Reportedly, Taxpayers have had to pay an extra £750,000 on security costs for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Frogmore Cottage home. Refurbishing the Windsor residence has already cost £2.4m and the cost to the public purse could hit £3m. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have paid roughly £250,000 of their own money on the fixtures and fittings at Frogmore including 'fine furnishings' for a kitchen, living room and nursery for baby Archie. Royal officials in charge of the refurbishment which involved knocking five separate houses into one larger residence for the couple, set the newlyweds a strict budget, reports the Daily Mail.
They say sources have claimed that taxpayers are paying a £750,000 bill for security. More than 20 officers from the Met Police and the Thames Valley force are required to guard Frogmore Cottage. A well-placed source told the Mail: "The final figure is excellent value for money for the taxpayer. "Whilst the £2.4million has covered the basic renovations costs, the couple have spent £250,000 so far ensuring that the highest standards are met inside the property.
"Security for the couple is of the utmost importance and a large scale planting programme worth up to £20,000 is proposed to shield the property from the public eye." Plans are reportedly being discusses to install a badminton or tennis court at the couple's Windsor home. There are also said to be plans for exterior painting and landscaping, the installation of security lights and the planting of £20,000-worth of fast-growing shrubs and trees. The couple have been criticised for the decision to move to Frogmore.
Former transport secretary Lord Adonis said: "It is disappointing to see royal spending rise so sharply when school budgets are being cut and austerity remains the norm for most public services. "I hugely admire the Queen, but the Royal Family should lead by example... the big increase in royal spending would otherwise go to public services like education." Harry and Meghan moved from Kensington Palace to Frogmore Cottage, on the Queen's Windsor estate, in March amid reports of a rift with their neighbours, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.Read More