Frogmore Cottage is finally complete for the family of three.
The 18th-century property gifted to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex had to undergo significant renovations, £2.4m (just over C$4 million), which came from the Sovereign Grant.
“It’s substantially completed,” a source told People.
The six months of renovations started earlier this year were completed to the point that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle could move in before baby Archie was born. They have since added to the exterior with walls, landscaping, and garden lighting.
Sir Michael Stevens, Keeper of the Privy Purse, told BBC, “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.”
Ceiling beams and floor joists had to be replaced, heating systems updated, property rewired, as well as gas and water mains put in.
The reports of a yoga studio with a “floating floor” have also been falsified. The only “floating floor” put in the cottage was in the main kitchen area where builders could not remove the old floor so timber was laid on top.
Anything “movable” — the cottage gardens and the soundproof windows — were paid out of pocket by Harry and Meghan.
“All fixtures and fittings were paid for by their royal highnesses,” added the source. “Curtains, furnishings — all that would be paid separately, paid privately.”
Other things they paid for were things that were considered too expensive for the taxpayer to provide.
“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 continued. “If they want that higher specification, they have to pay the extra.”
Other figures from the Sovereign Grant show that the taxpayers paid around $135,000 for the royal couple’s trip to Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, and Tonga. Meghan’s solo outing on the royal train with Queen Elizabeth II cost another $38,000.