Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Are Officially Off the Hook for Their $3.1 Million Frogmore Cottage Renovations
Money has been one of the biggest issues surrounding Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry since they stepped down from their roles as senior royals. Fans want to know how they will make money as private citizens. There is also been outcry over the $3.1 million British taxpayers spent to renovate Frogmore Cottage. Harry and Meghan have just put those issues to rest since signing a multi-million-dollar deal with Netflix. They also paid back the Sovereign Grant fund and severed all ties with Britain’s public purse.
The Frogmore Cottage renovations were a point of contention in the British press
As royal fans remember, Queen Elizabeth gifted Frogmore Cottage at Windsor to Harry and Meghan when they tied the knot in May 2018. It was supposed to be their royal home when they officially became the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
As Hello! notes, Harry and Meghan reportedly spent $3.1 million (£2.4 million) on renovations. But, just 18 months after their wedding day, the couple announced their plans to step down as senior royals. The duke and duchess then fled to Canada with their son Archie Harrison.
Harry and Meghan explained in their Megxit announcement that one of their goals was to be financially independent. However, they did not share how they planned to earn millions of dollars so they could continue the lifestyle they were accustomed to.
At the same time, the couple’s critics were vocal in the UK press about Harry and Meghan being held accountable for paying back the money used for the Frogmore Cottage renovations.
Frogmore Cottage will still be Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s official UK residence
After Harry and Meghan reportedly signed a multi-year, nine-figure deal with Netflix, the couple officially covered the renovation costs for Frogmore Cottage. A spokesperson for the duke and duchess confirmed the news in a statement.
“A contribution has been made to the Sovereign Grant by The Duke of Sussex,” the statement read. “This contribution as originally offered by Prince Harry has fully covered the necessary renovation costs of Frogmore Cottage, a property of Her Majesty The Queen, and will remain the UK residence of the Duke and his family.”
Until now, Harry and Meghan were paying off the $3.1 million with monthly payments of $23,400. At that rate, it would have taken them eleven years to pay back British taxpayers.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle want to end unjustified ‘public interest’ in their new lives in America
Six months after the official “Megxit” of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the UK press has continued their relentless coverage. The Sussexes have not made any official public appearances amid the pandemic. But photographers are still trying every trick in the book to capture images of the couple and their son.
Harry and Meghan recently purchased a home in the exclusive area of Montecito, California. An insider claims that they are no longer receiving any money from the Prince of Wales and they are completely on their own financially.
Their goal is to end the British media’s interest in their new lives. They hope that paying off Frogmore Cottage will help them achieve that goal.
Still, they face plenty of scrutiny for every choice they make. The couple recently canceled a fundraiser for injured veterans after signing their Netflix deal. Which led to tabloids accusing Meghan and Harry of putting their own financial interests ahead of fundraising for those in need.