Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Reportedly Start Repayments on Frogmore Cottage

Caroline Hallemann
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From House Beautiful

When Harry and Meghan announced this past winter that, moving forward, they would be splitting their time between the UK and North America, they made it clear that they would continue their use of Frogmore Cottage in Windsor,"so that their family will always have a place to call home in the United Kingdom."

The couple had moved into the cottage on the Frogmore Estate in the spring of 2019, just a few weeks before baby Archie arrived. The property had undergone a renovation to make it habitable for the family, and part of the construction was paid for by funds from the Sovereign Grant, "reflecting the Monarchy’s responsibility to maintain the upkeep of buildings with historical significance."

In January, when Harry and Meghan outlined their plan for post-working royal life on the Sussex Royal website, they included the following passage in the funding section: "Frogmore Cottage will continue to be the property of Her Majesty the Queen. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will continue to use Frogmore Cottage – with the permission of Her Majesty The Queen – as their official residence as they continue to support the Monarchy."

Their continued occupation of Frogmore Cottage was later confirmed by a statement from Buckingham Palace, which noted that, "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 UK family home."

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Now, the Mail on Sunday is reporting that the Sussexes' repayment process has begun, but a Buckingham Palace spokesman told T&C they would not disclose details of any agreement, and a representative for the Sussexes would not comment on the couple's personal finances.

In total, the refurbishments made to Frogmore Cottage before Harry and Meghan moved in cost approximately £2.4 million ($3.05 million).

According to Victoria Murphy, who reported on the renovation for Town & Country last year, "While £2.4 million of structural work on Frogmore was paid for with the public funds, Harry and Meghan paid for their own furniture and interior decoration."

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