Revealed: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Frogmore Cottage Renovations Cost Queen Elizabeth $3 Million. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s new family home is almost ready! After months of renovations, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expected to move into Frogmore Cottage (which is located just down the road from Windsor Castle) ahead of their firstborn’s arrival. According to reports, said renovations cost Queen Elizabeth a pretty penny. That’s right — Her Majesty foot the bill for the project and it reportedly set her back around $3 million. Take a closer look at the Frogmore Cottage renovations, including its most recent $65,000 upgrade, ahead. Frogmore Cottage renovation. Much like many of their other royal residences, Frogmore Cottage was a gift from Queen Elizabeth. The estate home was originally used as housing for Windsor Castle staff and, therefore, split into five separate units. To turn it into Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s dream family home, the couple had to enlist contractors to knock walls down and renovate many facets of the structure. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s new home is much bigger than their current two-bedroom abode at Kensington Palace. Some reports suggest the home has 10 rooms and others say it’s less than that. According to Page Six, the home has five bedrooms. Nonetheless, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s new home is complete with a master bedroom, gym and yoga studio, nursery for Baby Sussex, and a guest room for Meghan Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland. On top of that, it likely includes an office so that the duke and duchess can get work down from home. Like any renovation, the Frogmore Cottage update has had its ups and downs. One issue the couple have faced it the aircraft noise from the nearby Heathrow Airport. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex allegedly opted for $65,000 soundproofing to diffuse the racket. According to The Mirror, 14 flights pass by the home every half hour, many of which are just one mile above the home (some come as close as 1,800 feet). To soundproof their home, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are reportedly using triple-glazed windows, which can not only reduce noise but also prevent heat loss — something they will need during the cooler months. In addition to the soundproofing windows, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have allegedly also spent around $66,000 on a green energy unit. The eco-friendly unit will supply Frogmore Cottage with heat and hot water as well as electricity. How does Queen Elizabeth afford it? Queen Elizabeth receives income in a few ways, including the Sovereign Grant, a sum of money funded by British taxpayers. And, according to the reports, she used money from the grant to cover costs for the Frogmore Cottage renovation. That said, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle had to chip in for some changes. Said changes are unknown, but it’s likely that the queen’s money only covered structural renovations, which is what the Sovereign Grant is for — and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex covered the more cosmetic changes. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s House Renovations: All the Details, Including How Much It Costs. As Prince Harry and Meghan Markle prepare for the arrival of Baby Sussex, the couple are having their Frogmore Cottage home renovated. Will the renovations be finished by the time the baby is born, however? The project has hit some delays and with the baby’s arrival quickly approaching, they might be cutting things close. The couple are facing delays on their home improvements. As home renovation projects go, there have been some delays in getting all of the pieces completed. While the couple was expected to move into Frogmore Cottage this week, things have been delayed another four weeks. With the due date coming up this spring, it’s definitely a race to get things buttoned up in time. A source told The Sun: “it’s been all hands to the pump. The builders have worked all week whatever the weather. But they keep making changes, particularly on the layout.” The source further noted: “The word is they’ve been quite demanding, which is understandable as what homeowner doesn’t want their house to be perfect?” The insider added: “Given the scale of the project, a three or four-week delay isn’t too bad. The couple are pleased with how it’s all going.” What renovations are being done to Frogmore Cottage? Their new house is undergoing significant improvements, including the addition of a yoga studio and a reported “elaborate Gone With the Wind-style double staircase,” as well as new fireplaces in the “principal rooms,” a kitchen dining area, alcove bookcases, and vanity units, the Daily Mail reports. Additionally, security will be boosted to “Fort Knox” levels. According to The Sun, they are also soundproofing the entire home as it’s located near Heathrow Airport, so the noise of the passing jets certainly creates a disturbance, especially with their new baby. Frogmore Cottage was previously broken up into 20 apartments for royal staff but has been converted to five bedrooms. How much do the Frogmore Cottage renovations cost? With so much work to be done to Frogmore Cottage, it’s estimated that the cost falls between $2.5 and $3.8 million. Of course, there’s the debate over who is paying for the home improvements, with the Daily Mail reporting that the building work costs will be covered by the Sovereign Grant, and Harry and Markle will pay for the fixtures, appliances, furniture, and soundproofing. The Sun’s royal correspondent, Emily Andrews, tweeted about the home being a gift from the Queen, noting in a Twitter post: “Instead the Queen has given them Frogmore Cottage in Windsor. It’s within the private Home Park and faces the beautiful grounds of Frogmore House. It’s where they had their private evening wedding party & where their gorgeous engagement pictures were shot.” When is Meghan Markle’s due date? While it’s unclear when the baby will arrive, the big day will be coming soon, based on comments Markle has made recently. Without explicitly revealing a date, Markle has shared some vague details, such as during a visit to Birkenhead, when asked when she was having the baby, she noted, “end of April, early May.” The Frogemore Cottage renovations might not be completed in time but no worries, Harry and Markle will have a place to live, as they’ve reportedly been offered an apartment at Buckingham Palace until their home is ready. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Spent $65K to Soundproof Frogmore Cottage. Renovations of Frogmore Cottage, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s future home, have been extensive as the royal couple prepares for the arrival of their baby next month. ITV News reported that the Duke and Duchess planned to move in this month to give them enough time to settle in before the big due date. Here’s what you should know about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s new digs: The property holds sentimental value for the couple. Meghan and Harry took their engagement photos on the grounds of Frogmore House, and it’s also where they had their private evening wedding party. Now, they’re coming full circle, making Frogmore Cottage their family home. There’s a really sad backstory to the home. According to People, Frogmore Cottage was once home to Queen Victoria’s aide and close friend, Abdul Karim (AKA the Munshi). He lived at the cottage for ten years before being sent back to India following Victoria’s death. Abdul’s letters from the Queen were burned in front of him after her burial, because members of the royal household demanded that their correspondence be immediately destroyed (potentially due to racism, or people who were jealous of their closeness, People reported). It’s nice that Harry and Meghan get to live in the home previously inhabited by one of Victoria’s closest friends, though. The estate required extensive (and expensive) renovations. At the end of November, Royal biographer Ingrid Seward told People that Frogmore was “pretty dilapidated.” Plans to freshen the landscaping were set in motion, and it was clear that the renovations were going to be a big undertaking. The Times reported that the full cost of the renovations will range from $2.5 million to $3.8 million. What could possibly cost that much? Major security, first of all. There will also be a green energy unit that costs $60,000. Work is being done on fireplaces, staircases, and a floating floor (meaning material that isn’t nailed to the subfloor beneath). The original shutters and floorboards at Frogmore will stay put, though. Elle reports that plans for the renovations also include two conservatory extensions and permission for a bedroom to be built above a studio on the property (perhaps for Meghan’s mother?). Frogmore will have a nursery (of course), personal gym, and yoga studio, according to People. The couple paid $65,000 to soundproof the cottage. According to Page Six, the expecting parents spent a lot of money to make sure the planes flying to and from Heathrow Airport wouldn’t disturb their family. The soundproofing includes triple-glazed windows, which will help reduce noise while also preventing heat loss. We can expect warm, neutral tones in the home. Meghan’s home in Toronto featured a warm, neutral array of whites, creams, and grays. Perhaps she will implement a similar color palette at Frogmore? We will update with more information about Meghan and Harry’s new home as it becomes available. Though the possibility of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle raising their children at Nottingham Cottage, where Princess Diana raised her children—was charming, it was never guaranteed. Plus, as one might imagine, having a baby on the way definitely changes things…especially if it’s a future royal. So, with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s first child due in Spring 2019, important decisions are being made. Though (sadly) no news has broken about what the name will be, Kensington Palace announced that the royal couple will be moving out of Nottingham Cottage to a much more secluded area. The announcement on Twitter reads: “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will move to Frogmore Cottage on the Windsor Estate early next year as they prepare for the arrival of their first child. The couple have lived at Nottingham Cottage since their engagement last year. Despite the fact that the couple will continue working out of Kensington Palace, the move makes perfect sense for the pair—especially if Meghan plans to birth the baby at home. According to The Sun, Prince Harry wants to escape “the goldfish bowl of royal life” for some “breathing space and a place they could call their own.” Since Frogmore is located inside the Windsor Estate security zone, the article reports, it is both peaceful and private—so “no one will see them coming or going.” With 10 bedrooms, the home is quite the upgrade from the small, two-bedroom Nottingham Cottage in which they currently reside. Plus, when the duo moves in following a multi-million pound renovation, Frogmore will surely be a forever home—perhaps for Meghan’s mom, Doria, too.