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Queen news: Queen’s controversial wedding gift for Meghan and Harry | Royal | News

The Queen gifted her grandson and Meghan a house on their wedding day to symbolise the start to their new family life. Frogmore Cottage is a 19th Century Grade II-listed mansion located near Windsor Castle.
According to a Kensington Palace spokesman, the spot was a “very special” attach for the royal couple.
But before moving in, the couple had the whole building refurbished in renovation that cost the taxpayer £2.4million.
The refurbishment was paid for through the Sovereign Grant, a sum of money the Government gives the Monarch every year.
Interior designer Vicky Charles was in charge of the incredible renovation work that personalised the building into Harry and Meghan’s homes, with a nursery and yoga studio included.

Queen’s impressive but controversial wedding gift for Meghan and Harry
Queen’s impressive but controversial wedding gift for Meghan and Harry (Image: Getty)
Ms Charles’ previous work includes Soho Farmhouse, one of Meghan and Harry’s favourite places and where Meghan is thought to have spent her hen do.
She spoke in 2016 of the creation of Soho Farmhouse’s interiors and her creative process behind the famous celebrity hangout.
She said: “The building starts every design process. We spend a lot of time walking the floors, feeling it and photographing all the original finishes.
“I think it's going to get a bit richer - more vibrant, more pattern, more layers, more decorating.
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The controversial mansion is located in Windsor
The controversial mansion is located in Windsor (Image: Getty)
“The neutrals and the industrial greys are kind of done. But the practical nature of a room comes first.
“It doesn't matter how beautiful a chair is, if it's uncomfortable, it will never work.”
But Frogmore Cottage saw itself at the centre of a huge debate when Harry and Meghan decided to step back as senior royals.
When the couple announced they decided to quit their royal duties and open funding themselves privately, they added that they intended to keep Frogmore Cottade as their base in the UK.

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Frogmore Cottage saw itself at the centre of a huge debate when Harry and Meghan decided to step back as senior royals
Frogmore Cottage saw itself at the centre of a huge debate when Harry and Meghan decided to step back as senior royals (Image: Getty)
In a statement on the Sussex Royal website, they said: "The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will halt to use Frogmore Cottage as their official residence as they continue to support the Monarchy, and so that their family will always have a attach to call home in the United Kingdom."
The announcement was widely criticised as some did not agree with the couple keeping the residence, which was refurbished thanks to taxpayer funds.
After the famous “Megxit” talks, the couple offered to return the money spent on the cottage’s interiors.
In addition to the millionaire sum, Harry and Meghan could be forced to pay an exorbitant amount of rent for Frogmore House while living in California.
The Queen clarified that the royal couple should maintain Frogmore Cottage in their “Megxit” deal as she believed they might not otherwise come back to the UK, according to Daily Mail’s reports at the time.
The Queen clarified that the royal couple should maintain Frogmore Cottage in their 'Megxit' deal
The Queen clarified that the royal couple should own Frogmore Cottage in their 'Megxit' deal (Image: Getty)
A source told the Mail: "It is very telling that the Queen makes certain [in her statement] that she has given them a home on her favourite estate and that they are going to keep it.
“She wants them to have a family home in the UK.
"But they were constantly being beaten up about the cost of the Frogmore renovations.
“So there was no hesitation in their mind of offering to pay the money back in order to be free of any public obligations."
In a statement released by the Queen after the deal, she said: "The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have shared their wish to repay Sovereign Grant expenditure for the refurbishment of Frogmore Cottage, which will remain their UK family home."
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