Prince Harry & Meghan Markle Spent $3 Million in Taxpayer Money to Renovate Frogmore Cottage

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Prince Harry, Meghan Markle
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Nothing gets people into their feels like discussing money. Especially when they feel it's their own and it's been ill-spent. According to a newly released royal financial report, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle spent close to $3 million in taxpayer money to renovate their new home, Frogmore Cottage, and people are pretty outraged about it.

  • The Duke and Duchess of Sussex received the home at Windsor Castle as a wedding gift from Queen Elizabeth.

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    The five-bedroom home had previously been broken up into five separate apartments for royal staffers, so it had be substantially renovated to make it suitable for single-family living. Buckingham Palace just released a report with a breakdown of the funds that went into the remodel, and it turns out that the Queen's annual Sovereign Grant paid for about 2.4 million pounds (about $3 million US) of the work. However, People reports that "anything moveable" in the cottage of gardens has been paid for by Harry and Meghan themselves. So new kitchen cabinets -- taxpayers. New curtains -- Harry and Meg.

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  • People are pretty dang upset about the cost to the public.

  • Frequent royal critic Piers Morgan even took them to task.

    In his article, Piers wrote that while he has "no problem" with the Sussexes living in such a "grand property," he doesn't think taxpayers should be funding it. He pointed out that his show, Good Morning Britain, conducted a poll that proved he's in the vast majority of Britons. He shared, "A staggering 87% of over 14,000 people who voted answered ‘NO’ to the question: ‘Should the taxpayer pay £2.4 million for the redevelopment of Harry and Meghan’s official residence?"

  • It's safe to say people are pretty upset about the cost.

  • And of course everyone is questioning the definition of "cottage." 

    That's what most people call a mansion, but you know royals. In all fairness to Harry and Meghan, the money came out of the $104.2 million the Queen gets annually for the upkeep of her properties. As the monarch, Frogmore Cottage is actually hers -- Harry, Meghan, and baby Archie are just allowed to use it as their primary residence. 

    Like it or not, it takes money to fund the royalty. Where does the public think that comes from? It comes from them, in the form of taxes.