Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s House Renovations: All the Details, Including How Much It Costs

As Prince Harry and Meghan Markle prepare for the arrival of Baby Sussex, the couple are having their Frogmore Cottage home renovated. Will the renovations be finished by the time the baby is born, however? The project has hit some delays and with the baby’s arrival quickly approaching, they might be cutting things close.

Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (R) and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex leave after attending a Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey in central London, on March 11, 2019. - Britain's Queen Elizabeth II has been the Head of the Commonwealth throughout her reign. Organised by the Royal Commonwealth Society, the Service is the largest annual inter-faith gathering in the United Kingdom.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle | BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images

The couple are facing delays on their home improvements

As home renovation projects go, there have been some delays in getting all of the pieces completed. While the couple was expected to move into Frogmore Cottage this week, things have been delayed another four weeks. With the due date coming up this spring, it’s definitely a race to get things buttoned up in time.

A source told The Sun: “it’s been all hands to the pump. The builders have worked all week whatever the weather. But they keep making changes, particularly on the layout.”

The source further noted: “The word is they’ve been quite demanding, which is understandable as what homeowner doesn’t want their house to be perfect?”

The insider added:  “Given the scale of the project, a three or four-week delay isn’t too bad. The couple are pleased with how it’s all going.”

What renovations are being done to Frogmore Cottage?

Their new house is undergoing significant improvements, including the addition of a yoga studio and a reported “elaborate Gone With the Wind-style double staircase,” as well as new fireplaces in the “principal rooms,” a kitchen dining area, alcove bookcases, and vanity units, the Daily Mail reports.

Additionally, security will be boosted to “Fort Knox” levels. According to The Sun, they are also soundproofing the entire home as it’s located near Heathrow Airport, so the noise of the passing jets certainly creates a disturbance, especially with their new baby.

Frogmore Cottage was previously broken up into 20 apartments for royal staff but has been converted to five bedrooms.

How much do the Frogmore Cottage renovations cost?

With so much work to be done to Frogmore Cottage, it’s estimated that the cost falls between $2.5 and $3.8 million. Of course, there’s the debate over who is paying for the home improvements, with the Daily Mail reporting that the building work costs will be covered by the Sovereign Grant, and Harry and Markle will pay for the fixtures, appliances, furniture, and soundproofing.

The Sun’s royal correspondent, Emily Andrews, tweeted about the home being a gift from the Queen, noting in a Twitter post: “Instead the Queen has given them Frogmore Cottage in Windsor. It’s within the private Home Park and faces the beautiful grounds of Frogmore House. It’s where they had their private evening wedding party & where their gorgeous engagement pictures were shot.”

When is Meghan Markle’s due date?

While it’s unclear when the baby will arrive, the big day will be coming soon, based on comments Markle has made recently. Without explicitly revealing a date, Markle has shared some vague details, such as during a visit to Birkenhead, when asked when she was having the baby, she noted, “end of April, early May.”

The Frogemore Cottage renovations might not be completed in time but no worries, Harry and Markle will have a place to live, as they’ve reportedly been offered an apartment at Buckingham Palace until their home is ready.