The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Meghan and Harry, have paid back the $3 million in public money they used to renovate their UK home.
Settling the debt may be seen as the final step of the couple in their split with Britain, although the house on the Windsor estate will remain their official residence while they are in the country.
Harry and Meghan revealed in January that they would “step back” from their positions as senior members of the British royal family. They further said they will split their time between the UK and North America.
The construction of their official residence, Frogmore Cottage, which took place in 2019, cost the Sovereign Grant £ 2.4 million (around $3 million) which comes from taxpayers to support the monarchy.
After the couple distanced themselves from public life and announced their plans to become financially independent, the house became the subject of controversy. They later proclaimed their intention to pay the renovation costs back.
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The Sovereign Grant, which accounts for the Queen’s staff salaries, the maintenance of palaces and official royal duties, including travel, footed the renovation bill. Harry and Meghan paid explicitly for all the fittings, fittings, and furnishings.
In a statement to CNN, a spokesperson for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex said: “The Duke of Sussex made a donation to the Sovereign Grant. This gift, as originally proposed by Prince Harry, completely covered the required renovation costs of Frogmore Cottage, a property of Her Majesty The Queen, and will remain the UK residence of The Duke and his family.”
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