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Meghan Markle and Harry to repay taxpayers for cottage but it will take 11 years

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are now living in LA

Prince Harry and Meghan will cough up around £18,000 (Sh2.3m) a month to repay taxpayers for the £2.4million (Sh313.8m) spent on their home in Windsor.

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But it will take more than 11 years for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to clear the sum.

The cash was spent renovating Grade II-listed Frogmore Cottage to the pair’s high standards after they married in 2018.

Meghan, 38, is understood to have chosen eco-friendly, toxin-free, vegan paint for the walls.

Five apartments were knocked together to re-form the cottage, while beams, floors and the water and gas systems were replaced.

But in the past six months the couple have spent just two weeks in what was meant to have become their family home.

That is unlikely to change after they moved into a £14.5million (Sh1.89 B), 12-bed Hollywood villa, loaned to them by actor Tyler Perry.

Frogmore Cottage was given to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry by the Queen 

And when they quit being full-time royals earlier this year, Harry vowed to repay the cash.

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Now it is believed the couple have agreed a “rental-plus” deal, above market rate, to keep Frogmore as their official UK base.

The Queen has made it clear they can use it indefinitely.

This year Buckingham Palace said they “will no longer receive public funds for royal duties”.

But Graham Smith, from anti-monarchy group, Republic, said the couple are still more than rich enough to repay the money, “plus interest”, in one lump sum.

He said: “Taxpayers need their money back, particularly now we’ve been hit by the huge costs of the coronavirus.

The Queen has said Frogmore will remain the couple's UK home 

“The couple, with their vast amount of millions in the bank, should explain why they aren’t paying it back immediately.”

Harry and Meghan are privately wealthy through his inheritances and her acting career.

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He shared with his brother William the bulk of the £13million (Sh1.7 B) left by Diana, Princess of Wales. He is also thought to have been left a large sum by the Queen Mother.

But 95% of the Sussex’s income is thought to come from Prince Charles’ Duchy of Cornwall property and investments portfolio, which made £21.6million (Sh2.8 B) last year.

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