Rumours swirled around just how the Duke and Duchess of Sussex would make Frogmore their own. It was whispered they would install a personal yoga studio (that sadly didn’t happen!). They were also said to be using vegan paint and making plenty of redecorations fo their new home. Now, a Buckingham Palace source has told People the five-bedroom home is “substantially complete.”
The couple put the finishing touches on the inside of the house just in time for royal baby Archie Harrison’s adorable arrival on May 6. After soundproofing the home, triple glazing their windows, installing an $86,000 green energy unit and more, it was time to tend to the outside.
Harry and Meghan switched up the exterior doors, windows and walls, and even upgraded some of their outdoor buildings, according to the source. Meghan is known for her green thumb and love of blooms, so it would be no surprise if the couple also re-landscaped their gardens and also added some extra lighting.
On Monday (June 24), the Palace shared in publically released figures that the overall cost was around $4 million, with “anything moveable” (including their gardens) being paid for by the new parents themselves.
“If a member of the royal family says, ‘We want a better kitchen than you’re prepared to provide with public money,’ then that would fall to them privately and they would have to meet the cost,” the source told People. “If they want that higher specification, they have to pay the extra.”
Naturally, the mid-1800s cottage had to have much of its ceiling beams and floor joists replaced.
“The heating systems were outdated and inefficient and were not to the environmental standards that we would expect today,” the source said.
The Sussexes are both very passionate about environmental conservation, so it sounds like they made sure their home would leave the smallest carbon footprint possible – and likely used no plastic!
“The electrical system also needed to be substantially replaced and rewired, even extending to the establishment of a separate upgraded electrical substation, which was in addition to the main works on the property,” the source told the publication. “And new gas and water mains had to be introduced to the property, replacing the five separate links that were there for the property before and were in a bad state of repair.”
Meghan has a penchant for interior design, so it’s no surprise the new mom reportedly enlisted the help of Soho House’s interior designer Vicky Charles to create the home of her dreams. It’s also a romantic nod to the early days of Harry and Meghan’s relationship, when they used to frequent the private members’ club for low-key dates.