The Duke and Duchess of Sussex lived at Frogmore Cottage with 2-year-old son Archie before the duo stepped back from their senior royal duties last year and moved to the U.S. Regardless of their move over the pond, the estate — which the couple moved into shortly before welcoming their first child — remains licensed to Harry and Meghan until March 31, 2022, it was reported.
Last September, the couple — who welcomed daughter Lilibet Diana earlier this month — reportedly paid the rent of the 10-bedroom home up until next year, with a reported $3.3 million payment made to the royal family. The payment was initially thought to only cover the cost of refurbishing the abode in the ground of Windsor Castle.
However, Sir Michael Stevens, Keeper of the Privy Purse, confirmed on Wednesday, June 23, that "the payment covers all their current obligations."
"We are confident that it represents a good outcome," he added of the pricey payment. Harry and Meghan handed over the millions of dollars as part of their plan to become financially independent following their royal exit, dubbed Megxit.
"The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have made a substantial contribution to the Sovereign Grant that covered the refurbishment costs of Frogmore Cottage," Stevens shared at the launch of an annual report into the Sovereign Grant, a system designed to finance the royal family's public duties.
Stevens also noted that their payment came at a time when tourism had fallen 53% due to the COVID-19 pandemic. "[Harry and Meghan's payment] has helped to offset the reduction that we would have seen," he insisted.
Harry returned to the couple's former estate when he used it to quarantine ahead of Prince Philip's April funeral. The red-headed prince is also expected to quarantine at the secluded home when he returns to the U.K. for the July 1 unveiling of the late Princess Diana's statue on what would have been her 60th birthday.