Buckingham Palace has confirmed that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have left Frogmore Cottage. Prince Harry and his wife Meghan inherited this five-bedroom property from the late Queen Elizabeth while serving in the royal family. However, when they resigned from official duties and moved to California, they agreed to repay the £2.4 million spent on renovating the cottage.
The palace confirmed that their departure had left the Crown with a significantly improved property, thanks to renovations they had funded. Speaking at the annual Royal Fund conference, Sir Michael Stevens, Keeper of the Heraldry Fellowship, said: “We can confirm that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have moved out of Frogmore Cottage. We will not go into the details of these arrangements here. .As previously stated, the Duke and Duchess paid for the costs incurred by Heraldry in relation to the refurbishment of Frogmore Cottage. , thereby giving the Crown a significantly enhanced advantage.”
Regarding their eventual succession, the official said, “I have nothing to add. Any future occupation will be determined and reported in next year’s report.” Rumors swirled that the disgraced Prince Andrew might move there.
Harry and Meghan, who also have two children, Prince Archie, four, and Princess Lilibet, two, moved into the property in spring 2019 after extensive renovations. However, when they stepped back from their royal duties the following year with the aim of becoming “financially independent”, Buckingham Palace released a statement which said it was the couple’s wish to reimburse the Heraldry for the renovation of Frogmore Cottage. remain their family home in England”. They then said they would continue to pay “commercial” rent for the property.
Accounts show they paid five months’ rent before paying renovation costs totaling £2.4m in September. Official heraldry reports detailing public expenditure relating to the royal family, the amount is listed as both “rental income” and “recovery for operations and other income” in the 2020/2021 figures, and the following year, the latter part of the money is listed as “deferred income on current liabilities”.
Norman Baker, a former cabinet minister and member of the Privy Council, criticized the deal. He said: “It’s outrageous that Harry and Meghan are living in a big house in these circumstances where ordinary people are struggling to feed themselves.”
Separately, during the annual conference, heating has been turned down to reduce emissions at Buckingham Palace and other royal residences.
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