Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are renovating Frogmore Cottage again, but this time they will be footing the bill.

According to Daily Mail, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex received good news on Prince Harry’s birthday. They were given a green light to complete their dream house.

Prince Harry and Markle are now allowed to plant a privacy hedge in their new permanent home. The renovation will also include the addition of a $5,000 outdoor seating and cooking area that is complete with hand-built BBQ.

Prince Harry and Markle reportedly applied for retrospective planning consent for parts of “external landscaping works” after using a different design to the one approved by the council. The couple’s new design includes a privacy hedge thicket of new trees to shield their house from a nearby public footpath and an organic vegetable plot with a kitchen garden. The hedge will also shield their home from a path that is open to the public for three days a year.

The patio deck area gives the Duke and Duchess of Sussex enough space to cook delicious meals for their family and friends. According to an insider, the couple’s new entertaining and cooking space is cosy rather than grand. 

“Living in the countryside, the Duchess feels that the outside is just as important as the inside especially in the summer when relaxing in the garden,” a source said.

“As part of the large scale development of Frogmore Cottage, it was suggested that the Duke and Duchess wanted a cosy outdoor area where they could entertain guests and allow them to relax. It is perfectly placed so it is in keeping with the special listed character of Frogmore Cottage and looks out onto a lovely countryside garden, complimenting the orangeries.”

The plans for the changes for Prince Harry and Markle’s home was only approved by Windsor and Maidenhead Council on Friday night. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex waited for their decision for two months.

Prince Harry and Markle were criticized by the public after they learned that the renovation of Frogmore Cottage was funded by the taxpayers’ money, yet the couple chose to live like private individuals. To avoid the same backlash, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex decided to foot the bill this time around.