Prince Harry and Meghan Markle warned over ‘appalling’ Frogmore Cottage loophole

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been warned over using an "appalling" royal loophole to claim back the money they paid to the Sovereign Grant for Frogmore Cottage.

The CEO of Republic, an organisation that campaigns for the abolishment of the monarchy and for Queen Elizabeth II to be replaced by an elected head of state, said claiming back the £2.4million paid would "go down badly" with the British public.

Graham Smith, Republic's CEO, told told the funds should be used by the Crown Estate to raise money for the Treasury rather than the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's UK base.

Mr Smith said that although the money was used for "Meghan and Harry" if the pair turn around and "say we won't use it therefore we can have our money back" it would be "appalling."

Mr Smith said: "I think that would go down very badly with the general public.

"They may argue that the Crown Estate is getting the house back and they ought to pay for the refurbishment, but that refurbishment was done for Meghan and Harry to their specifications.

"They have got the money to pay for it.

He added: "This property should be being used by the Crown Estate to raise money for the treasury.

"But it has not been doing that, it has been providing a home for Harry and Meghan."

"I think it would be pretty appalling if they turn around and say we won’t use it therefore can we have our money back.

"I think that would go down very badly."

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Meghan and Harry paid back the £2.4million to the Sovereign Grant for Frogmore Cottage after netting a multi-million dollar Netflix deal.

The Duke of Sussex 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."

In May it was revealed Harry and wife Meghan had reached an agreement to pay £18,000 a month back into the Sovereign Grant.

At the rate of £216,000 a year, it was expected to take them 11 years to repay the British taxpayer.

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