MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry are undergoing a huge refurb of their Frogmore Cottage home that could cost taxpayers a whopping £3million.
But the royal couple may also splash out on a second home in the sun – where Archie can spend summer holidays.
The royal couple are currently undergoing a huge refurb of their Frogmore Cottage home[/caption]
The Sun’s royal correspondent Emily Andrews believes the new parents will buy a place in LA, so Archie can see more of Meghan’s mum Doria.
They are likely to be spending more time in the US because Prince Harry is teaming up with Oprah Winfrey on a new TV series about mental health.
Emily told Yahoo’s The Royal Box: “This project with Oprah, whilst it’s not going to be the first initiative of Sussex Royal, is a big push they are doing in the America market to try and attract donors for their new foundation.
“I think they’ll probably buy somewhere in America – of course, Doria lives in LA.”
Meghan and Harry are likely to be spending more time in the US[/caption]
The couple want Archie to spend more time with grandma Doria, who lives in LA[/caption]
They are also not allowed to speak to Harry or Meghan, or any visiting royals[/caption]
She added: “We know Doria and Meghan are very close, Doria has been a very special and intrinsic part of Archie’s life and it would make sense if they bought someplace out in LA.
“Somewhere where they could go for holidays, school holidays and Doria could stay, too.”
Doria, who is a yoga instructor in LA, is said to have been a “big help” with baby Archie in the weeks after Meghan gave birth in May.
“Doria has been a big help with the baby and the life adjustment,” a source told Us Weekly.
Harry, 34, and Meghan, 37, moved into their Windsor home in April, a month before baby Archie Harrison was born.
The refurb of their Frogmore Cottage home has so far cost taxpayers a whopping £2.4million.
But it’s thought the overall cost will be closer to £3million by the time the work is completed.
Royal accounts show work on the couple’s home has so far cost the public far more than original estimates, sparking fury from campaigners.
Their five-bedroom property — a gift from the Queen — is said to have required a “substantial overhaul” before they were able to move in, including new heating, wiring and utilities.
But the public also coughed up for the kitchen, bathrooms and even fitted wardrobes and storage, as well as a renowned interior designer.
It’s also been revealed that Harry and Meghan’s neighbours have been warned by royal flunkies not to talk to the couple or ask to see baby Archie.
They must even avoid stroking the pair’s dogs should they bound over.
The astonishing “do and don’t commandments” were issued at a residents’ meeting.
Flunkies issued the list of dos and don’ts for people living near the couple’s new Frogmore Cottage home on the Windsor estate.
Locals have been told:
- Don’t approach or instigate conversation if you see the Royal couple
- Do say ‘Good Morning’ or some other pleasantry if they speak to you
- Don’t pet or stroke their dogs, even if they come over to you
- Don’t offer to walk their dogs
- Don’t ask to see baby Archie or offer to babysit
- Don’t post anything through the letterbox of Frogmore Cottage
They include royal staff, officials who live in grace-and-favour houses and Crown Estate employees.
Buckingham Palace last night insisted the request had come from an “overly protective palace official” — without Harry and Meghan’s knowledge.
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A spokesman for Buckingham Palace said: “The Duke and Duchess had no knowledge of this briefing and no involvement in the concept or the content.
“This was a well-intentioned briefing to help a small local community know how to welcome two new residents and help them with any potential encounter.
“There was no handout or letter. The talk was undertaken by a local manager and was widely viewed as being well received.”
The Sussexes have already faced criticism for spending £2.4m of taxpayers’ cash on a home refurbishment and for keeping details of Archie’s birth private[/caption]
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