If you’re wondering where the British public’s hard-earned tax money is going, that’d be right over to Frogmore Cottage—where Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have been busily renovating their home.
According to a People source, the couple’s hilariously named house is “substantially completed” and they’ve both redecorated the exterior (think windows and walls) and relandscaped and added some garden lighting. THE GARDEN MUST BE LIT, GUYS.
Apparently, taxpayers paid around $3 million for the renovations through the queen’s annual Sovereign Grant, but “anything movable” (think furniture) was paid for by Harry and Meghan themselves.
“All fixtures and fittings were paid for by their Royal Highnesses,” the source says. “Curtains, furnishings—all that would be paid separately, paid privately.” Oh, and they paid for some of their fancier unmovable requests, like their upgraded kitchen.
“If a member of the royal family says, ‘We want a better kitchen than you’re prepared to provide with public money,’ then that would fall to them privately and they would have to meet the cost,” the source says. “If they want that higher specification, they have to pay the extra.”
While previous reports claimed Meghan and Harry were adding a yoga studio with a floating wood floor, apparently, this isn’t true. So all you slightly pissed British taxpayers can calm down! But how did they possibly spend so much money if it wasn’t on fancy stuff like yoga rooms? Apparently, Frogmore was pretty dilapidated.
“A very large proportion of the ceiling beams and floor joists were defective and had to be replaced,” the source says. “The heating systems were outdated and inefficient and were not to the environmental standards that we would expect today.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, even extending to the establishment of a separate upgraded electrical substation, which was in addition to the main works on the property. And new gas and water mains had to be introduced to the property, replacing the five separate links that were there for the property before and were in a bad state of repair. Overall, the works were conducted over a period of around six months.”
Cool, I’ll just be here in my apartment waiting for my hot water to kick back on, lol!
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan USA
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