Sir Michael Stevens, Keeper of the Privy Purse released the following statement on behalf of the crown:
"We can confirm that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have vacated Frogmore Cottage. The Duke and Duchess have repaid the expenditure incurred by the Sovereign Grant in relation to the renovation of Frogmore Cottage, thus leaving the Crown with a greatly enhanced asset."
Harry and Meghan have been predominantly living in California since 2020, when they officially stepped back from royal duties.
But they’ve stayed at Frogmore Cottage multiple times since then. Most recently, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex stayed there when they attended the Queen’s funeral in September 2022.
Harry and Meghan also stayed in their UK home in early 2022 when they attended Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee. During that visit, the couple threw their daughter, Lilibet’s first birthday party at Frogmore Cottage.
The cottage went under extensive renovations in 2019 which reportedly cost between AU$3.5million to AU$4million.
However, while the Sovereign Grant (a fund financed by taxpayers that’s used to pay for the royal’s various expenses) initially paid for the renovation, Harry and Meghan paid back these costs out of their own money.
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It’s been reported that King Charles wants Prince Andrew to move into Frogmore Cottage now that Harry and Meghan have officially vacated.
The disgraced younger brother of the King currently lives in the 30-room Royal Lodge in Windsor where he has resided with his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson since the 2002 death of the Queen Mother.
If (and when) Andrew and Sarah move in, they will share the property with their youngest daughter Princess Eugenie, her husband, and their two young children, August and Ernest.
By moving into Frogmore Cottage, the Royal Lodge would then be free for the heir apparent Prince William and his family of five to move into.
Currently, Prince William and his wife Princess Catherine reside at Adelaide Cottage in Windsor.