Megxit: What Happens to Frogmore Cottage?

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle recently made a historic announcement, saying they were going to 'step back' from royal duties. The couple has now confirmed that once they have completed their final royal engagements, they will continue to live in Frogmore Cottage.

The cottage belongs to the Queen and will remain the couple’s UK-based residence after they are moved on from performing royal duties. The couple moved into the cottage after the property was renovated and before the couple welcomed the arrival of their first child, Archie.

Another residence in Kensington Palace had been highlighted as a potential home for the Sussexes at that time but renovations works were still underway. 

It is also true that Prince Harry and Meghan had considered costs as a factor in their choice; using Frogmore meant that the cost to the Monarch would be reduced by 50%.

Who Will Foot the Bills?

The Monarchy will remain responsible for the upkeep of the building, as with other historical palaces, but all of the other expenses will fall to the couple. 

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There have been concerns raised that the couple would be living on public funds, however, this is not the case and it is likely that the practicalities of the situation will become clearer over the next few weeks.

The Monarchy is keen to stress that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will always have a home in the United Kingdom, however, the couple has already said that they will divide their time between the UK and North America. 

It remains to be seen how much time they will spend in their Frogmore Cottage home.