Harry & Meghan Will Repay Public Funds Spent on Frogmore Cottage Renovations, Buckingham Palace Reveals

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle plan to repay to the last penny, the public funds spent to renovate their UK home, Frogmore Cottage, as they begin a new chapter of their life.

The details of the new life, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are starting to get unravelled. With it came further information on what they plan to do with their UK residence, Frogmore Cottage.

In a statement released by Buckingham Palace, the couple expressed their gratitude to the Queen for her continued support. They noted that they plan to maintain Frogmore as their residence whenever they are in the UK.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex depart Canada House in London, England. | Photo: Getty Images

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex depart Canada House in London, England. | Photo: Getty Images

A HOME IN THE UK

However, the Duke and Duchess plan to repay every bit of public funds spent on renovating the house. The statement 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 UK family home."

The couple, who want to be financially independent, will also not rely on public funds to maintain their lifestyle. They will work to make their money, independent of the Royal family.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex tend to their baby son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor at a meeting with Archbishop Desmond Tutu at the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation during their royal tour of South Africa | Photo: Getty Images

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex tend to their baby son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor at a meeting with Archbishop Desmond Tutu at the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation during their royal tour of South Africa | Photo: Getty Images

THE COST OF RUNNING IT IS ON THEM

A Royal source stated that Harry and Markle would henceforth maintain the cost of running the house. The parents-of-one are also required to pay commercial rent for the use of the property.

The Queen has revealed that she understands her grandson and his wife's decision to step down.

The house, which the couple moved into after getting married in May 2018, got renovated with $3.1 million. The list of what the refurbishing covered has never been revealed.

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“After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution. We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen. It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment. We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages. This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity. We look forward to sharing the full details of this exciting next step in due course, as we continue to collaborate with Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and all relevant parties. Until then, please accept our deepest thanks for your continued support.” - The Duke and Duchess of Sussex For more information, please visit sussexroyal.com (link in bio) Image © PA

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FROGMORE HAS A LOT OF HISTORY

However, Royal fans got a sneak peek of the interior when Prince Harry announced the fifth Invictus Games on Instagram. The walls have a gray décor and SOHO designer, Vicky Charles worked on it.

Frogmore Cottage sits on the grounds of Windsor. It is reportedly where Markle and her husband took their engagement pictures.

IT'S ABOUT WHAT'S BEST FOR THEIR FAMILY

The house has been in the Royal family since the 18th century and was used as a retreat for the unmarried daughters of King Edwards III. Before the couple moved in, it was used mostly for events, as no one lived in it.

Harry and Markle started their life as a family there. They moved in before they had Archie, and lived there until they chose to move to North America.

The Queen has revealed that she understands her grandson and his wife's decision to step down. She wants the couple to do what's best for their family.

Harry and Markle are focused on doing that. They will shuffle their time between the UK and North America, and try as much as they can to balance things out.

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