The British public learned what it costs to renovate a home fit for a Duke and Duchess, and as it turns out, it’s not cheap!
Frogmore Cottage at Windsor Castle can officially be called home to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcome their first son, Archie. After a busy six months of renovations, the family of three is living luxuriously in the mid-1800s cottage.
A Buckingham Palace source tells PEOPLE that the five-bed home on the grounds of Windsor Castle is “substantially completed” after a vigorous updates. The former single home was turned into five small dormitory-style units, and required massive amounts of work in order to be a livable home for the Duke and Duchess and their son.
For the last several months, outsiders have been able to see the couple’s home take shape as a modern-but-rustic farmhouse. With rumors of some unnecessary updates such as a mother-and-baby yoga room complete with a “floating” or sprung wooden floor, Buckingham Palace is setting the record straight as what exactly Harry and Meghan did to their new home and including the costs!
According to PEOPLE, British taxpayers have paid around $3 million for the Duke and Duchesses new home.
But before they could receive any immediate backlash, the Palace source also confirmed that Harry and Meghan paid for “anything moveable” and anything in the cottage gardens, themselves. That includes curtains, furnishings, upgraded appliances and anything decorative.
The couple was blessed to have the public pay for the completely new heating, air, gas, and water system. And because the home was built in the 1800’s, public costs also went towards structural renovations including beams, walls, and floors.
While many members of the public have already spoken up over the $3 million renovation costs, the Palace is noting that the Frogmore renovation, “is all part of the wider $55 million spent by the Queen to conserve the royal palaces over the past 12 months.”
The Palace source shared, “This conservation work is largely funded by an annual $63 million Sovereign Grant given to the Queen by the U.K. Government to maintain the royal palaces on behalf of the nation — a role that she and the rest of the royal family take extremely seriously.”
Well, Harry and Meghan don’t have too much to worry about in terms of homeownership! We hope to see some pictures of Harry and Meghan’s home very soon, and a sneak peak of Archie’s nursery is also very welcomed!
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