The Scotsman

Duke and Duchess of Sus­sex pay back £2.4m cot­tage ren­o­va­tions

● Net­flix deal helps fund bill for work on Wind­sor property

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The Duke of Sus­sex has paid back the £2.4 mil­lion of tax­pay­ers’ money used to ren­o­vate Frogmore Cot­tage.

A spokesman for Harry con­firmed the duke had paid the bill in full by mak­ing a con­tri­bu­tion to the Sovereign Grant.

The pay­ment was made pos­si­ble thanks to the Duke and Duchess of Sus­sex’s new multi-mil­lion pound Net­flix deal, a source said. Harry’s spokesman said: “A con­tri­bu­tion has been made to the Sovereign Grant by the Duke of Sus­sex.

“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.”

Last year’s royal ac­counts showed the cost of the ren­o­va­tions – paid for from tax­pay­ers’ money – was £2.4m.

Harry and Me ghana greed to pay back the money and start pay­ing commercial rent as part of the plans drawn up when they quit as se­nior work­ing roy­als in March.

The cou­ple faced a pub­lic back­lash when the cost of re­fur­bish­ing the Grade-ii listed property close to Wind­sor Cas­tle fell to the tax­payer.

The home, which is owned by the Crown Es­tate, was a gift from Harry’s grand­mother the Queen. Repub­lic, which cam­paigns for an elected head of state, heav­ily crit­i­cised the amount spent at the time and said fol­low­ing news of Harry’s pay­ment that he should have paid the bill from the start.

Gra­ham Smith, from Repub­lic, said :“Harry should have paid this bill from the out­set rather than ex­pect­ing the tax­payer to stump up the cash.

“They’ve now paid for the re­fur­bish­ment while con­tin­u­ing to use the home when­ever they stay in the UK.

“Their state­ment claims the cot­tage is the Queen’s property, which is un­true.

“It be­longs to the Crown Es­tate, which is there to raise rev­enue for the Trea­sury, so we have a right to know what rent they are pay­ing for the place.” He added: “Harry and Meg hanh ave ended their ac­tive in­volve­ment in royal du­ties and now live in the US, yet still ex­pect the Bri­tish tax­payer to pro­vide them with lux­ury ac­com­mo­da­tion,

al­ways avail­able for when­ever they choose to visit.”

The ma­jor build­ing project at Frogmore Cot­tage in­volved turn­ing five proper ties back into a sin­gle man­sion.

All fix­tures and fit­tings were paid for pri­vately by the duke and duchess.

Work on the property in Berk­shire over­ran and it was re­ported that Harry and Megh an made con­stant de­sign changes, mean­ing the builders fell be­hind sched­ule.

The£2.4m bill in­cluded struc­tural work, rewiring and floor­ing, among other costs. A source said the cou­ple will still base them­selves there with their son Archie when vis­it­ing the UK.

 ??  ?? 0 The Duke and Duchess of Sus­sex will pay a ‘commercial rent’ for the con­tin­ued use of Frogmore Cot­tage when they are in the UK
0 The Duke and Duchess of Sus­sex will pay a ‘commercial rent’ for the con­tin­ued use of Frogmore Cot­tage when they are in the UK

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