Even though Meghan Markle and Prince Harry no longer live in the U.K., they are still paying rent at their Frogmore Cottage home, a new report revealed.
The couple — who lived at the property before relocating to California — paid $3.3 million to the royal family in September 2020, and this payment covered rent and renovations. The cottage remains licensed to the pair until March 31, 2022.
"The payment covers all their current obligations," Sir Michael Stevens, Keeper of the Privy Purse, said on Wednesday, June 23, when speaking about the royal family's finances.
"We are confident that it represents a good outcome," he added about the payment. "The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have made a substantial contribution to the Sovereign Grant that covered the refurbishment costs of Frogmore Cottage."
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Stevens said that less people traveled to the U.K. in the past year. "It should also be remembered also that this payment has come in the current year at a time where our supplementary income has reduced dramatically," he said. "[Harry and Meghan's payment] has helped to offset the reduction that we would have seen."
Harry and Meghan lived at Frogmore Cottage with their son, Archie, until March 31, 2020. They paid five month's rent on the property before providing the lump sum of $3.3 million.
Ever since Meghan and Harry moved to the West Coast, Princess Eugenie and her husband, Jack Brooksbank, have taken over.
Now, since the dad-of-two will be returning home for Princess Diana's statue unveiling, he will stay with his cousin.
“Eugenie and Jack were handed the keys last year and told they could use it while Harry and Meghan were in America," an insider said. “The cottage is now literally split into two, meaning Harry can isolate in one half of the house without ever coming into contact with his cousin and her family. It has been set up for his return after last-minute plans seemed to work when he was back for the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral in April.”