Harry and Meghan's renovation of their Frogmore Cottage home has cost taxpayers a whopping $ 3 million. The couple's new residence now houses a designer kitchen – part of a tax-financed renovation that will cost nearly $ 3.8 million, taking all costs into account.
Royal accounts prove that working on the couple's house has so far cost the public far more than initial estimates that trigger anger from activists. Her five-bedroom home – a present from the Queen – is said to have undergone a "thorough overhaul" prior to move-in, including new heating, wiring and utility works.
But the public has also been upset for the kitchen, bathroom and even fitted wardrobes and storage, as well as a renowned interior designer. However, officials said the couple had paid for their own "home furnishings". The books for all royals show that the monarchy has cost the taxpayer nearly $ 1
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Harry, 34, and Meghan, 37, moved to their new home in April, a month before Archie Harrison's birth. When the Sun announced its planned relocation last year, officials tried to downplay costs, saying it would be closer to $ 1.9 million. However, yesterday's reports indicated that the renovation of the property near Windsor Castle cost $ 3 million in the fiscal year to April alone.
All work since then has not been considered and the exterior needs to be repainted – the actual cost is expected to be closer to $ 3.8 million. The books reveal that great efforts have been made to turn five plots of land into a single home. A luxury kitchen was installed while renovating an existing one-bedroom studio and replacing fireplaces, floors and stairs.
Meghan chose an eco-friendly, non-toxic and vegan paint for the renovation, reportedly overseen by designer Vicky Charles. She was responsible for the interior design of the Soho Farmhouse in Oxfordshire, a celebrity-owned hotel and member club.
Sir Michael Stevens, who revealed the royal reports yesterday, insisted that Frogmore Cottage be neglected and used. He said, "The property has not been the subject of labor for a number of years and was already earmarked for renovation."
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A royal source reported that broken wooden ceiling beams and floor joists have been replaced and inefficient heating systems have also been updated. The house also needed significant electrical rewiring and the installation of new gas and water pipes.
The main refurbishment lasted about six months, but some works are still pending, such as the repainting of the exterior and the landscaping of the site. Palace sources said the cost was not disclosed as it "is part of a five-year repainting and repair program." They also stated that installations such as kitchens and bathrooms are covered and the couple has to pay extra costs, if you wanted a tailor made version.
From the Sovereign Grant accounts, which funds the Queen's official expenses and their budget, it appears that the monarchy cost the taxpayer 2018/19 $ 105 million or $ 1.58 per person in the UK This is an increase of nearly $ 25 million over the previous year, partly due to work at Buckingham Palace.
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Graham Smith of the Republican Interest Group said, "This year's increases are outrageous in times of widespread spending cuts.
" If even a school or hospital is facing cuts we can not ju Give a dime to the royals out. "However, with all public services under heavy financial pressure, we're throwing 2.4 million pounds into a new house for Harry." The accounts showed that their greenhouse gas emissions had risen 93 percent year-on-year, due to the "higher Use of chartered fixed-wing aircraft for overseas business trips "and there were" five such foreign visits in 2018-19 compared to one in the years 2017-18 ".
Charles and Camilla had three major foreign visits to tours last year, including Africa and The Caribbean, while William went to Israel and Jordan, palace officials said the Foreign Office chose where Royals should be sent on tour Charles & # 39; Office said its CO2 footprint for overseas travel had risen only two percent .
This report was originally published in The Sun.