By Stacey Leasca
June 25, 2019
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle finally finished renovations to their forever home at Frogmore Cottage.

Just prior to their wedding in 2018, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced they’d be moving to Windsor to set up shop at Frogmore Cottage, a home first built in the mid-1800s. However, due to the home’s age, it required extensive renovations before the couple and their new baby Archie could really move in.

Immediately after the couple announced their move, renovation rumors quickly began to circulate. They included a gender-neutral nursery for their child, a yoga studio, and more modernization work. However, the couple finally revealed the extent of their renovations and apparently the rumors were all wrong the entire time.

“It’s substantially completed,” a Buckingham Palace source told People about the five-bed home. According to the palace, the renovations to the home cost taxpayers somewhere around $3 million. However, anything movable in the interior and exterior of the home was paid for by Harry and Meghan.

“All fixtures and fittings were paid for by their Royal Highnesses,” the source added. “Curtains, furnishings — all that would be paid separately, paid privately.”

Additionally, People noted, anything deemed “too expensive” for the public had to be paid for out of pocket. Those expenses include an upgraded kitchen, bathroom, or new flooring.

“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 noted. “If they want that higher specification, they have to pay the extra.”

So what made it into the renovations and what didn’t?

According to the source, the couple had to replace beams in the ceiling that were rotting through, a new gas and heating system were added, and of course, a nursery was put in place. However, that rumored yoga studio was simply not true. Sorry baby Archie, you’ll just have to do yoga in the living room like the rest of us.

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