in the grounds of their new home back in 2018.


Elsewhere, the report revealed there were 3,200 official engagements undertaken by members of the family both in the UK and overseas. The most expensive trip was made by Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall when they flew to the Caribbean for a historic visit to Cuba, which cost £417,000.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's October 2018 tour to Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga cost £81,000.


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