It’s no secret that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have a well-heeled social circle, but the sensational royal biography ‘Finding Freedom’ alleges the famous couple have potentially received millions of dollars in gifts.
Written by Royal American journalists Carolyn Durrand and Omid Scobie, the book states that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have allegedly received more than $ 4.5 million from family, friends and businesses who offered products and services .
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Much of the royal couple’s alleged gifts, according to the authors, have been in temporary and long-term real estate, travel and life-defining events like their wedding and baby shower.
Shortly after their wedding, Frogmore Cottage was reportedly given to Prince Harry and Meghan as a ‘gift from the Queen’. The exact value of the royal estate is not publicly available, but it was renovated in 2019 for around $ 3.1 million in taxpayer money, which the couple pledged to repay in January when they announced for the their first desire to be financially independent.
When the couple moved from the UK to Canada in November, the couple stayed at the $ 14 million oceanfront Mille Fleurs mansion in Vancouver and stayed there until March. The accommodation was reportedly secured by the husband of Meghan’s best friend, Ben Mulroney, who was able to strike a deal between the royal couple and the landlord for monthly rent that was “well below market value”.
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Most recently, Prince Harry and Meghan stayed at Tyler Perry’s $ 18 million hilltop mansion in Beverly Hills before moving to Santa Barbara. The couple are said to have stayed in the eight-bedroom house for free.
When the royal couple are not living in luxury accommodation, they tend to travel the world via private jets owned by their famous friends, the biography says. Meghan’s best friend Jessica Mulroney, George and Amal Clooney, and Elton John are said to have provided the two private plane trips from 2016 to 2019, which cost tens of thousands of dollars each.
High-end transportation came under fire last year when the then-active Duke and Duchess launched their green initiative, Travalyst, under their Sussex Royal brand. The organization has encouraged “the adoption of sustainable practices around the world; and to balance this growth with the needs of the environment and the local population, ”according to a statement on the Travalyst website.
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Fox News did not immediately receive a response from the public relations firm that had been hired to represent Travalyst.
Other notable lifestyle gifts that may or may not have been fully compiled for the couple include the $ 170 Diptyque Berries diffusers that were provided for their wedding ceremony in St George’s Chapel as well as the shower of $ 400,000 baby that was hosted by Clooney and Serna Williams.
When it comes to the Royal Family’s stance on foreigners giving gifts to members, there is a clear policy that was last updated in 2002.
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“The fundamental principle governing the acceptance of gifts by members of the Royal Family is that no gift, including hospitality or service, should be accepted that would place or could appear to place the family member royal under any obligation to the donor, ”Reads the gift policy. “In this regard, before accepting a gift, one should always carefully consider, to the extent possible, the giver, the reason and occasion of the gift and the nature of the gift itself.”