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The home renovations of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry cost the UK taxpayers $ 4.3 million



Updated

June 25, 2019: 19:43:59

The new house of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry has been renewed with 2.4 million pounds ($ 4.3 million) of taxpayers' money, Buckingham Palace revealed.

Key points:

  • Renewals were held to "secure the long-term future" of Frogmore Cottage
  • The six-month renovation included new electric wiring and heating systems
  • Royal officials had already planned to renovate the place before the Duke and Duchess of Sussex moved in.

The amount, taken from the taxpayer's annual subsidy to the royal family, paid for the conversion of Frogmore Cottage into a single dwelling, according to Sovereign's annual report detailing the official income and expenditure of Queen Elizabeth II and her family.

The Royal couple, the Duke and the Duchess of Sussex, paid for furniture and accessories.

"The property had not been the object of work for a number of years and had already been earmarked for renovation, in accordance with our responsibility to maintain the condition of the occupied property of the royal palaces," said Michael Stevens, owner of the Private Exchange.

"Outdated infrastructure has been replaced to ensure the long-term future of the property."

The nineteenth-century Frogmore Cottage, on the grounds of the Queen's Castle of Windsor, became the official residence of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex when they moved shortly before the birth of their first son, Archie, in May.

The building had already been converted into five separate houses and the royal authorities had already planned to renovate it before it was agreed that it would become the couple's residence.

The six-month renovation included new electrical wiring, replacement of defective ceiling beams and floor beams, new heating systems and the introduction of new water and gas pipes.

A palace source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said taxpayer donation covered the basic cost for kitchens, bathrooms and floors – with additional expenses for anything more specific than the Royals, who also paid for items such as curtains and furniture.

Renewals & # 39; substantially & # 39; completed

British newspapers reported that among the changes, the house now has a "floating floor" and a yoga studio.

The work was "substantially" completed and the pending reforms are not included in the next year's annual report, which means that the cost would be below the £ 350,000 threshold for inclusion in the public report.

Queen Elizabeth was very involved in the decision to allow the couple to use Frogmore Cottage and was kept informed of the progress of the project, the source said.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex already lived in a residence in the gardens of Kensington Palace, the London home of his elder brother Prince William and his wife Kate.

But since their marriage in May of last year, they are forging their own way, separating their family from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and moving their team to Buckingham Palace.

Last week it was announced that they were separating from the charitable foundation that the two couples had shared.

The disbursement at Frogmore Cottage was part of the Sovereign Grant of £ 82.2 million, government money covering Queen Elizabeth's official obligations, including staff costs, royal palace maintenance and travel expenses.

It is based on 15% of Crown Estate's surplus revenue, a monarch-owned portfolio of properties two years earlier.

By 2016, this percentage has been increased to 25% for a decade, with extra spending added to pay for a major overhaul of Buckingham Palace.

The 10-year, 369-million-pound upgrade work to replace aging wiring and heating systems in the palace was on track, Stevens said.

Reuters

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First published

June 25, 2019 18:36:15


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