Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Pay Back the British Taxpayers for Their Frogmore Cottage Renovations

The couple spent £2.4 million in public funds renovating the property.

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  • Multiple royal correspondents have confirmed that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (opens in new tab) have fully repaid the cost of their Frogmore Cottage renovations.
  • Critics of the couple have called on them to pay back British taxpayers for the £2.4 million in public funds that were used to update the Windsor property (opens in new tab) for the Sussexes.
  • Royal sources say Harry paid back the amount in full and repaid it voluntarily.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (opens in new tab) have faced a lot of criticism during their time as full-time working royals and since their royal exit earlier this year. One of the most consistent complaints from those who don't agree with the way the Sussexes have handled their roles with the royal family has been related to their Windsor home, Frogmore Cottage (opens in new tab).

Harry and Meghan ordered major renovations (opens in new tab) for the property when they moved there from Kensington Palace, to the tune of £2.4 million in public funds (opens in new tab). Especially since their royal exit, many have called on the couple to repay the money spent updating the home, which is no longer their primary residence (opens in new tab) since their move to the United States.

Today, a spokesperson for the Sussexes confirmed that Harry has paid back the full amount of public money spent on the renovations (opens in new tab). Royal correspondent Rebecca English (opens in new tab) shared the announcement in a series of tweets, writing:

"Breaking: Prince Harry announces he has paid back the £2.4 million in public money spent on renovating Frogmore Cottage, which will remain his family’s UK home.

A spokesman says: ‘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.’"
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Omid Scobie (opens in new tab), one of the authors of the Sussexes' recent royal biography, Finding Freedom (opens in new tab), also confirmed the news, adding that a royal source had confirmed that Harry paid back the money voluntarily.

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The news comes just days after Harry and Meghan (opens in new tab) announced that they've signed a deal with Netflix (opens in new tab) that's reportedly worth more than $100 million.

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