Harry and Meghan £2.4m repayment deal 'revealed'

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex could afford to start paying off their £2.4million bill for Frogmore Cottage only after Prince Charles agreed to foot their astronomical security costs in the US. Harry and Meghan pledged to reimburse taxpayers for renovating their briefly lived-in Windsor home, which they have insisted on keeping as a British base despite their move to Los Angeles, as part of their deal to quit as working royals. But they were left apparently cash-strapped after being unexpectedly stripped of their Metropolitan Police security team following their decision to relocate to North America earlier this year, says a source. Harry, in particular, had believed ‘up until the very last minute’ that he would be allowed to keep them because of his position in the order of succession and the threat to him as a former frontline Army officer. But the issue became a political football after the authorities in Canada, where they were living at the time, made clear they would no longer support Britain in providing round-the-clock protection after the couple stood down as working royals.  The Sussexes’ decision to flee to LA, which made the situation even more complicated and costly, saw the Home Secretary step in, forcing them to back down. Its balcony is one of the most famous in the world, which sees the royals making customary appearances on special occasions. A few of the palace attractions include the Nijubashi bridge, the Suwano tea house and the Nippon Budokan hall. Also worth visiting is the Museum of Imperial Collections that houses rare artworks and historical artifacts. Among the many highlights of the castle, visitors should explore the St George’s Chapel, which remains one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture. It has been the location of several royal weddings, including Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (pictured). Originally known as Nottingham House, William III bought the mansion in 1689 and commissioned Christopher Wren to renovate it. Its attractions include splendid salons from different centuries, an expansive Baroque park, a palace theater and a Chinese Pavilion. One wing of the palace houses guest quarters while the main building is used for public functions and entertainment. Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, host close to 8,000 guests here during the Holyrood Week every year. A visit here would include witnessing the beautiful plasterwork ceilings of the State Apartments, the Throne Room, Mary, Queen of Scots’ chambers and the Holyrood Abbey. Another highlight is the Great Gallery, the largest room in the palace, which is replete with portraits of real and legendary kings of Scotland. (Pictured) Queen Elizabeth II (R) meets Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon at the palace on July 3, 2019. Home of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, the cottage is nestled within the grounds of the grand Frogmore House in Windsor. It is believed that the historic house was used as a residence by members of the royal household staff since World War II. Other previous residents include Abdul Karim, Queen Victoria’s teacher of Urdu and Indian affairs, and Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna of Russia. Located in Oslo, the palace is one of the many residences of the royal family and plays host to important official functions. The aristocratic townhouse in London is the official residence of Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. The royal residence was designed by John Nash for Prince William Henry, Duke of Clarence, between 1825-27. The complex comprises four different palaces that were built by four noble families in the 18th century under orders from King Frederick V. It is considered a great example of Rococo architecture. Amalienborg is known for changing of the Royal Guard – known as Den Kongelige Livgarde – that takes place at noon every day. The palace sits pretty amidst a pedestrian boulevard that is lined with manicured garden beds and marbled government buildings. The Sussexes are said to be paying monthly instalments of almost £18,000 – a combination of rent for the property and an unspecified payment towards the building costs. Shedding light on the deal, a source told the Daily Mail: ‘They had fully expected that British taxpayers would continue to foot the bill for their protection but then the rug was pulled from under their feet and they had to ask Prince Charles to step in. But it would have meant them coming out of the garden and being seen, which she didn’t like.’ A source who knows the couple well said: ‘They felt that Frogmore and the money spent on it was no different from any other arrangement involving the main home of a member of the Royal Family.

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