The couple updated their Berkshire home when they were living in the UK, but faced criticism from some taxpayers over the use of the Sovereign Grant. Upon moving to the US, they were planning to pay back the money over a period of time - but their new Netflix deal has seemingly allowed them to pay it in one go.
A spokesperson for the couple 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...."
The property will, however, remain a UK residence for Prince Harry and his family.
A source told Vanity Fair that they are “very relieved and very pleased” to have been able to pay off the debt so quickly. “This has been a pro-active step and something they wanted to do from the outset,” said the source. “There was no requirement [from the Queen] for them to pay the money back but it was important to them that they did, and after the Netflix deal they were in a position to do so. I think this is quite a significant moment for them. They’re now in their forever home, it’s the start of their new life and they’re very much looking forward to everything that’s about to come.”
The couple's multi-year Netflix deal will allow them to create a range of programmes encompassing documentaries, docu-series, feature films, scripted shows and children's programming.
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