Meghan Markle & Prince Harry spent more than $3 million remodeling their new house

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One of the favorite royal couples, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, have found themselves in the middle of a family feud that has reportedly pushed them not only to have to move, but also to end up spending over $3 million from the public coffers to rebuild their future home. The money was needed to set up the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's new residence after alleged problems with Prince William and Kate Middleton pushed them to leave what was initially supposed to be their forever home in Nottingham Cottage in London.

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Before giving birth to the latest royal baby, Archie, the newlyweds had decided to live on the grounds of London's Kensington Palace, in one of the apartments available at Nottingham Cottage. They were going to be Kate and William's next door neighbors, but their difficult relationship seems to have pushed them to decide to move more than 20 miles away, to the not any less glamorous Frogmore Cottage at Windsor Castle, just outside of London. The renovations needed for the new family to move into their residence have cost British taxpayers more than $3 million, a figure that has just been made public in the official budgets approved by Queen Elizabeth, raising many eyebrows in Great Britain.

The Sussex's home needed more than $3 million in updates.

Frogmore Cottage had previously been converted into five different units to house the royal family's staff, but after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex decided to turn it into their official residence, the queen had to approve a pricey remodel budget to convert it into a single-family home, once again.

The royal family's official budget has been published and caused quite a stir, as many don't seem to understand why the construction cost had to be paid for with public funds.


The entire remodeling of Frogmore Cottage has already gone over budget.

A budget of $3 million was initially approved for the project. That money has been mostly been used up in the conversion project. Five apartments have been turned into a single home and it required changing floors and ceilings, as well as building new bathrooms, a kitchen, and a few extra rooms.

While the budget has run out, some estimates seem point to a need for an extra $800,000 to complete the project, including all the landscaping updates requested by Meghan and Harry.


The reason for the move may have been an alleged problem between the couple and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

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The Sussexes were initially going to live in Nottingham Cottage, next door to Harry's older brother and Kate Middleton, on the grounds of Kensington Palace in central London. But certain sources have spoken about the issues that have arisen between the two couples, to the extent that they have also broken up the joint Royal Foundation that the brothers and their wives co-chaired until last week.

Queen Elizabeth herself had to approve the remodeling budget.

The queen has an annual budget of about $104 million, and she had to personally approve the remodeling project. But it has made citizens raise a ton of questions about how appropriate this expenditure actually was. So much so that some antimonarchy groups have already petitioned for a special hearing to review them.


Republic, one of the groups that wants to abolish the monarchy, has been the most vocal about this decision.

Graham Smith, one of its representatives, said: "If even one school or hospital is facing cuts we cannot justify spending a penny on the royals. Yet with all public services under intense financial pressure we throw [$3] million at a new house for Harry."

Other voices have already said that this situation is not as dramatic as the public outcry is making it seem, although it could have been handed differently. "It’s costing far too much money, [$3] million," said Robert Johnson, an expert in royal affairs who published a biography on Prince Charles last year. "They [Harry and Meghan] should’ve seen this coming, they could’ve avoided it by moving in next door to William and Kate. The royal family does pay for itself overall but the way this has been handled is not very good."

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