Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan have refunded British taxpayers 2.4 million pounds the cost of renovating their UK home. This gesture is in keeping with their commitment they made after the unexpected decision in January that they would withdraw from royal duties.
The refurbishment of the property was widely criticised by a section of the British media and the public as too expensive. The property, Frogmore Cottage is within the grounds of Queen Elizabeth’s Windsor Castle west of London.
The repayment of the money would free the prince and his wife to pursue new careers for themselves and attain financial independence. The duo announced just last week thay had signed a contract with Netflix to produce content for the streaming giant.
Although Harry and his wife are still officially referred to as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, they had since chosen California in the United States as their new home, but will still keep Frogmore Cottage as their home whenever they come back to Britain. This condition was accepted by the Queen, Harry’s grandmother.
“A contribution has been made to the Sovereign Grant by the Duke of Sussex”, a spokesman for the couple said, a reference to a pot of taxpayer money used to fund the monarchy.
“This contribution as originally offered by Prince Harry has fully covered the necessary renovation costs of Frogmore Cottage, a property of her Majesty, The Queen, and will remain the UK residence of The Duke and his family”
The terms of Harry and Meghan’s contract with Netflix have not been disclosed. Prior to that, the bulk of their income was coming from the private estate of Prince Charles, Harry’s father and the heir to the British throne.