The Queen’s wedding present to Meghan and Harry and why it caused a huge row

They pleaded with their wedding guests not to buy them gifts – instead asking they donate to one of seven hand-picked chartities.

But the Queen couldn't resist giving grandson Harry and his new wife Meghan Markle something very special to mark their big day.

The Prince's granny didn't hold back – she gave the newlyweds their very own house.

They were handed the keys to Frogmore Cottage, but it ended up causing additional strain once they said goodbye to royal life.

Prior to them moving in, Meghan and Prince Harry had the whole place refurbished, costing the taxpayer £2.4million.

Their gift – a 19th Century Grade II-listed building which sits in the grounds of Windsor Castle – is not exactly your average two-up, two-down semi.

But maybe they wished the Queen would have just put in a donation to charity as they asked.

Before their wedding, the couple lived at Harry's old bachelor pad – Nottingham Cottage in Kensington Palace.

But in early 2020, Frogmore only added complication to their lives.

Despite stepping back from their duties and saying they wanted to be privately funded, they announced they planned to keep their home as their UK base.

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In a statement on the Sussex Royal website, they said: "The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will continue to use Frogmore Cottage as their official residence as they continue to support the Monarchy, and so that their family will always have a place to call home in the United Kingdom."

The announcement, it is fair to say, did not go down well.

They faced public backlash over their continued claim to the cottage, which subsequently emerged as a key focus of the Queen's 'Megxit' negotiation deal.

The Queen made it clear the outgoing Duke and Duchess of Sussex should keep Frogmore in their landmark 'abdication' deal.

In a statement released by the Queen after the negotiations, she said: "The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have shared their wish to repay Sovereign Grant expenditure for the refurbishment of Frogmore Cottage, which will remain their UK family home."

In September 2020 it was announced the Duke and Duchess of Sussex had made a £2.4million contribution to the Sovereign Grant to cover the costs of the renovations.

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