Harry and Meghan splashed out £2.4m of YOUR cash on Frogmore Cottage
Revealed: How Harry and Meghan splashed out £2.4m of YOUR cash on Frogmore Cottage as they turned FIVE small homes into one with all new bathrooms, bedrooms and 'floating' kitchen floor
Prince Harry and Meghan have spent £2.4million of public money doing up their Windsor home.
The newlyweds moved out of Kensington Palace this spring amid reports of a rift with his brother William and sister-in-law Kate.
The overhaul of Frogmore Cottage was approved by the Queen, according to accounts released yesterday.
The 19th century property had been converted into five smaller staff houses and needed to be turned back into a single home. Ceilings and floors were replaced along with the addition of new bathrooms, bedrooms and a kitchen.
Critics have called the spending 'outrageous' - but friends of Harry and Meghan, who reportedly used the interior designer used on celebrity hangout Soho Farmhouse in Oxfordshire, insisted today: 'It really isn't as grand as some people might think'.
When the works were planned before baby Archie arrived, experts predicted it could cost taxpayers as much as £3million but the royal couple's team insisted it was likely to be nearer 'half that'.
But given that the project is still not complete – exterior painting and landscaping still needs to be done – it will cost well in excess of the £2.4million revealed in the latest accounts.
Sources close to the Sussexes stressed last night that reports of the couple building a yoga studio or a mother-and-baby yoga room complete with a 'floating' or sprung wooden floor in the cottage were incorrect.
The only 'floating floor', which emerged in plans submitted to the local council, was a specific requirement from the planners and relates to the main kitchen area to protect an old floor.
Critics blast the 'outrageous' cost of revamping Frogmore House by Harry and Meghan
Major renovations at the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's home near Windsor have been branded 'outrageous' after it emerged that the work cost the taxpayer £2.4 million.
Graham Smith, from the Republic campaign group, noted that the money spent on Frogmore Cottage was part of an increase in overall expenditure by the royals.
'This year's increases are outrageous at a time of widespread spending cuts. If even one school or hospital is facing cuts we cannot justify spending a penny on the royals. Yet with all public services under intense financial pressure we throw £2.4 million at a new house for Harry,' he told the Sun.
Mr Smith compared the renovation bill with a charity's funding of a centre for military veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
'A charity spent £2.4 million on a support centre for marines suffering PTSD. The taxpayers then spent the same amount on a luxury private home for Harry and Meghan,' he tweeted, while linking to an article on the construction of a support hub for Royal Marines in Lympstone, Devon.
Mark Delaney, 57, a builder and decorator who is homeless in Windsor, said the taxpayer cash could have been used for the benefit of those most marginalised.
'That money could have been used to transform the empty buildings in Windsor into places for the homeless to sleep. There are scores of empty rooms in Windsor Castle,' he told the Daily Mirror.