Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan have stayed true to their word. On Sept. 7, it was confirmed that the couple repaid the Sovereign Grant funds used to renovate Frogmore Cottage in 2018-19. They had previously volunteered to do so when they announced their intention to step down as senior royals in March 2020.
Prince Harry & Duchess Meghan settle Frogmore Cottage debt
A spokesman for the Duke of Sussex released a statement on Sept. 7, confirming the settling of the debt. It reads: "A contribution has been made to the Sovereign Grant by the Duke of Sussex.
"This contribution as originally offered by Prince Harry has fully covered the necessary renovation costs of Frogmore Cottage, a property of Her Majesty The Queen, and will remain the U.K. residence of the Duke and his family."
The Frogmore Cottage renovations occurred in the lead-up to Harry and Meghan's April 2019 move to the Windsor property. But following the couple's subsequent moves, first to Vancouver Island and then to Los Angeles, critics scrutinized the use of millions in taxpayer dollars on the royal property's makeover. At the time, the cost was estimated at £2.4 million (nearly $3 million).
As part of Harry and Meghan's royal exit deal with the Queen, they stated their intention to become financially independent — and repaying funds to the Sovereign Grant was a key step in this process.
Harry & Meghan repay Frogmore Cottage funds days after Netflix deal
Prince Harry's Sept. 7 contribution also comes less than one week after he and the Duchess announced a new production deal with Netflix, their first major joint business venture since stepping away from the Royal Family.
While the Duke and Duchess of Sussex had a short-lived stay at Frogmore Cottage in 2019, they did memorably host their wedding reception at the property the year before. They're now living in Santa Barbara, California, after moving to their own home following a stay at Tyler Perry's mansion in L.A.