Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan are reportedly spending as much as $three.eight million to extensively renovate their new residence, Frogmore Cottage, in Windsor, England, forward of their first little one’s arrival within the spring.
The Instances reported on Friday, January 11, that the royal couple are spending a small fortune to transform the Grade II listed property situated close to Windsor Citadel from 5 residences right into a household residence.
Planning paperwork revealed by Windsor and Maidenhead council revealed the renovation will embody a inexperienced vitality unit costing greater than $60,000 to supply heating and sizzling water for the home. The couple are additionally planning so as to add fireplaces, staircases and a floating ground however will maintain the unique floorboards and shutters.
Kensington Palace introduced in November that the royals are transferring from their present residence at Nottingham Cottage in London to Windsor.
“There are 10 bedrooms, and the cottage does want some updating and renovations,” the insider stated. “It’s a lot greater than Nottingham Cottage, which solely had two bedrooms and was very tight.”
A supply instructed The Instances that the refurbishment of the home — which had most just lately been used as workers quarters — is predicted to value between $2.5 million and $three.eight million and can embody security measures that can make the house very protected and safe, “like Fort Knox.”
The renovations are costing greater than the $1.9 million Prince William and Duchess Kate spent renovating their Norfolk residence, Anmer Corridor, however that’s as a result of “Frogmore Cottage is in an especially run-down situation and is needing numerous TLC and heavy restoration to carry it as much as commonplace forward of the duke and duchess’s moving-in date,” the supply instructed the newspaper.
The insider added that the pregnant former Fits star has been in common contact with the staff engaged on the undertaking. Whereas the conservation work is being funded by British taxpayers within the type of the sovereign grant, the couple, who wed final Could, are paying for the fixtures and fittings.