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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Home Renovation Cost Taxpayers $3 Million

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Home Renovation Cost Taxpayers $3 Million

Queen Elizabeth II Marks The Fiftieth Anniversary Of The Investiture Of The Prince of Wales

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s Frogmore Cottage has been renovated with $3 million of taxpayers’ money, royal accounts have revealed.

Harry and Meghan’s country residence, close to Windsor Castle, underwent major work to turn five properties back into a single home for the couple and their baby son Archie – with all fittings and fixtures privately paid for by the duke and duchess.

It is likely they installed a luxury kitchen and bathroom and it has reportedly been designed by the couple with dining and entertaining in mind and with extra bedrooms to accommodate guests, like the duchess’ mother Doria Ragland.

Queen Elizabeth II Marks The Fiftieth Anniversary Of The Investiture Of The Prince of Wales
Britain’s Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, (L) and Britain’s Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (R) attend a reception to mark the 50th Anniversary of the investiture of The Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace in London on March 5, 2019. – The Queen hosted a reception to mark the Fiftieth Anniversary of the investiture of Britain’s Prince Charles, her son, as the Prince of Wales. Prince Charles was created The Prince of Wales aged 9 on July 26th 1958 and was formally invested with the title by Her Majesty The Queen on July 1st 1969 at Caernarfon Castle.

“The property had not been subject of work for some years and had already been earmarked for renovation in line with out responsibility to maintain the condition of the occupied royal palaces estate,” said Michael Stevens, the Keeper of the Privy Purse.

“Outdated infrastructure was replaced to guarantee the long term future of the property,” he said as the royal household published the annual Sovereign Grant report which details official income and expenditure of Queen Elizabeth and her household.

Queen Elizabeth II Marks The Fiftieth Anniversary Of The Investiture Of The Prince of Wales
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend a reception to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the investiture of the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace on March 5, 2019 in London, England.

The 19th century Frogmore Cottage, in the grounds of the queen’s Windsor Castle estate, became the official residence of Harry and Meghan when they moved in shortly before the birth of their first child, Archie, in May.

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The building had been previously converted into five separate residences and royal officials had already planned to renovate it before it was agreed that it would become the residence of Harry and Meghan.

The six-month refurbishment included new electrical wiring, replacement of defective ceiling beams and floor joists, new heating systems and the introduction of new gas and water mains.

Queen Elizabeth II Marks The Fiftieth Anniversary Of The Investiture Of The Prince of Wales
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend a reception to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the investiture of the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace on March 5, 2019 in London, England.

A palace source, speaking on condition of anonymity said the taxpayer grant covered the basic cost for kitchens, bathrooms, and flooring with additional outlays for something more bespoke being met privately by the royals who also paid for items such as curtains and furnishings.

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