What does it take to build a home fit for a Duke, Duchess, and an adorable baby? The royal family spent a whopping $3.06 million dollars renovating the once dated Frogmore Cottage. Here are 12 things you probably didn’t know about Meghan and Harry’s home renovation and the money spent on its transformation.
Frogmore House and Frogmore Cottage are two different pieces of property on the Frogmore Estate. Frogmore House (see image above) is where Harry and Meghan hosted their wedding reception in May 2018 and is slightly larger than Frogmore Cottage. It’s a grade-I listed house while Frogmore cottage is a grade-II listed house.
If you were curious about the unusual name of Meghan’s new home, the “frog” in Frogmore comes from the actual amphibian. The estate where the cottage is built is notorious for the many frogs that can be seen hopping around. However, it was originally known as the Double Garden cottage.
Frogmore cottage is old, and with age comes history. The home was built in the 18th century for Queen Charlotte who was the consort of King George III. The queen used the cottage as a retreat for herself and her unmarried daughters.
Later, the Cottage was home to Abdul Karim (see image), the first Indian in the royal household and one of Queen Victoria’s closest aides. Yes, this is the same duo from the Judi Dench and Ali Fazal movie, Victoria and Abdul, which came out in 2017.
Vicky Charles is a designer famous for her design of the Soho Farmhouse in London. She has also designed homes for stars like Victoria and David Beckham, and George and Amal Clooney who are good friends with Meghan and Harry.
As activists for global sustainability, it is no big surprise that Meghan and Harry worked to incorporate a green lifestyle in their new home. The couple spent approximately $65,600 to build a Green Energy unit that will provide them with heat, electricity and water. While Meghan and Harry’s pockets may not be too happy, the Earth is surely thankful.
Meghan Markle is a strong supporter of everything vegan. Therefore, it completely makes sense that the new mom had her son’s nursery painted with 100% Vegan paint. The couple have also installed an organic garden at Frogmore Cottage where they plan to grow their own organic food. We think it’s safe to say that baby Sussex will be raised a vegan.
Before the renovations, Frogmore cottage was comprised of five separate residential units for royal staff. However, six months of renovations have merged the units into a single family home with about five bedrooms.