*Prince Harry has repaid 2.4 million pounds ($3.2 million) in British taxpayers’ money that was used to renovate his family’s home in Windsor.
Harry and his wife, former actress Meghan Markle, briefly lived in the home before they quit royal life earlier this year and moved to California.
In a statement on Monday, a spokesperson for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex confirmed that Harry “fully covered” the renovation costs, which had originally been paid by the Sovereign Grant, a U.K. fund fueled by taxpayers, per PEOPLE.
“A contribution has been made to the Sovereign Grant by the Duke of Sussex,” the statement said. “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 U.K. residence of the Duke and his family.”
?????????: Prince Harry has officially repaid the £2.4 million renovation costs spent on converting Frogmore Cottage back into a family home. A source close to the duke tells me that he recently (and voluntarily) repaid the amount in full to the Sovereign Grant.
— Omid Scobie (@scobie) September 7, 2020
Paying off the debt is part of Harry and Meghan’s goal of becoming financially independent.
“It is an important step that they have wanted to take,” says a source close to them. “It is something they have proactively wanted to do since the word go. They have taken the initiative to do so.”
“Finding Freedom” co-author Omid Scobie wrote on Twitter, “A source close to the duke tells me that he recently (and voluntarily) repaid the amount in full to the Sovereign Grant.”
News of the repayment comes days after Harry and Meghan’s multi-million dollar Netflix deal was announced. The partnership will see the couple produce documentaries, docu-series, feature films, scripted shows, and children’s programming.
“Our lives, both independent of each other, and as a couple have allowed us to understand the power of the human spirit: of courage, resilience, and the need for connection,” Meghan and Harry said in a statement. “Through our work with diverse communities and their environments, to shining a light on people and causes around the world, our focus will be on creating content that informs but also gives hope.”
They added, “As new parents, making inspirational family programming is also important to us, as is powerful storytelling through a truthful and relatable lens. We are pleased to work with Ted and the team at Netflix whose unprecedented reach will help us share impactful content that unlocks action.”
Harry and Meghan recently moved out of Tyler Perry’s lavish Los Angeles mansion and into their own home in an exclusive neighborhood in Santa Barbara, California