Prince Harry re­pays U.K. tax­pay­ers

Chicago Sun-Times - - NATION / WORLD -

LONDON — Prince Harry has re­paid 2.4 mil­lion pounds ($3.2 mil­lion) in Bri­tish tax­pay­ers’ money that was used to ren­o­vate the home in Wind­sor in­tended for him and his wife, Meghan, be­fore they gave up royal du­ties and moved to Cal­i­for­nia.

A spokesman for the cou­ple said Mon­day that Harry had made a con­tri­bu­tion to the Sov­er­eign Grant, the pub­lic money that goes to the royal fam­ily. He said the con­tri­bu­tion “fully cov­ered the nec­es­sary ren­o­va­tion costs of Frog­more Cot­tage,” near Queen El­iz­a­beth II’s Wind­sor Cas­tle home, west of London.

He said Frog­more Cot­tage will re­main the home of Harry and Meghan, also known as the Duke and Duchess of Sus­sex, when they visit the U.K.

Royal ac­counts for 2019 show that 2.4 mil­lion pounds was spent ren­o­vat­ing the house, in­clud­ing struc­tural work, rewiring and new floor­ing. Harry and Meghan agreed to pay back the money and start pay­ing rent as part of the plans drawn up when they quit as se­nior work­ing royals in March.

They re­cently bought a house in Santa Bar­bara, Cal­i­for­nia, and last week an­nounced a deal with Net­flix to pro­duce a range of films and se­ries.

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