How Harry and Meghan splashed out £2.4m of YOUR cash as they turned FIVE homes into one

Mail Online | 6/24/2019 | Rebecca English for the Daily Mail
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Prince Harry and Meghan have spent £2.4million of public money doing up their Windsor home.

The newlyweds moved out of Kensington Palace this spring amid reports of a rift with his brother William and sister-in-law Kate.

Overhaul - Frogmore - Cottage - Queen - Accounts

The overhaul of Frogmore Cottage was approved by the Queen, according to accounts released yesterday.

The 19th century property had been converted into five smaller staff houses and needed to be turned back into a single home. Ceilings and floors were replaced along with the addition of new bathrooms, bedrooms and a kitchen.

Aides - Costs - Budget - Couple - Accounts

Aides say any costs above the agreed budget were met privately by the couple. The accounts also show that:

The Keeper of the Privy Purse, Sir Michael Stevens, who is in charge of the Queen's accounts, said the report showed she continued to be 'highly active', conducting 140 engagements in 12 months. The wider family undertook more than 3,200 official duties here and abroad.

Duke - Edinburgh - £359 - Treasury - Year

Despite retiring, the Duke of Edinburgh still receives £359,000 from the Treasury each year to run a private office. An aide stressed that the figure was unchanged from 1992 and was so insufficient the Queen made up the difference.

Charles saw his personal expenditure rise by £155,000 to £3.15million – partly because of Harry's wedding.

£5million - Activities - Sons

He also spent £5million on other activities, including those of his sons.

Officials said the cost of the monarchy equated to £1.24 per British citizen.

Frogmore - Renovation - Harry - Meghan - Eye

And they insisted that Frogmore had been earmarked for renovation even before it caught Harry and Meghan's eye.

Sir Michael said: 'The sovereign grant covered the work undertaken to turn the building into the official residence and home of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and their new family.

Building - Residence - Infrastructure - Future - Property

'The building was returned to a single residence and outdated infrastructure was replaced to guarantee the long-term future of the property.'

Early reports suggesting the works could cost taxpayers as...
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