Meghan Markle and Harry ‘relieved and pleased’ to pay off Frogmore Cottage money

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are "relieved and pleased" to have paid off the Frogmore Cottage renovations, it has been reported.

Meghan and Harry officially stepped back from their roles as senior royals on March 31, 2020, moving first to Canada and later Los Angeles when the US was placed on lockdown due to coronavirus.

As part of their agreement with the Queen to step away from the rest of the Royal Family, the couple had agreed to become financially independent and not rely on public funds.

And the Duke and Duchess of Sussex confirmed on Monday (September 7) they have now paid back £2.4 million to taxpayers for renovating Frogmore Cottage, as part of an agreed deal after they stepped down as members of the Royal Family this year.

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The news comes after the couple signed a huge deal with video streaming service Netflix to create content that "informs but also gives hope".

And now a royal source is reported to have said that the deal has allowed the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to pay back the money for renovating their former residence and that it was "important to them that they did".

"They are 'very relieved and very pleased' to have been able to pay off the debt so quickly," a source close to the couple told Vanity Fair. "This has been a pro-active step and something they wanted to do from the outset.

"There was no requirement [from the Queen] for them to pay the money back but it was important to them that they did, and after the Netflix deal they were in a position to do so. I think this is quite a significant moment for them."

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The source added: "They're now in their forever home, it's the start of their new life and they're very much looking forward to everything that's about to come."

In announcing they had paid back the money used to renovate Frogmore Cottage, The Duke of Sussex's spokesman said: "A contribution has been made to the Sovereign Grant by the Duke of Sussex.

"This contribution as originally offered by Prince Harry has fully covered the necessary renovation costs of Frogmore Cottage, a property of Her Majesty The Queen, and will remain the UK residence of the duke and his family."

It has been reported that the couple were able to do so thanks to their new Netflix deal.

Making the announcement of the Netflix deal, Meghan and Harry said in a statement: "Our focus will be on creating content that informs but also gives hope.

"As new parents, making inspirational family programming is also important to us."

They added that Netflix's "unprecedented reach will help us share impactful content that unlocks action".

Netflix's chief content officer and co-chief executive Ted Sarandos said: "We're incredibly proud they have chosen Netflix as their creative home and are excited about telling stories with them that can help build resilience and increase understanding for audiences everywhere."

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