For more than a year, it has been the millstone around the throat of Prince Harry, a gold चढ़ plated piece of taxpayer’s largesse that has been found for privilege and entitlement.
But Harry and Meghan were left with £ 2.4 million of public money – our money – designed to renovate Frogham Cottage, only to shut it down and with the rest of their royal lives , Represented something more internal.
He saw it as a series that pushed him to the land of his birth, freeing his efforts from the royal family and, more importantly, his media critics.
To him, the money was not a loan taken from a liberal nation, who was pleased to help this young royal couple find their feet after their happy marriage, but rather a stick with which to beat them.
Therefore, paying every purse back in the public purse, offering to do so at a rate of £ 18,000 per month in advance (a deal of such indulgence would have taken them 11 years to repay the debt), is highly important.
In the short term, it is designed to soothe the intoxication of criticism, making them think they are the subject. But will this really end what they complain of as an unfair ‘public interest’ in their new lives?
A source close to the couple confirmed that he was not receiving financial support from Harry’s father, Prince of Wales, either from the Duchy of Cornwall or from his personal income.
This, too, marks a fork in the road for Harry and Meghan, although insiders suggest they may have already received the full amount of stipend expected from Charles for this year.
Surely adopting such a high-profile life in the entertainment capital of the world, where every resource is choreographed for maximum publicity, such a move raises more questions?
It can be no coincidence that this notable sign comes just days after the pair signed a production deal with Netflix, estimated to be worth £ 75 million.
Many will wonder whether this payment to Sovereign Grant was part of the first installment of that extraordinary deal. But while the royal authorities were digesting the implication, another equally bold declaration was being issued by the Duke and Duchess.
A source close to the couple confirmed that he was not receiving financial support from Harry’s father, Prince of Wales, either from the duchy of Cornwall or from his personal income.
This, too, marks a fork in the road for Harry and Meghan, although insiders suggest they may have already received the full amount of the stipend expected from Charles for this year.
However what it does do is indicate that their divorce from Britain is permanent, while their royal family may have a future role in removing any pretense.
Of course, Harry can avoid this whole sorry saga before it ever becomes an issue. With an estimated fortune of £ 20 million inherited from his mother’s estate and the trust fund from the Queen Mother, he could afford to pay for the renovation himself.
With an estimated fortune of £ 20 million inherited from his mother’s estate and the trust fund from the Queen Mother, he could afford to pay for the renovation himself.
Prince Charles reacts in memory of a national service on March 15, 2020, at the National Memorial Arboretum in Ellewes, central England.
What he then failed to understand – and probably still does not – is not that there was public outrage at the expense of reintroducing Frogmore, but when Harry chose to keep secret details about the birth and naming of son Archie The public felt cheated.
A court says that this sent the message that they were happy about the public’s money, but that it did not mean whether it meant sharing things with the public. ‘Since then, it has become more and more toxic.’ For now, the question is how the money has been paid and who knew about it. Royal allies suggested that, although the time had come as a surprise, it was not entirely unexpected.
Harry is determined to emphasize his and Meghan’s lack of dependence on British taxpayer funds, first by meeting the cost of her substantial security bill and now by returning Sovereign Grant. They believe that this will remove media intrusion into their lives.
But criticism of the grand renovation of Frogham Cottage has rarely been limited to the media. Over the weekend, Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, Deputy Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee of Parliament, noted: ‘Apparently someone who has borrowed taxpayers’ cash must pay it back as soon as possible; £ 2.4 million is a lot and, even if you paid £ 250,000 per year, it would still take a decade. ‘
Harry may see his new-found wealth, which has allowed him to return this money, as he gains independence and escapes from his critics. But this can have unexpected consequences. While his father contributed to the lives of Harry and Meghan, there was still a link, but for ten years, he had to anchor for his country and his family. Without it, Harry may find himself more uplifting than ever.
Thanks a million, Megflix: After the huge Netflix deal, Harry and Meghan paid the £ 2.4m Frogmore Cottage bill – and also stopped taking cash from Charles
by Rebecca English Royal Editor for Daily Mail
Harry and Meghan used taxpayers for the £ 2.4 billion used to renovate their Windsor home in a dramatic extension of their ‘divorce’ from the Royal Family.
In an unexpected move, the couple – who were returning cash in monthly installments – announced that they had fully returned Sovereign Grant for the redevelopment of the five-bedroom Frogham Cottage on the Queen’s Berkshire estate.
Sources close to the couple also claimed that they would no longer ask Prince Charles for handouts as they sought to establish ‘financial independence’.
Surprisingly, a lucrative deal was achieved by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to produce the show for streaming Netflix, worth in the region of $ 100 million (£ 75 million).
£ 2.4m in public money was used to convert Frogmore into a large country house, one of five small staff cottages that the Royals have been working on since leaving in January There is a special bone of contention.
Critics argued that after his departure in California, not only should the cash be returned in full, but he should also renounce his right to live in Frogmore, which was given to him by the Queen.
They recently intensified after buying a £ 11m nine-bedroom, 16-bathroom mansion in Santa Barbara, a 16-bathroom mansion with a £ 7.5million mortgage.
Until now, they were returning money at the rate of £ 18,000 per month – a figure which also included ‘rent’ on the property.
Sources close to the couple claimed that they would no longer ask Prince Charles for handouts as they sought to establish ‘financial independence’.
This meant that it took them 11 years to repay the British taxpayer, a timeframe that many felt was too long given the couple’s earning potential.
But last night, a spokesperson for the couple said that Prince Harry had now paid all the money. He said: ‘The Sovereign Grant has been contributed by the Duke of Sussex.
‘This contribution, originally introduced by Prince Harry, has fully covered the necessary renovation cost of Frogham Cottage, which is the property of Queen the Queen, and will remain the UK residence of the Duke and his family.’
The spokesman clarified that Sussex will continue to use the Windsor property, for which they will now continue to pay an undisclosed ‘commercial’ rent as a UK base.
The mail states that the sudden decision to return the money came as a surprise to the royal authorities. A well-placed source said that Sovereign Grant Money was always a ‘sad one’ for Harry, who felt rightly or wrongly – using it as a means to ‘control’ him by his family members. And communication medium.
Sovereign Grant is the money given by the Treasury to support the Queen as head of state. This completes the running expenses of her official home as well as the maintenance of properties owned by the Crown Estate.
The source told the Mail yesterday that Harry ‘was very clear from the beginning that he wanted to repay that money because he felt that no one would have the right to control him if he returned it.’ He said: ‘But when he uses the word control, many see it as a desire by Harry to avoid criticism under a fair and free press.’ The source said that Harry had never made any ‘haste’ to repay this amount in full.
‘It is a surprise,’ he admitted, ‘that it may be assumed that it has something to do with the Netfish deal. It may now mean that he can pay the money back at once, or he may have been irritated by the criticism that the deal has resulted in the loss of his finances. Nobody really knows.
‘But if he thinks it will make him immune to public and media scrutiny, he is misguided.
‘This new, highly visible media role he is seeking in the US features him more publicly than ever before.’
Frogmore, who was gifted to the couple through his Crown estate to the Queen, fell into objection before the couple moved. The builders worked around the clock for six months so that they could move around before the birth of their son Archie in May 2019.
The couple chose to move out of Kensington Palace after their downfall with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.