Prince Harry And Meghan Markle Pay Back US$3.2 Mil For Frogman Cottage Renovations

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were supposed to live at the cottage before they decided to step back from royal duties.

Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan have paid back the US$3.2 million (S$4.3 mil) refurbishment costs for Frogmore Cottage.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have confirmed they have repaid the taxpayer's money that was used to refurbish their home at Windsor Castle, where they intended to live before they decided to step back as senior members of the royal family.

The spokesperson said: "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 UK residence of the duke and his family."

It was also confirmed that Frogmore Cottage would remain the UK base for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan — who bought a US$15 million (S$20.1 mil) house in Montecito, Santa Barbara — are reportedly using cash from their recent multi-year deal with Netflix deal. No financial terms were revealed but it was speculated that the deal is worth over US$100 million. 

In a statement, the couple said: "Our lives, both independent of each other, and as a couple have allowed us to understand the power of the human spirit: of courage, resilience, and the need for connection. Through our work with diverse communities and their environments, to shining a light on people and causes around the world, our focus will be on creating content that informs but also gives hope. As new parents, making inspirational family programming is also important to us, as is powerful storytelling through a truthful and relatable lens. We are pleased to work with Ted [Sarandos, Netflix's co-CEO and chief content officer] and the team at Netflix whose unprecedented reach will help us share impactful content that unlocks action."

The couple who have 15-month-old son Archie together will focus on creating programming that resonates with them, including issues that are the focus of their nonprofit foundation, Archewell. — BANG

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