- Meghan Markle and Prince Harry (opens in new tab) have reportedly started paying back the cost of renovations at Frogmore Cottage, their U.K. home, as they pledged to do after stepping down as senior royals (opens in new tab).
- The cottage was renovated for the Sussexes at a cost of about $2.9 million, paid for by the taxpayer-funded Sovereign Grant.
- Meghan and Harry (opens in new tab) will pay about $22,000 a month, the Times reports.
When they announced their decision to step down as senior members of the Royal Family (opens in new tab), Meghan Markle and Prince Harry pledged to become financially independent, and pay back the £2.4 million (about $2.9 million) spent by the taxpayer-funded Sovereign Grant on renovating their U.K. home, Frogmore Cottage. And the couple have stayed true to their word: As the Times of London reports (opens in new tab), the Sussexes have started paying £18,000 a month (about $22,000) for Frogmore.
Meghan and Harry are paying "enhanced rent," according to the Times, meaning that £18,000 incorporates both rent for Frogmore Cottage—which was initially a rent-free wedding gift from the Queen—and an added sum to contribute towards the renovations bill. It's not clear exactly how much the couple are paying for rent, and how much they're directing towards repayment.
A post shared by The Duke and Duchess of Sussex (@sussexroyal) (opens in new tab)
A photo posted by on
In their January announcement (opens in new tab), the Sussexes stated their intention to "step back as 'senior' members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent." A subsequent statement (opens in new tab) from Buckingham Palace read, "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."
Meghan Markle's Most Iconic Fashion Moments
March 9, 2020
March 5, 2020
October 25, 2019
October 22, 2019
Meghan Markle arrives to the One Young World Summit in an Aritzia dress paired with Manolo Blahnik pumps (opens in new tab).
September 25, 2019
Meghan and Archie step out for Archie's first royal engagement during the tour in South Africa. She wore a Club Monaco dress and a pair of Jennifer Meyer turquoise earrings (opens in new tab).
September 23, 2019
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex visit District 6 Museum in Cape Town, South Africa. Meghan wore a Veronica Beard blue button-down dress and Castañer espadrilles (opens in new tab).
September 12, 2019
The Duchess Of Sussex attends the launch of the Smart Works Capsule Collection, while wearing a Misha Nonoo button-down (opens in new tab) and wearing butterfly earrings and a cuff that once belonged to Princess Diana.
June 8, 2019
Meghan Markle steps out for her first royal appearance since giving birth. She attends the 2019 Trooping the Colour with Prince Harry in a Givenchy dress and hat by Noelle Stewart.
February 24, 2019
The Duchess Of Sussex wore Dior head to toe and Birks earrings (opens in new tab) while visiting Morocco.
February 24, 2019
The Duke and Duchess arrive to the "Education For All" boarding house in Atlas Mountains in Morocco. Meghan wore an Alice and Olivia blazer and Birdies slippers (opens in new tab).
February 20, 2019
Meghan arrives at The Mark Hotel in New York City. She is seen wearing Cuyana Bag (opens in new tab), a