MEGHAN MARKLE, the Duchess of Sussex, and the Queen’s debut outing together cost a huge amount for the taxpayer.
The trip saw saw Her Majesty and the newly-married Meghan visit Cheshire (Image: GETTY)
In the latest royal accounts, the royal trip to Cheshire cost nearly £30,000. The trip saw saw Her Majesty and the newly-married Meghan open the Mersey Gateway Bridge and Chester’s Storyhouse Theatre on June 14, 2018. They followed these engagements with lunch at Chester Town Hall.
The appearance was the first time the Duchess had attended a function with the Queen without Prince Harry.
The most recent figures cover 2018 and show that the taxpayer spent £2.4million to fund renovation work at Prince Harry and Meghan’s Frogmore Cottage.
The refurbishment work exceeded the earlier unofficial estimates that taxpayers would be asked to stump up around £1.5million of the then forecast total cost of £3million.
The work is not finished yet.
In the latest royal accounts, the Royal Train trip to Cheshire cost nearly £30,000 (Image: GETTY)
The couple have been given planning permission to paint the exterior of the Grade II listed house this summer at the expense of the taxpayer and to landscape the gardens out of their own pockets.
Sir Michael Stevens, Keeper of the Privy Purse, the Queen’s chief financial advisor, advised how the money was spent using cash from the taxpayer-funded Sovereign Grant on the couple’s new official residence.
He said: “The property had not been the subject of work for some years and had already been earmarked for renovation in line with our responsibility to maintain the condition of the Occupied Royal Palaces estate.
“The Sovereign Grant covered the work undertaken to turn the building into the official residence and home of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and their new family.
The Markle family tree (Image: EXPRESS)
“The building was returned to a single residence and outdated infrastructure was replaced to guarantee the long-term future of the property.
“Substantially all fixtures and fittings were paid for by Their Royal Highnesses.”
The revelations come as the Duchess came under fire for making alterations to her engagement ring.
The ring contained two of Princess Diana’s diamonds and was designed by Harry.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK