Prince Harry and Meghan Markle forced to pay '£10k-a-month rent' for empty Frogmore Cottage after Queen's hard Megxit
PRINCE Harry and Meghan Markle could be forced to pay £10,000-a-month for their empty Frogmore cottage after the Queen’s hard Megxit deal.
The Sussexes have been told they have to cough-up the £2.4million of taxpayer cash splashed on the refurb to their five-bedroom home, in the grounds of Windsor Castle.
Under the terms of their agreement with the Queen, the Grade II listed property will remain their home in the UK – but bed and board won’t be on The Firm, The Sunday Times reports.
According to Buckingham Palace Harry and Meghan have “shared their wish to repay” the public funds after moving in last spring, a few weeks before their son Archie’s birth.
Builders worked around the clock for months to refurb the cottage with the overhaul involving knocking five separate houses into one larger residence.
The public paid for kitchen, bathrooms and fitted wardrobes, as well services of a renowned interior designer.
Estate agents estimate that renting the plush property would cost around £10k-a-month – with the couple also now paying for the running costs of Frogmore whether they are there or in Canada.
The palace last night confirmed details of the so-called "Megxit" deal – with Prince Harry losing his military titles and appointments.
The deal also means the couple will no longer use their HRH titles.
Harry and Meghan will get no longer have access to public cash as Buckingham Palace revealed the details of Megxit tonight – but it didn't directly address the issue of who will pay for their security.
This new arrangement is expected to be rolled out this spring, meaning they will be carrying out royal engagements and Meghan will be returning to the UK until that time.
However, they still referred to themselves as "their Royal Highnesses" on their website which was updated minutes after the Queen's announcement on their future.
It is understood that in return for dropping the use of the HRH titles, there will be no oversight on how the couple earn money, meaning they can make whatever commercial deals they want.
It is understood Prince Charles will continue to privately fund for the upkeep of their home, but it is not clear if it will be through his Duchy of Cornwall coffers.
Last year, Prince Harry and Prince William shared about £5million, and £2.3million of that went to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
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