Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Are Paying for Their Frogmore Cottage Renovations
They're paying rent on it, too.
Back in January, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry promised to pay the Sovereign Grant back for the renovations they made to Frogmore Cottage in Windsor. According to People, the former senior royals have started the repayment process, which will see them returning about $3 million.
A Buckingham Palace spokesperson told People that details of the arrangement would not be made public and a spokesperson for the Sussexes confirmed, opting not to issue a statement on the matter.
Harry and Meghan came under fire when they announced that they'd be stepping away from royal life and many critics pointed to the renovations as a point of contention. The money for the renovations came from British taxpayers by way of the Sovereign Grant.
Mail on Sundayexplained that in addition to paying back the cost of renovations — a process that could take more than a decade — Meghan and Harry will also continue to pay rent for Frogmore, which will remain their home when the couple is in the United Kingdom.
"The enhanced rent costs them around $22,000 a month," People notes.
The Sussexes moved to Frogmore in April 2019. Before the renovations, it was used as staff quarters. Harry and Meghan were living in Frogmore when Archie was born.
Earlier, Buckingham Palace released a statement on the issue of Frogmore, confirming that Meghan and Harry would indeed pay back the money they'd used from the Sovereign Grant.
"The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have shared their wish to repay Sovereign Grant expenditure for the refurbishment of Frogmore Cottage, which will remain their U.K. family home," the statement read.