How Much Does Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Frogmore Cottage Renovation Cost and Who Is Paying for It?
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have new digs. Ahead of their due date, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have plans to move away from their Kensington Palace abode and into a 10-room home, tucked away in the privacy of Windsor estate. But, the royal mansion called for a massive renovation before it is deemed liveable by the Sussex family. Who paid for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Frogmore Cottage renovation? It certainly didn’t come out of the duke and duchess’s bank account.
Find out who covered renovation costs for the fixer-upper, plus other details about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Windsor home, ahead.
Frogmore Cottage renovation
Right now, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are living in Nottingham Cottage, a small home on the grounds of Kensington Palace where the Prince once lived as a bachelor. But, now with a royal baby on the way, the two have outgrown the humble abode.
Originally, the parents-to-be had plans to move into an apartment in Kensington Palace’s main living quarters — right down the way from Prince William and Kate Middleton, who live in a 20-room, four story apartment. But, the couple changed their mind late last year and decided to pack up for the countryside instead.
Some speculate that the reason for the change in plans stems from a rumored feud between Prince William and Prince Harry. However, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have expressed that they want a more normal, private life for their children, which is reason enough to move away from the hustle and bustle of London and the royal family’s headquarters.
It was a gift from the queen
Much like their other homes, Frogmore Cottage was a gift to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle from Queen Elizabeth. The space is not too far from Windsor Castle, where Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth spend much of their time in their old age.
It was staff housing
When Prince Harry and Meghan Markle accepted the queen’s offer, they knew that it would require a ton of work. The estate was originally housing for Windsor staff and, therefore, split into five separate units. To turn it into a luxury home — complete with 10 rooms — walls needed to be knocked down among many other fixer-upper renovations (where are Chip and Joanna Gaines when you need them?).
There are plans for a yoga studio and home gym
Meghan Markle is an avid yogi and Prince Harry keeps active at the gym, so it should come of no surprise that the two planned to turn one of the rooms into a gym and yoga studio.
Baby Sussex’s nursery has eucalyptus-infused paint
Baby Sussex will also get his or her own space. The Duchess of Sussex has allegedly been busy with her firstborn’s nursery renovation. She even requested eucalyptus-infused paint for the room and gender neutral decor so that she can add pops of blue or pink once the royal baby arrives.
Meghan Markle’s mother will have her own room
It’s no secret that Meghan Markle and her mother, Doria Ragland are ultra-close. Rumor has it, the royal mother-in-law — who lives in Los Angeles, California — has plans to stay with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to help them adjust to life with baby. She even has her own room at the Windsor estate home.
Who paid for the Frogmore Cottage renovation?
Frogmore Cottage allegedly requires a lot of work. And, the changes to Frogmore Cottage cost a lot of money (some suggest somewhere between $2.5 and $3.8 million). Who paid for the Frogmore cottage renovation? The queen’s Sovereign Grant — a sum of money funded by British taxpayers — covers the cost. However, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle must chip in for certain changes.
The Sovereign Grant covers upkeep and renovation on certain homes operated by The Crown. But, all of the home design and decor — including light fixtures, appliances, and, of course, furniture — must be covered by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
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