We’ve all heard about Meghan and Harry’s elaborate renovations at Frogmore Cottage. Yet, the home is causing unrest in Britain. Taxpayers funded Meghan & Harry’s home renovations, and are royally annoyed about the use of their money. Is this use of taxpayer funds fair?
When word got out of the renovations taking place at Frogmore Cottage taxpayers in Britain were upset. News reports of Meghan requesting a yoga studio with spring loaded floors did not help the Sussex’s cause.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex also painted with Vegan paint and took steps to ensure the energy sources of the house were environmentally friendly. Although these are positive things to include in a new home, the lack of clarity for who was buying these additions caused unrest.
It seems questionable that nearly £2.4m went towards Meghan and Harry’s home renovations. Yet, some perspective changing information has been released.
Sir Michael Stevens, the keeper of the Privy Purse, spoke out in defense of the Sussexes. “The property had not been the subject of work for some years and had already been earmarked for renovation in line with our responsibility to maintain the condition of the occupied royal palaces estate…The Sovereign Grant covered the work undertaken to turn the building into the official residence and home of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and their new family.”
Regardless if Meghan and Prince Harry moved into Frogmore Cottage, the property was already set to be renovated with royal funds as maintenance.
A source also told People “A very large proportion of the ceiling beams and floor joists were defective and had to be replaced.” The source further elaborated that “The heating systems were outdated and inefficient and were not to the environmental standards that we would expect today. The electrical system also needed to be substantially replaced and rewired.”
When considering that Frogmore Cottage was already set to be renovated, the use of taxpayer money is less extreme. Additionally, many expensive and necessary structural and electrical updates were needed to make the home livable.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have also contributed some of their own money to the renovations. For instance, design touches like the vegan paint were most likely paid for by Meghan and Harry.
There are still more renovations needed at Frogmore Cottage, but we think the use of taxpayer money was reasonable. Especially when looking at the whole story. The home was set to be renovated with royal funds regardless of Meghan and Harry moving in.