The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have paid £250 000 (R4.3 million) towards the refurbishment of their new home – on top of £2.4 million from taxpayers.
The couple are understood to have spent their money on fixtures and fittings at Frogmore Cottage, including "fine furnishings" for a kitchen, living room and nursery for baby Archie, while the cost to the public purse may hit £3m.
Royal officials in charge of the project at Windsor, which involved knocking five separate houses into one larger residence for the couple, set Harry and Meghan a strict budget for the works, which included basic kitchens, bathrooms, floors and wardrobes. If the couple wanted more upmarket or bespoke items, they were asked to pay for them
Sources have revealed work is continuing over the British summer, including exterior painting and landscaping, the installation of security lights and the planting of £20 000-worth of fast-growing shrubs and trees to seclude the cottage. Plans are being discussed for a badminton or tennis court.