People reports that after six months of banging, nailing, bolting, screwing, and whatever other vaguely sexual-sounding contracting terms are out there, the renovations at Frogmore Cottage are finally done. We can all breathe a huge sigh of relief, for Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan won’t have to live in a dilapidated tear-down with mold problems and a roof leaking stinky water into their bedroom. Not that they did in the first place – they’re extremely rich. The renovations happened thanks to a $3 million renovation donation from taxpayers. But don’t worry, taxpayers – you didn’t foot the whole bill. Harry and Meghan generously paid out of pocket for some stuff, like curtains.
Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan left Prince William and Duchess Kate back at Kensington Palace last year and moved to Frogmore Cottage in Windsor. It needed some updates, and so it was fixed up. It was rumored that Frogmore’s facelift would include a nursery for Archie, a gym, and a yoga studio for Meghan. But People says there is no yoga studio.
Frogmore Cottage was completely gutted and rebuilt from the floor up. Apparently Frogmore, which was built in the mid-1800s, was so out of date, they needed to replace a number of defective floor joists and ceiling beams, replace the heating and electrical systems, and completely overhaul the gas and water mains.
They also needed to de-apartment it. A number of years ago, Frogmore was taken from a single-family home and turned into 5 residences. Frogmore is once again one big home. The cost of all that work reportedly adds up to $3 million, which isn’t much when you consider Queen Elizabeth has spent $55 million in taxpayer dollars to fix up her palaces. Harry and Meghan also spent significantly less than Prince William and Duchess Kate did on their renovations, which rang in at almost $5.1 million of taxpayer money.
The $3 million didn’t cover everything. A new kitchen, an upgraded bathroom, drapes, fixtures and fittings, were paid for by Harry and Meghan themselves. They also spent their own money to landscape the cottage.
I highly doubt Harry and Meghan went to IKEA for their new kitchen, so who even knows how much they spent on dragging something like a custom-enameled La Cornue stove out to the sticks. But I thought Harry and Meghan were just regular ol’ normal people? If they really wanted us to believe that, they would have skipped the $3 million+, six months long cottage renovation, and brought in the crew from Trading Spaces. One weekend and $1000, that’s how you do the opposite of spoiled royal. The only downside is that you’d be sure Hildi Santo-Tomas would get literal and cover the front door of Frogmore Cottage with hundreds of plastic frogs.