A spokesman for the Duke of Sussex confirmed Prince Harry has paid back the $3 million of taxpayers’ money he and Meghan Markle used to renovate Frogmore Cottage thanks to the multi-million pound Netflix deal struck by the couple.
Prince Harry had paid the bill in full by making a contribution to the Sovereign Grant, with sources claiming it was the high-profile deal agreed with the streaming giant last week that made the repayment possible.
The couple’s contract with Netflix will see their new yet-to-be-named production company make documentaries, feature films, scripted shows and children’s programming.
A documentary on Princess Diana could be included among the haul, it was claimed over the weekend, though Royal sources have warned it could ‘fuel tensions between Harry and William’.
Harry’s spokesman said: ‘A contribution has been made to the Sovereign Grant by the Duke of Sussex.
‘This contribution as originally offered by Prince Harry has fully covered the necessary renovation costs of Frogmore Cottage, a property of Her Majesty The Queen, and will remain the UK residence of the duke and his family.’
Harry and Meghan agreed to pay back the money as part of the plans drawn up when they quit as senior working royals in March.
The couple faced a public backlash when the cost of refurbishing the Grade-II listed property close to Windsor Castle fell to the taxpayer.
The home, which is owned by the Crown Estate, was a gift from Harry’s grandmother the Queen.
As part of the Netflix deal, the Duke and Duchess said they planned to create programmes that ‘inform but also give hope’ and make ‘impactful content that unlocks action’.
The couple, who are now living in Los Angeles, are expected to concentrate on behind-the-camera roles as producers rather than necessarily star themselves.