Harry and Meghan say they were asked to leave Frogmore Cottage
Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, can no longer call Frogmore Cottage their British home away from home, the couple’s global press secretary has claimed.
“We can confirm that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been asked to vacate their residence at Frogmore Cottage,” Ashley Hansen said in a statement on Wednesday.
The couple moved from the home, which is on the grounds of Windsor Castle, to southern California in 2020 when they stepped down as frontline members of the British royal family.
They then said that Frogmore Cottage would remain their base when visiting the UK
The property, which the BBC says is a 10-bedroom property given to the couple by the late Queen, was originally intended to be their primary residence and has been refurbished for them.
In 2020 they said they had paid back more than $3 million in public funds used to renovate the house. Frogmore’s renovations were among critics’ complaints when the couple quit working as senior royals.
Some critics have accused them of wanting to evade their royal duties while retaining some of the benefits – in particular, living in the historic residence after it was renovated with British taxpayers’ money.
The money was paid back to what is called the Sovereign Grant, which is money generated by a vast state-run real estate empire. The government gives the royal family a slice of money, about $100 million a year, to run their affairs.
Meghan and Harry married in May 2018 and have two children, Archie and Lilibet.
They signed a deal with Netflix in 2020 for an undisclosed amount to produce movies, shows, and documentaries. “Harry & Meghan” debuted in December 2022 to millions of viewers.
Harry continued to speak candidly about his life in the royal family and the media scrutiny of him and Meghan.
“They kicked me out of my country,” Harry told Anderson Cooper on CBS’s “60 Minutes” in January, promoting an explosive memoir filled with revelations.
He has long alleged an unhealthy relationship between the royal family and the British media, as well as blaming photographers for the death of his mother, Princess Diana.
Victoria DiGioacchino, The Associated Press And Henry Austin contributed.
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