Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were urged by MPs in Britain to pay back the millions spent renovating their Windsor home after it was revealed the couple signed a lucrative £75million deal with streaming platform giant, Netflix. A spokesman for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced the move this afternoon.
How did Prince Harry and Meghan Markle pay back £2.4m Forgmore Cottage?
A spokesman for Meghan and Harry said in a statement: “A contribution has been made to the Sovereign Grant by The Duke of Sussex.
“This contribution, as originally offered by Prince Harry, has fully covered the necessary renovation costs of Frogmore Cottage, a property of Her Majesty The Queen, and will remain the UK residence of The Duke and his family.”
The Grade-II listed Frogmore Cottage in Windsor was gifted to the couple by the Queen on their wedding day.
However, since Harry and Meghan moved to Los Angeles with their son, Archie, the house has remained empty.
Meghan and Harry undoubtedly paid the costs of renovating Frogmore Cottage back through their own funds.
The couple have their own money through a series of private ventures and projects, so they will likely have used the money to pay back taxpayer costs of doing the house up.
Harry and Meghan likely felt it was necessary amid rising pressure not just from MPs, but from British people.
Originally, the couple were said to be paying rent of £18,000 a month to keep their UK home, in case they were ever to return to Britain.
The Prince of Wales helped Meghan and Harry get to California when they stepped down as senior royals in March.
Harry and Meghan recently took out a £9.5million mortgage on a home in the affluent Montecito, a neighbourhood of Santa Barbara, causing some to ask questions.
The couple live in the home with their son, Archie, and have a host of A-List neighbours including Ellen DeGeneres and Oprah Winfrey.
The Duke of Sussex had previously clashed with the Royal Family over money after marrying Meghan in 2018.
According to Finding Freedom, a biography about Meghan and Harry written by Carolyn Durant and Omid Scobie, said the Duchy of Cornwall “controlled the purse strings”.
Finding Freedom claims: “The brothers sometimes had to vie for additional funds for projects from their father, who also helped cover expenses related to Camilla and some of those for his sons (including Kate and Meghan’s wardrobes).
“‘They actually genuinely haver to debate who gets what amount of money from their father to fund their projects’, an aide said.
“‘Add in the fact there is an inherent hierarchy and that is really tricky’.”
Published at Mon, 07 Sep 2020 16:14:00 +0000