- Prince Harry and Meghan Markle spent £2.4 million ($US3 million) renovating their Frogmore Cottage home, paid for by the British taxpayer.
- The information was revealed in the royal family’s annual financial report, released on Tuesday.
- The report also revealed it cost $US103,000 to send the couple on their overseas tour of Fiji and Tonga last year.
- Meanwhile, a further $US19.3 million was kept aside for further works on Buckingham Palace’s 10-year renovation project.
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex‘s home renovations cost British taxpayers £2.4 million ($US3 million), the royal family has revealed.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry moved from Kensington Palace to Frogmore Cottage – a 10-bedroom mansion on the grounds of Windsor Castle – back in March.
$US3 million of the Queen’s Sovereign Grant was put towards a four-month renovation project of the property, which consisted of the “full refurbishment of five residential units in poor condition,” according to the Royal Household’s annual financial report, which was released on Tuesday.
The property, which was previously used as staff housing, is just a stone’s throw away from St George’s Chapel in Windsor, where the couple married in May 2018.
The Sun’s royal correspondent Emily Andrews reported in November that the refurbishment would include a new nursery for baby Archie, a gym, and a yoga studio. However, these claims were not confirmed in the report.
Frogmore Cottage wasn’t the only property to be refurbished, as a total of £32.9 million ($US42 million) was spent on reservicing royal properties in the past year.
£2.7 million ($US3.4 million) was used for the renovation of Buckingham Palace, which is currently in its second year of a $US482.5 million 10-year reservicing project.
The renovations largely took part in the east wing of the property, with members of the royal family and staff required to move out of the area to allow for the replacement of electrical and mechanical infrastructure, as well as the provision of new elevators.
£15.2 million ($US19.3 million) was transferred to the Sovereign Grant reserve to fund future phases of palace renovations.
This comes after an independent report concluded that without “urgent work” there would be a “risk of serious damage” to the palace through fire or water damage.
Meanwhile, the driveway of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s Kensington Palace home recieved a £1 million ($US1.2 million) resurface.
The report also revealed how much it costs to send Markle, Harry, and other members of the family overseas for official tours.
Harry and Markle’s working visit to Fiji and Tonga last year cost £81,000 ($US103,000) while Prince Charles and Camilla’s 12-day Caribbean tour came to a total of £417,000 ($US532,000).
In total, the royal family received £82.2 million ($US104 million) in funds from British taxpayers in the past year, which is the equivalent of £1.24 ($US1.58) per person in the UK.
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