Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s huge Netflix deal has “forced their hands” into paying back the renovation work on Frogmore Cottage, a royal correspondent has suggested.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex owed £2.4million to taxpayers for renovating the Windsor Castle property and it was announced yesterday that Harry had paid back in full the entire cost of the work to the Sovereign Grant.
The news came just a week after the couple announced they had signed a multi-million pound deal with streaming service Netflix, which will allow them to create content including documentaries, films and kids’ shows.
And Sky News correspondent Rhiannon Mills believes it is no coincidence that the money has been paid so soon after the deal was announced.
Speaking on the show yesterday, she said: “I think the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's hands have been forced this week after it was announced that they'd signed that enormous deal with Netflix.
“Neither Netflix nor Sussexes have said how much money they're making from that deal but it's estimated it could be around £100 million.
“So if they're bringing in that money, it makes sense that they're going to pay this money back to the taxpayer for this home that they still want to keep here in the UK.”
The fees to renovate Frogmore Cottage sparked a fresh wave of controversy earlier this year when the Sussexes said they were stepping back from their roles as senior royals and instead would become self-sufficient.
As Rhiannon noted, though, the pair said they still wanted to keep the home as their main UK residence.
She continued: “Of course, people then said, ‘hang on a minute, the taxpayers' money was used to fund that and if you're no longer going to be working royals, then how exactly is that fair?’”
It comes after it was reported that the Sussexes are now financially independent and are not taking money from Prince Charles.
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