Back in January, when Prince Harry and Meghan Markle cut financial ties with the British royal family, they did so with the desire to become “financially independent.” As part of that, the couple pledged to pay back around $3 million in renovation costs for their UK home, Frogmore Cottage in Windsor. Now, according to a statement released to People magazine, they have done so.
The statement, confirmed by People, read as follows:
“A contribution has been made to the Sovereign Grant by the Duke of Sussex. 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 U.K. residence of the Duke and his family.”
“It is an important step that they have wanted to take. It is something they have proactively wanted to do since the word go. They have taken the initiative to do so.”
The source also says that Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s decision to pay off the bill was unrelated to calls on them to settle the debt in the wake of the Netflix announcement – but in any case, the debt is now paid in full.