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

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.

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

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.

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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“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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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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In Scotland today, The Duke of Sussex and Travalyst have hosted a summit to launch their next phase of work, putting communities first, with a mission to create a more sustainable tourism industry. • “We are a coalition of partners with a shared goal to transform the future of tourism and travel for everyone – to give people access to better information and ensure the future development of tourism positively supports the destinations that the industry relies on, and that their communities depend on. We believe travel is a good thing. It is the heart of human experience, of cultural connections and of new friendships.” - The Duke of Sussex Travalyst is working to build a future where people are able to take holidays and trips that have social, environmental and economic benefits to communities and destinations built in. There is an increasing desire for these types of trips – and we want to make them a reality for everyone. At today’s summit in Edinburgh, representatives from across the Scottish tourism sector discussed the need to encourage and incentivise sustainable practices across the supply chain, in a way that meets the needs of consumers who want more clarity on how to choose more sustainable options. Image © PA / SussexRoyal

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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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