The royal couple who tries to act like they’re down with the commoner cause is sparing no expense on their new home. Prince Harry and wife Meghan spent $3 million (in U.S. dollars) of taxpayer funds to renovate Frogmore Cottage. That’s more than $1 million over the initial estimate of $1.9 million.

Cost overruns are fairly common in renovations, it’s true. However, it’s especially galling that two independently wealthy individuals used dollars forcibly taken from their citizens to pay for them.

The final bill is estimated to be around $3.8 million in U.S. dollars.

Harry and Meghan moved from their shared Kensington Palace residence with William and Kate in April following reports of conflicts between the two couples. But the wedding gift from Queen Elizabeth needed a “substantial overhaul” which included new wiring and heating systems, and utility upgrades. Thanks, Grandma?

Beyond those upgrades, Harry and Meghan decided to hire pricey interior designer Vicky Charles to overhaul the kitchen and bathrooms, including closets and storage areas. Although, the couple at least paid for their own fixtures.

But, of course, the public picked up the tab for the eco-friendly, toxin-free and vegan paint Meghan chose.

Brits aren’t happy.

The bankrolling of the Royal Family by taxpayers has long been a contentious issue in modern Britain. The Queen and her progeny cost taxpayers $105 million in 2018/19.

One political pressure group, Republic, called the expenditures a “blatant misuse of public money.”

“This year’s increases are outrageous at a time of widespread spending cuts,” Republic’s Graham Smith said. “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 £2.4million at a new house for Harry.”

Did Frogmore really need all that work?

The Keeper of the Privy Purse, Sir Michael Stevens, defended the renovations of the five-bedroom home when the figures were made public.

“The property had not been the subject of work for some years and had already been earmarked for renovation,” he explained.

“The building was returned to a single residence and outdated infrastructure was replaced to guarantee the long-term future of the property,” Stevens continued. “Substantially all fixtures and fittings were paid for by Their Royal Highnesses.”

Oh, well, then. Surely that will make everyone paying their taxes sleep better at night.

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