The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are preparing to move into apartment 1A In Kensington Palace with their bundle of joy this summer, but their extravagant renovation is costing taxpayers $1.5 million! Do YOU think that’s fair?
Kate Middleton and Prince William will be making a home for themselves and their baby in the expansive 57-room apartment at Kensington Palace this summer, but the multi-million dollar renovation isn’t just coming out of the royal couple’s pockets — it’s coming from taxpayers!
Kate Middleton & Prince William’s Kensington Palace Renovation
The renovation cost from taxpayers hit £1 million as of June 27 (roughly $1.5 million), according to royal officials. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are footing the bill for parts of the renovation, including fixtures, curtains and furnishings, according to the Daily Mail.
But the rest of the remodel, such as electricity, heating, and plaster is being paid for by money the government is giving the Queen, the Daily Mail reports.
A spokesperson for the royal couple said in a statement:
This essential structural work needed to be completed whoever moved in. The last major works in the apartment took place around the time that Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon moved in more than 50 years ago. The cost of interior decorating and furnishing of course falls to the Royal Family privately.
The official also revealed that Kensington Palace are held in trust by the nation, so the royal couple doesn’t own the apartment — nor can they sell it.
Kate & William Also Renovating Country Home
Aside from their official Kensington Palace home, their country house in Amner Hall also underwent a number of improvements, including a newly paved driveway, new shrubbery to shield the home, and a new sitting room.
It looks like the royal couple is sparing no expense when it comes to nesting with their baby boy or girl!
What do YOU think of the $1.5 million renovation, HollyMoms? Do you think taxpayers should pay that much?
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