The Sussexes are now paying a monthly ‘rent’ on Frogmore Cottage


There are so many dumb stories about Prince Harry being “lonely” and “rudderless” since moving to LA with his wife and child. All of those stories come from bitter British tabloids and royal reporters who act like jilted lovers trying to convince themselves that their ex isn’t happy. Besides, most people are lonely these days in lockdown – most of us haven’t spent time with friends or gone out to dinner or a party in months. But here’s something I didn’t even think about before now: there’s a sizeable British expatriate community in LA. Harry probably already knows some of the British people who live in LA. Including Adele?

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have made one good friend in Los Angles, fellow Brit Adele. Adele, 32, lives a few minutes away from the duo’s new home in Beverly Hills, and the singer often stops by to say hello and gives Harry, 35, and Meghan, 38, advice about living in LA, reported the Daily Mirror.

“Adele’s just five minutes from Harry and Meghan and they’ve swapped notes on the area. Adele loves the neighborhood. She’s also recommended her four-year-old son Angelo’s pre-school and discreet places to take Archie where they won’t be bombarded by fans,” a source told the Mirror. “All three of them get on so well. Meghan admires how Adele has managed to keep out of the spotlight despite being a huge star. And she is a big fan of her album 21, which she says helped her through her divorce from Trevor Engelson.”

[From Page Six]

Yes, because lord help the monarchy if Harry develops a group of American friends! No, British people have to be friends with British people, those are the rules! In any case, this just sounds like another desperate attempt to “put” the Sussexes with various celebrities. Whatever happened to Meghan and Harry’s deep friendships with Oprah, or Gayle King? Now Adele is the one.

Meanwhile, did you hear that Meghan and Harry are now paying some kind of “rent” on Frogmore Cottage?

Frogmore stands empty as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex remain happily ensconced in their £14.5million, 12-bedroom villa – 5,400 miles away in Hollywood – where they are living rent-free. Frogmore stands empty as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex remain happily ensconced in their £14.5million, 12-bedroom villa – 5,400 miles away in Hollywood – where they are living rent-free.

Although Harry offered to repay the cost as part of the ‘Megxit’ arrangements, officials were baffled at how he could ever do so. But now The Mail on Sunday can reveal that it has been quietly arranged for the couple to start paying rent on the property, beginning last month. Meghan and Harry are now paying just shy of £18,000 a month to keep Frogmore as their official British base.

It is being described as a ‘rental-plus’ agreement in which they pay more than what the commercial rate would be, enabling them to pay down those building costs with the excess. When the Sussexes dramatically quit royal duties in January, Palace officials said the couple would repay that taxpayer-funded Sovereign Grant expenditure ‘and meet the running costs going forward.’

[From The Daily Mail]

This is so f–king stupid. The Queen never made the Cambridges pay rent on Kensington Palace Apartment 1 during the years they barely used it, even though it had been renovated at great expense by the taxpayer too. The Queen still doesn’t make Andrew pay rent on the Royal Lodge – which is a huge mansion in Windsor – even though he stepped down from royal work. But sure, Meghan and Harry have got to pay, massive eyeroll. I hope that in their “one year review,” they say “actually, f–k your cottage, we’re not paying for that sh-t anymore, it’s not our fault you gave us a teardown.”

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  1. Nic919 says:

    Right now they are all just doing zoom calls so what exactly are the “working royals” doing that warrants them not paying rent ?

    • Silas says:

      And where is the part-time rent during all those years of being a part-time royal?

      Andrew definitely should be paying more. He pays the equivalent of 250 pounds a week for a mansion with multiple cottages. No pretending ignorance on that one for the Queen.

      • Nahema says:

        It’s so gross that Andrew even gets to live there. He totally should be paying rent! Anyway I think that Harry & Meghan paying rent is just to pay back the taxpayers for the work that was done on the property, rather than anything else. I might be wrong but I believe they chose to pay it back to stop people criticising the fact they had all that work done and now don’t want to live there?

        It’s probably safe to assume the payments are coming indirectly from Charles anyway.

      • Abena Asantewaa says:

        What a ridiculous story, about Adele, a Brit in LA, is the one who is going to advise Meghan, born and bred, educated in LA, worked in LA where to hang out, or which nursery to send Archie? I don’t buy that. I think The Sussexes offered to pay the 2.4m, to shut up the likes of The Daily Mail &Co. It is sad, that they were manipulated into paying for Frogmore. H&M have always said, they would spend half of their time in UK and North America, so I am glad they will be keeping Frogmore as their UK home, because it has a good security system in place, because The Queen lives on the same vicinity as. They have the smallest (5bedroom house), compared to; Bagshot; The Wessexes, Andrew’s , Amner Hall and KP, Appt 1A. Gatcombe etc. The Sussexes are really treated like the stepchild. However, posterity will judge them right, they are on the good side of History. There will be a big storm after the Queen dies. The Monarchy will still be in olace, but not as we know it. H&M are on the right path, it may not seem clear, but it is for the best.

    • Snappyfish says:

      The whole story of rent is BS. They were given the cottage by HM. The renovation is what cost money & Charles paid back the taxpayer funded portion of the renovation. This is just fiction. Frogmore is their UK home & will remain that way until they decide it no longer is. Harry’s father is the heir to the throne & basically the de facto Monarch. This story, in my opinion, is on the same level as “I had Elvis’ Ghost’s baby” on some News of the World supermarket rag.

      I also think (I know it will be wildly unpopular) the Sussexes will return to the UK when Charles is on the throne. I think that was why a “1 year review” was added to the mix.

      • BayTampaBay says:

        “I know it will be wildly unpopular”

        @SnappyFish – I always thought the Sussexes would return when Charles III was on the throne too. You are not alone.

        You could never be as unpopular at Celebitchy as I am at the moment due to my comments on Lady Colin Campbell. LOL! LOL! I plan to redeem myself with comments on the next “Rose Who?” thread.

      • Snappyfish says:

        @BayTampaBay 🙂 thx. I have been here for a really long time so it’s interesting to watch the progression of the site. I think everyone’s comments are valid, especially the ones that might differ from the majority!! Shows you are Brave!!

      • ABritGuest says:

        I could see it possibly being helpful to step back from full time duties for a period of time for some solace similar to what William& Kate had in Wales. Maybe remove themselves from current hostility& see if things have calmed down in a few years by time Charles is king. I do think part of rivalry issue in press is that Cambridges only stepped up as senior royals recently around same time Meghan was joining family whereas maybe if they had been established in roles longer perhaps everyone would have felt more secure.

        Charles isn’t popular so sure he would want both popular sons supporting his reign. But not sure Harry’s position on rota will change& Charles’ reign will likely requires lot of press endorsement . Also if possibility they would want Sussexes back, not clear why Palace is still coming across quite hostile or sending out all those Harry’s welcome back alone messages- what’s the point of 1 year review if not exactly making it an attractive position to come back to?

  2. S808 says:

    Yeah, I wouldn’t have given them a cent nor payed for the reno if I were in their shoes. It’s not like it’s a rent to own. Folks were just crying about it cause it’s where the biracial princess was living.

  3. Mumbles says:

    In “Truth or Dare”, Madonna mocked the perception that all famous people are friends with each other. That’s what I thought of when I saw those Fail headlines about Adele and the Sussexes. She’s been in the news because of her weight loss and it’s as if someone there thought, hey, she’s English, she’s in California, let’s say they’re friends.

    • Em says:

      I think while they may not be friends they know each other. In one of the hubb kitchen photos Adele was with Meghan and Harry During a private visit

  4. Silas says:

    When Meghan left Trevor, she took only the Vitamix. It’s hard to fight someone who just gives in and lets you win so they can leave. The BRF is certainly trying to keep some control of the Sussexes. Who has to pay back a gift and one that had been left in such disrepair?

    The BRF is desperate to be the victims in this. They haven’t issued one word of support for the Sussexes against the harassement. Instead, it’s Harry who had to give a statement of support for William about not being bullied. That needs to be a major part of every story about the brothers reconciling. William is totally blameless! Here’s the proof he made sure to get from Harry!

  5. pineapple says:

    This family … blech. The Queen and Charles could BOTH cover this expense for Harry, they are both quite, quite wealthy. His Grandmother and his Father. Neither does? That is ridiculous. Blech. Rudderless? I think his rudder was pointed in a perfectly fine direction.

  6. Harla says:

    I sincerely hope that once Frogmore is “paid off” Harry and Meghan give it up and get a place of their own, completely outside the royal family.

    And yeah, tell me more about how Andrew is repaying the 7 million spend refurbishing Royal Lodge or the 250 a week rent he pays.

    Prince/Princess Michael of Kent only paid a peppercorn amount of rent on their place in KP, with the Queen covering the rest but they’re charging H&M how much??? This is really petty even for Petty Betty.

    • Sarah says:

      Prince Andrew has a 75 year legal lease on the Royal Lodge. Unless he voluntarily gives it up there is absolutely nothing the Royal Family can do about it (not that I think that QE would do anything). The position is not comparable. For the Michaels, it was a big scandal that they weren’t paying rent and that was why the Queen stepped in and paid it. I wouldn’t be surprised if Charles is paying for H and M.

      • Em says:

        Andrew is paid 1 million for 75 years, and why do you think Charles is paying for them? They paid for the furnishings themselves, most of the clothes/shoes Meghan wore she had them before. I really don’t think Harry has been siting idle and not investing any money he has come across even Meghan too. Plus as he is on the board of sentable and Invictus he must have been getting a salary plus his army salary . While Charles might be contributing I don’t really think he’s paying for everything and the sussexes are flat out broke.

      • Melissa says:

        Of course he is. The pandemic most assuredly put a damper on their plans to become financially independent. This isn’t a knock, it was just bad timing.

  7. bettyrose says:

    Someone needs to tell fictional Adele from this article to stop breaking quarantine.

  8. Becks1 says:

    I guess there is precedent, don’t other members of the royal family who live in KP pay rent?

    But, considering Will and Kate never lived in KP full time until 2017, and as far as I can tell were never asked to pay rent for that…it looks petty.

  9. Valiantly Varnished says:

    Adele giving them advice about LA? Lol. She’s been there what, five years tops? Meghan was BORN there. I have no doubt that Adele has probably connected with Harry & Meghan but this story is dumb. And every story these British rags write seem to conveniently forget that we are in the middle of a pandemic and no one is “stopping” by people’s houses to visit.
    And the Frogmore cottage rent? Ugh. At every turn the Queen continues to reveal how awful and petty she is.

    • Silas says:

      All the Zoom calls during this pandemic means that Harry and Meghan can network to their heart’s content and no one will be the wiser.

    • Yoyo says:

      Thank you, who ever wrote this is so stupid, hello Meghan was born and raised in LA, her mother still lives there.
      Some of Meghan’s best friends live in LA, at this point I don’t think the Sussexes are looking for new friends, they have trust worthy friends.
      That is why no one knows when they move from point A to point N.

  10. Jay says:

    I love how the author of this piece includes the detail that (fictional) Adele is “teaching” Meghan how to avoid paparazzi and sharing some tips on how to thrive in LA, given that a. Meghan grew up in LA and b. The Sussexes are already really good at going undercover – nobody knew for weeks that they had even moved!
    Just another little dig at Meghan and the visibility of the work she and Harry have been doing, even if it’s not on their own social media. They really don’t like her getting credit for anything, huh?

  11. Lowrider says:

    I hope Harry’s eyes have been open on just how much his family and firm hate him.

  12. Ginger says:

    I hope they give Frogmore back and just stay in a hotel when they go back.

    • lucy2 says:

      That’s what I would do if I were them. I wouldn’t want to be beholden to that mess of a family for anything.
      But of course if they stay in a hotel, the tabloids will claim it’s at the taxpayers expense and how dare they when a perfectly good cottage is there, and if they stay in the cottage, how dare they use that since they gave up royal life?
      They can’t win.

    • Bavarian says:

      that would be more expensive per week than a month of rent. i doubt that.

  13. BayTampaBay says:

    Both Andrew and Edward purchased long term leaseholds on their homes, Royal Lodge and Bagshot Park respectively, from The Crown Estates.

    • L4frimaire says:

      What Andrew pays in rent is a pittance, no where near the actual market value. It’s just a token payment, and think the same for Edward. But as mentioned down thread, I think the Sussexes have no problem paying on Frogmore because they put a lot of personal expense in the home, and they probably don’t want anyone else being given use of it. The thing that constantly stood out the most to justify the nasty news coverage of them was that the taxpayers own them, pay for them, and therefore should have unfettered access to every inch of their lives.

      • Sarah says:

        The Crown Estates had to get sign off from the National Audit Office that the leaseholds on Royal Lodge and Bagshot were value for money, and the justifications for the low rents paid largely has to do with security, renovation costs and running costs for the Crown Estate. The fact that M and H have to pay rent is a non-issue. As soon as they stopped being full time royals, the Crown Estates would have to clear any future use of Frogmore through the National Audit Office so they had to pay rent of some kind (particularly as they didn’t originally pay the renovation costs). It’s not always a conspiracy theory. Anyway, I’m pretty sure the money is coming for the rent is coming from Charles anyway.

      • Em says:

        Andrew paid 1 million for 75 years lease and

      • ABritGuest says:

        Sophie& Edward weren’t working royals when they moved into Bagshot after it was gifted by the Queen& after renovations (including that ministry of defence ended up paying towards) so if being a working royal was critical to use of Crown Estate property, they wouldn’t have been gifted that. Actually good reminder that when they married, the Wessexes weren’t designated to be working royals& Sophie had her PR firm but yet both had use of HRH.

        The Sussexes offered to pay back the reno costs so fair play to them that they seem to be sticking to their word if this article is true. Just unfair that there wouldn’t be this resentment on funds spent on Harry’s family if he had married an ‘English rose’. Plus like they did with other refurbs for royals, the palace would have pushed back on the faux press outrage more& made clear how crown estate refurbishments are financed.

  14. yinyang says:

    Why the hell should they pay rent, when the Brits didnt let them live in a moments peace the two minutes they were there, good for them, but really this so unbelieveably blatantly RACIST no matter how you want to sugar coat it!!!!

  15. incognito08 says:

    Someone please explain to us how Adele is providing Los Angeles native, Meghan of all people, advice about living in the city of her birth.

  16. Belli says:

    Frogmore was listed to be renovated long before Harry and Meghan moved there and they paid for the fittings over and above the structural work. It is absolutely ridiculous that they should pay anything now.

    But, if they volunteered to, I can see why. The £2.4m figure was blasted so far and wide that paying it back allows them to sever another tie. How can the press claim public interest if they’re not working royals, have “paid back” what they were perceived to owe and have privately arranged their own security? It’s another step to being free.

    • Harla says:

      I listened to a pod cast that put forth that same thought, that H&M wanted to pay back the 2.4 so that they would never have to hear about it again. I hope and pray that they will give up Frogmore and get a place that has nothing to do with the family.

    • Bella says:

      + 1
      It’s so unfair, though.

    • crbnftprnt says:

      The renovations had started before the queen offered H&M the use of Frogmore. So she didnt refurbish for them. Like you said H&M paid for all the fixtures and even the landscaping. ridiculous article

  17. Amandine says:

    Hey, I’m french, we killed all our royals in 1789 so…
    Meghan & Harry, as part of the British Royal family got public tax money, which means normal people paying taxes for their luxury lifestyle. Millions on their wedding, millions on their Frogomore house, millions on their protection, one million on her wardrobe
    I would be British, I would ask for a refund on everything, to the last cent

    • MsIam says:

      A refund only from Meghan and Harry or all of the royals that take public money? Because if the issue is freeloading, why single them out?

    • Hope says:

      I like that Meghan’s first year wardrobe cost has now been rounded up to a clean 1 million. Give it a year and the number will magically transform into millions.

      Ask for a refund on Andrew especially seeing as he is universally considered terrible at his job and was essentially fired. Ask for a refund on the Westminster Abbey wedding!

      For that matter, ask for a refund on Eugenie’s wedding because she has never been a working royal.

      The British have this strange financial arrangement with this family. They can look forward to paying for three and counting massive weddings for the Cambridge children. The only difference with the Sussexes is they left instead of being thrown out and the Windsors can’t handle it.

    • Lowrider says:

      @Amandine: Harry and Meghans wedding injected close to a billion pounds into the British economy. How do you propose they get every cent back?

    • Laura says:

      I am french too and I fully agree with you…At first I was a Megan and Harry supporter, now myself and the people around me ( and there are quite a few!) are annoyed with the constant ‘poor me vibes” from them, especially in time of a pandemic. People like the Obama, Michelle especially (though living also in luxury,, unlike the royals or Megan and Harry, deserve it fully as they worked so hard for it!) still are so active in their communities and aware of people daily struggles.

      • Becks1 says:

        How have they given off any “poor me” vibes? They’re working, volunteering, networking.

      • ABritGuest says:

        It’s funny how the royal reporters act like each taxpayer is going to get a rebate when it’s just going to the crown estate. They are addressing every thing held against them& it’s not fair but respect that.

        What have Harry& Meghan said that gives ‘poor me’ vibes during the pandemic? And Meghan worked for her money.

        That £1m clothing figure is fabricated- there was hardly any increase in Prince Charles published expenses from time Meghan joined the family& he was covering her costs compared to previous year.

        Just throwing in the Obamas doesn’t make comments less iffy. Harry& Meghan’s wedding was said to have brought in £1bn for the British economy compared to the £3m spent on security- all the public paid for in relation to the wedding. Funny that nobody has an issue with ex Fergie living rent free in crown estate property let alone Andrew who I’m sure still has publicly funded security. Where are the calls for refunds for public costs towards eg non working royals Peter& Autumn’s wedding now they are splitting? Qwhite interesting

      • Hope says:

        @ABritGuest. Lol, clearly this is why Kate had to do all those rewears. Meghan stole her clothing allowance! That’s why Charles’ expenses didn’t increase.

      • Olenna says:

        Please stop with the mugxit manifesto BS. The only “poor me” vibes associated with the Sussexes are the ones the tabloids and haters have invented and pushed to set their own narrative and to continue the hatefest against the couple.

      • Nic919 says:

        Are you going to comment on Andrew still living high on the hog? You know the guy involved in sex trafficking who has avoided the police and who did an interview basically calling actual victims liars? No let’s just save the “poor me” vibes for the biracial Duchess.

        French or not, these commenters are clearly “plein de merde” in their sincerity about this issue.

      • Emmitt says:

        This is no one but an American Karen making that comment. This person is only throwing in the Obamas so they can’t be accused of being racist.

      • Em says:

        How are they behaving like poor me? They donated 112k pounds to feeding Britain, delivered food personally, raised money for save the children charity, Meghan backed hubb Kitchen which is still delivering meals to NHS hospitals , Meghan’s cake maker and her friend connected with hubb Kitchen to help them. How exactly are they doing poor me? They’ve actually done more than any other royal excluding maybe Sophie in this pandemic. If you don’t see anything good about them you’re probably focusing on the bad and that’s not their fault. They’ve been mostly silent except doing videos for their patronages. They’re not seeking attention, it’s the daily mail that leaked their location and and sent drones to their house. What have the Obama’s done in this pandemic except read stories and give speeches. I mean I like the Obama’s and Michelle said Meghan is her friend. But stop comparing apples to oranges.

      • Bohemian Angel says:

        Great! Now we have racist trolls from France coming here talking BS!!!

    • Em says:

      Would you also ask for refund of everything from Andrew and fergies wedding? Seeing it didn’t work out? Or even from Diana and Charles wedding? Or would you ask for a refund from Eugenies wedding too? Each family pays about 1.60 pounds per head as royal tax. If you ask for each cent back. Meghan and Harry have to collect the approx 1.4 billion pounds injected into the economy during their wedding. Fair trade tbh

    • Em says:

      Where did you get a million on her wardrobe from? Lmaoooo the national enquirer? I hope you know Meghan sometimes rewore the clothes and shoes she had before marrying Harry? I think the most expensive thing was the Oscar de la renta dress she wore in 2018. Royal tax is around 1.69 per person each year so you want them to crucify Meghan for that amount? I don’t think you’re French btw

    • grumpy says:

      If you are French presumably you know that you invited the royals back again and didn’t kill the next lot

      • ennie says:

        YES TO THIS they had several emperors after that, but never mind…
        I have a friend whose long time ancestor was French red, so can I have a say in this?

    • Andrew’s Nemesis says:

      Louis Napoleon, the Shadow Emperor, wasn’t a royal? Riiight. Is France suing his descendants for the money he spent on Harriet, Marguerite and all his other mistresses?
      Or is it only the BRITISH Royals, Harry and Meghan, for whom you have ire?

    • Bella says:

      Taxpayers do not fund the RF.

    • Bavarian says:

      true. I am a fan of the Swedish Approach. Pay for the direct line of succession and everyone else not.

  18. Janet says:

    I thought they offered to pay back the costs rather than being requested to do so. If that’s the case AND they wish to retain the use, this actually sounds like a much more gentle way to do so than one great big lump sum.

  19. Charfromdarock says:

    Sure, Jan.

    Adele is out there breaking quarantine to show her new neighbour around the city she grew up and lived most of her life.

    How long before the Harry leaned on Adele for support and a proper cup of tea in the foreign land and they fell in love rumours start? Is Adele English Rose enough for the royal rota and courtiers?

  20. Yvette says:

    Los Angeles does indeed have a large British population, and some of them bring those wonderful British pubs with them. 🙂 One of my favorite British pubs when I lived in L.A. was on the corner of Santa Monica and 3rd Street on the Promenade (I left L.A. in March 1994 so the Pub may not be there any longer). The Pub owners owned the building that housed the Pub so they could bring over Brits to work in the Pub for 1 to 2 years and, since they owned the building, they were also able to give their British staff a safe place to live (I know this because one of the waitresses and I had a nice chat when she brought out my fish and chips and McEwan’s ale).

    There is also a United Kingdom Consulate in Los Angeles, CA. That might have been a consideration with the move to L.A.

  21. RoyalBlue says:

    ugh. this sounds like when slavery was abolished the slave owners were recompensed for their loss. this is so triggering to me the unfair application of this repayment vs the relative treatment of others. this is why Betty stays petty.

    since when is providing security for a royal wedding conditional on the couple staying in the family. when charles and diana divorced were they expected to repay the security costs? or in the case of the second son Andy, and Sarah?

    • Luciana says:

      @Royalblue, you’re not really comparing Harry and Meghan to freed slaves…are you?

  22. Pillty says:

    None of us know the exact agreement for Meghan and Harry leaving the working royals, but I do wonder why people on both sides seem intent someone got screwed and are still being screwed. Other than when H&M said they wanted to be part time senior royals, I’m not sure I see anything that shows me H&M didn’t get the deal they wanted. Take out the gossip, the reality is H&M want to have a more substantial effect on the world, especially in what is now considered more political. The BRF isn’t that kind of entity. I’m sure after discussions about leaving, both sides realized part time wouldn’t work as it would be hard to separate their public policy activism from the supposed BRF neutrality. Granted some of the royal family do have political and public policy sides they express usually in an insane manner, but none of them their true career is public policy. I believe public activism seems to be where the Sussexes really want to be. Sure Charles has a political point of view with climate change, but when he started climate change wasn’t political. It was just science, oh to remember when.

    I think it’s highly possible it’s H&M who want to pay rent, not they are forced to. I mean Harry, especially as it is his birth home country, probably would want to have access to a safe place if he wanted to go back to Britain for visits. H&M stated they want to be independent from the BRF, and this is a way to do this. I do think based on the way they have sued the tabloid media and their statements, the stories about H&M being hypocritical and using the BRF money has bothered them. I feel they are making sure to not appear as they are using the BRF funds personally. Now the stories still seem to be written, but I do think they are making a concerted effort not to even give the slightest impression of impropriety. I just find it interesting when these stories come up the H&M fans are all look at the how mean the BRF is, instead of wow H&M are really trying hard to be totally independent from the BRF, even during a pandemic. Everything I see and hear from them makes me think it is them making sure they pay their own way, not the family making sure they pay. I think it is important to them to be financially independent, and I applaud them for that.

    • Nic919 says:

      I don’t disagree that Harry probably isn’t being forced to do this. He just wants to move on. The only problem is that there are plenty of other non working royals who are not paying rent at real costs on exclusive property.

    • Sarah says:

      I think this is a really nuanced take. I agree as well, I think there is a lot that H and M are trying to do to get away from any suggestion that they are still public figures associated with the BRF, allowing them both more freedom from press intrusion and freedom to explore public policy agendas.

    • Em says:

      But the royals are right wingers and Meghan was/ is a democrat. Most of the tabloids are Right wing too that’s why the nasty is extra.

    • ABritGuest says:

      I don’t think the royals have been as restrained politically as some make out. The Queen has run interference especially in the Commonwealth. Eg isn’t she always being applauded for opposing Thatcher’s stance on Aparteid? And recently her intervention during the Scottish referendum which most took as wanting to keep union together.

      Anne has been in interviews talking about overkill in health& safety laws& supporting GM food. Andrew criticised British govt serious fraud office investigation into an arms deal with Saudi Arabia. Charles famously had his black spider memos to ministers, has called for changes on agricultural policy when editing Country life&recently he was calling for a green tax before the pandemic kicked off. David Cameron claims that William lobbied him over cuts to ambulance Air Force.

    • Melissa says:

      Very balanced view…but what are we going to talk about if any of that is true?

    • Bavarian says:

      thats what I think too

  23. L4frimaire says:

    The Adele story is another example of pulling a celebrity name out of a hat. We are still in lockdown and LA county’s was extended, so doubt these people with young children are breaking lockdown to get acquainted. Harry and Meghan said they were going to pay back Frogmore and that’s what they’re doing. They shouldn’t have to since it was supposedly a wedding gift and was going to be renovated regardless of the occupant, but it’s just to shut up the taxpayer contingent and appease the haters. As for those complaining, still, about wedding costs, they need to get over it. The alternative would have been a private wedding or a jaunt to the registrars office,, which would have caused nuclear level meltdowns, as we all know, so just shut up. They only care about royal expenditures when it involves HRH Meghan Markle, even when the facts are out there. The Mail maybe got a source from someone in the royals area on the cottage. It seems except for a few weird pleading for Harry articles in the Times/Telegraph , only the blocked tabloids are continually writing about the Sussexes, and nothing is verified. Also, so they are paying right now $18k a month on Frogmore, but everyone thinks they are freeloading off Tyler Perry? How does that make sense?

  24. Sofia says:

    I cannot believe some people (yes just *some*) kicked up such a fuss but those same people are silent about asking the pedo to pay the taxpayers back.

  25. Nita says:

    Emilie Emoe is one of the worst RRs ever; she seems to make up complete stories, no credibly source whatsoever. Definitely when it comes to her reporting regarding Frogmore Cottage and H&M.

    Reminder when she was reporting for The Sun and had to admit lying about her self-constructed ‘Meghan Amendments’? Her lying that Meghan’s baby shower had taken place, even quoted ‘her friends’, but the baby shower actually took plays day later? And her endless made up articles about the costs and items of the refurbishment of FC? She lied about a floating kitchen floor, etc. which don’t exist at FC. (and… her college Dan Wooton lied about Meghan banning Windsor staff from using the car park across FC. Press regulator IPSO forced The SUN to make an apology for that false story).
    Now, she is at it again. Forgmore Cottage seem to bother and trigger her somehow. There are rumors that she was sack by The SUN because of the blunders she made regarding her Harry and Meghan reporting.

    Anyhow, let’s go back to this latest story of hers for her new base the dailyfail. By the optics of this story, her reporting skills surely have not improved; this piece is trash and shady. With this story she proved her poor mat skills: H&M paying back 2.4 Mill pounds in 11 years at the sum of 18.000 pounds monthly payments ? Come on!
    And she can’t even make her mind up weather the money the Sussexes are to pay, is for paying rent or to make pay-back payments and interest. Butt… wait! Interest??? Did H&M took a mortgage for FC? And to who(m) will they be paying that money back. No information on that..
    Also…, there isn’t even ONE (royal /BP) source in this story, or palace (Sussex’s) confirmation of any part of it whatsoever.

    This women is a serial lier. But the most shocking of all is that all the media, local and worldwide, are parroting this story unchecked, don’t even do the mat, or verify with the palace weather or not what she stated in that piece is even close to the truth.

    • Marivic says:

      @Nita. Thank you for reminding us of this big time liar of a non-journalist. Such a fake.

    • Bavarian says:

      yep. I doubt the Palace gives out exact numbers for tiles or light fixtures. I dont get why some of the tabloids just make stuff up….they hurt themselves in the Long run.

  26. Steph says:

    I’m confused about them having to payback the Reno costs. (This isn’t about whether or not tax payers should have footed the cost, that’s a different discussion.) Isn’t the cost of maintenance part of what the government has always covered? Wasn’t Frogmore always in that budget? It wasn’t just a redecorating project, it was unlivable. Market rent makes sense since they aren’t working royals, but I don’t get the payback.

    • BayTampaBay says:

      @Steph, I agree with you. The Sussexes should have to pay market rent. They should not have to pay any renovation cost.

      If they did pay back renovation cost the money would go back to The Crown Estates for QEII to spend on something else not the the British taxpayer by way of the Exchequer. If they pay for the renovations then why would they pay rent instead of getting a deal like Andrew’s and Edward’s?

  27. MA says:

    Adele is friends with them and has worked on Grenfell causes with them so there is a connection. I just laugh that Meghan, who was born and raised in LA, needs a primer from Adele

  28. Lowrider says:

    Meghan Markle, a born and raised Los Angeleno is requesting advice on Los Angeles schooling from a British singer.

    These writers are STUPID!

  29. Mary says:

    Harry and Meghan are the only non-heir senior royals who in recent memory, at their marriage, were not given either outright a home (e.g. , Anne, Andrew (first home)) or a long-term lease paid for by the Queen (Edward, Andrew (second home)). The. Only. Ones.

    Further, as pointed out by others above, these gifts occurred even when the royal was not working as a senior Royal (e g., Edward and Sophie). In previous generations, even minor royals were not charged rent (e.g., at the “Aunt heap” Kensington Palace).

    Meghan and Harry were treated differently from all other royals from day one. If they are indeed being charged rent or made to pay back on the refurbishment costs during the first year (when they are trying to establish their financial independence) the Queen (and Charles) are being really pissy and showing themselves, yet again, as never really having been supportive of the Sussexes.

  30. Mary says:

    Harry and Meghan are the only non-heir senior royals who in recent memory, at their marriage, were not given either outright a home (e.g. , Anne, Andrew (first home)) or a long-term lease paid for by the Queen (Edward, Andrew (second home)). The. Only. Ones.

    Further, as pointed out by others above, these gifts occurred even when the royal was not working as a senior Royal (e g., Edward and Sophie). In previous generations, even minor royals were not charged rent (e.g., at the “Aunt heap” Kensington Palace).

    Meghan and Harry were treated differently from all other senior royals from day one. If they are indeed being charged rent or made to pay back on the refurbishment costs during the first year (when they are trying to establish their financial independence) the Queen (and Charles) are being really pissy and showing themselves, yet again, as never really having been supportive of the Sussexes.

  31. Marivic says:

    PHarry and Meghan shouldn’t have proposed to pay Frogmore. They were taken up on their offer out of spite (and revenge) when they opt to leave the Royal Family. The negotiations were not in their favor. Totally unbalanced. And unfair.

  32. Nancy says:

    Agree that they shouldn’t have agreed to pay rent at Frogmore. Or to pay back (necessary and scheduled!!!) renovation costs. Unbelievable malice from the Queen to ask this of them.