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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Will Stay at Windsor's Frogmore Cottage When Visiting the UK after Agreeing to Personally Pay Its Rent Post-Royal Exit

Junie Sihlangu
Feb 29, 2020
05:30 A.M.
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In early January 2020, Prince Harry and his wife Duchess Meghan announced that they were stepping down from their Royal roles. Now the pair are set to return to the UK after moving to Canada and the couple still has a place to stay.

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Prince Harry, 35, has returned to the UK and Meghan, 38, will return with their son Archie, 9-months, as well from Canada. The couple will be in the country to wrap up their final Royal engagements.

Things have changed for the two since they announced that they wanted to be independent and live between Canada and the UK. Despite the changes, the pair will still have use of their UK residence of Frogmore Cottage in Windsor.

Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan kiss as they pose with the trophy after the Sentebale ISPS Handa Polo on July 26, 2018, in Windsor, England | Photo: Anwar Hussein/WireImage/Getty Images

Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan kiss as they pose with the trophy after the Sentebale ISPS Handa Polo on July 26, 2018, in Windsor, England | Photo: Anwar Hussein/WireImage/Getty Images

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Frogmore residence a gift

The residence was gifted to them by the Queen in April 2019, prior to the birth of their son. However, being independent meant Harry and Meghan had to take some steps with regard to the property.

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Harry & Meghan’s independent lives

As part of their formalized agreement with the monarch, the couple intends on repaying the taxpayer money that was used for renovations of the residence last year. The Royal couple will no longer accept funds from the Sovereign Grant as part of their new lives.

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Royal couple to repay Frogmore costs

A statement by Buckingham Palace confirmed that Frogmore would remain their residence. 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.”

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Harry & Meghan to maintain UK home

Royal sources also claimed that Harry and Meghan would pay the running costs and taxes of the home moving forward. They’re also expected to pay a commercial rent on the property.

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Harry’s first public event in UK

Currently, the Prince and the Duchess have made a temporary home on Vancouver Island in Canada. On Tuesday, Harry appeared for his first public event in the UK since relocating to Canada by hosting a working summit for Travalyst in Edinburgh, Scotland.

The couple will officially step down as senior working members of the Royal Family on March 31, 2020.

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