Revealed: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Frogmore Cottage Renovations Cost Queen Elizabeth $3 Million
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s new family home is almost ready! After months of renovations, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expected to move into Frogmore Cottage (which is located just down the road from Windsor Castle) ahead of their firstborn’s arrival. According to reports, said renovations cost Queen Elizabeth a pretty penny. That’s right — Her Majesty foot the bill for the project and it reportedly set her back around $3 million.
Take a closer look at the Frogmore Cottage renovations, including its most recent $65,000 upgrade, ahead.
Frogmore Cottage renovation
Much like many of their other royal residences, Frogmore Cottage was a gift from Queen Elizabeth. The estate home was originally used as housing for Windsor Castle staff and, therefore, split into five separate units. To turn it into Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s dream family home, the couple had to enlist contractors to knock walls down and renovate many facets of the structure.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s new home is much bigger than their current two-bedroom abode at Kensington Palace. Some reports suggest the home has 10 rooms and others say it’s less than that. According to Page Six, the home has five bedrooms. Nonetheless, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s new home is complete with a master bedroom, gym and yoga studio, nursery for Baby Sussex, and a guest room for Meghan Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland. On top of that, it likely includes an office so that the duke and duchess can get work down from home.
Like any renovation, the Frogmore Cottage update has had its ups and downs. One issue the couple have faced it the aircraft noise from the nearby Heathrow Airport. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex allegedly opted for $65,000 soundproofing to diffuse the racket. According to The Mirror, 14 flights pass by the home every half hour — many of which are just one mile above the home (some come as close as 1,800 feet). To soundproof their home, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are reportedly using triple-glazed windows, which can not only reduce noise but also prevent heat loss — something they will need during the cooler months.
In addition to the soundproofing windows, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have allegedly also spent around $66,000 on a green energy unit. The eco-friendly unit will supply Frogmore Cottage with heat and hot water as well as electricity.
How does Queen Elizabeth afford it?
Queen Elizabeth receives income in a few ways, including the Sovereign Grant, a sum of money funded by British taxpayers. And, according to the reports, she used money from the grant to cover costs for the Frogmore Cottage renovation.
That said, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle had to chip in for some changes. Said changes are unknown, but it’s likely that the queen’s money only covered structural renovations — which is what the Sovereign Grant is for — and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex covered the more cosmetic changes.
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