GOOD MORNING BRITAIN host Piers Morgan was quick to criticise royal couple Meghan Markle and Prince Harry today following the release of information about the royal accounts.
Meghan Markle house renovations criticised by Piers Morgan
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s residence, Frogmore Cottage, had £2.4million worth of restorations done to it with the money coming from the taxpayer.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex did pay for fixtures and fittings themselves.
It was subsequently a hot topic for debate today on Good Morning Britain and it was clear Piers Morgan wasn’t impressed.
He claimed the pair “didn’t need” to move to the property as they could’ve remained living in Kensington Palace.
Frogmore Cottage was converted from five separate homes, with them being knocked into one large house for the new parents who live in the home with newborn baby Archie.
On GMB, Piers declared: “This is a private property, they didn’t need to move there. They decided they wanted to.
“She’s a multimillionaire from her time as an actress, he’s a multi millionaire from all the money he’s had over the years.
“Two multimillionaires asking the British public, the taxpayer to contribute £2.5 million to renovate an entirely different property to the one that they’ve been offered. I think it is a bit off.”
Royal commentator Robert Jobson was on hand to respond: “It’s an own goal, I think we both agree that the royal family do a good job and I think they effectively, over a period of time, pay for themselves but this is an own goal in PR.
ITV Good Morning Britain: Piers criticised the spending of taxpayers’ money (Image: WENN • ITV)
ITV Good Morning Britain: Robert Jobson described it as an “own goal” (Image: ITV)
“I think one of the best things they could do is not announce it themselves saying ‘the cost of the royal family is the same as a loaf of bread’ and all that nonsense.
“They should announce it through Parliament and scrutinised through Parliament.”
Meanwhile, journalist Duncan Larcombe was on live video link to give his opinion earlier in the morning.
He shared: “I don’t know about you but I think a lot of people will look at that and think you’d dream of having a house worth a reaction of that let alone taxpa money being spent doing it up.
“£2.4 million, that’s quite a house makeover.”
ITV Good Morning Britain: Richard reported from outside Buckingham Palace (Image: ITV)
Earlier in the programme Richard Gaisford reported on the reaction to the spending figures from outside Buckingham Palace.
He told the hosts: “We should remember of course that the Royal Family costs each of us just £1.24 per person in the UK each year.
“The crown estate which owns lots of properties around the country including Regent Street well that made £340 million last year and all of that money, Piers and Susanna, goes back to the Treasury.”
For the period 2018-19, the Queen’s Sovereign Grant from the Treasury was £82million with £33million being set aside for maintenance
Source: EXPRESS CO UK