Queen Elizabeth

Despite asking people to donate to charity instead of sending them gifts, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were still treated to some incredible presents on their wedding day.

But the most extravagant token of celebration by far came from Harry’s granny the Queen – who gave the newlyweds the keys to their very own house.

And, obviously, it wasn’t two-up, two-down semi – it’s a huge mansion with lots of room for their future family.

Frogmore Cottage, a 19th Century Grade II-listed building, sits in the grounds of Windsor Castle, and a Kensington Palace spokesman said at the time that it was a “very special place” for the couple.

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

It was the perfect home for baby Archie (Image: PA)

Renovations on the cottage were funded through the Sovereign Grant – a sum of money given to the Monarch from the Government each year.

They enlisted the help of designer Vicky Charles to turn the building into their dream home, and she’s believed to have helped them decorate the new nursery and yoga studio.

Vicky is behind the design of the trendy Soho Farmhouse, a favourite hangout of Meghan and Harry and where Meghan is believed to have spent three days on her hen do.

However, the stunning Frogmore Cottage was the subject of a huge debate after Meghan and Harry decided to quit the royal family.

Frogmore Cottage (Image: PA)

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

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 didn’t go down well, and 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.

It was a very, very generous gift! (Image: Getty Images)

Many peope felt that as they’re no longer working royals, they shouldn’t live in home which was refurbished at the expense of the taxpayer.

Meghan and Harry’s final quitting deal saw them offer to reimburse the taxpayer for massive renovations costs.

They could also be forced to pay  hundreds of thousands of pounds in rent  if they wish to continue using they home as they start their new life in LA.

The Queen made it clear the outgoing Duke and Duchess of Sussex should keep Frogmore in their landmark ‘abdication’ deal because she worried they might not otherwise return to the UK, the  Mail  reported at the time.

Sources told the newspaper that the Queen wanted Harry, Meghan and baby Archie to have a home in the UK to maintain the family’s bond.

The source told the Mail: “It is very telling that the Queen makes clear [in her statement] that she has given them a home on her favourite estate and that they are going to keep it. She wants them to have a family home in the UK.

“But they were constantly being beaten up about the cost of the Frogmore renovations. So there was no hesitation in their mind of offering to pay the money back in order to be free of any public obligations.”

It sits in the grounds of Windsor Castle

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.”

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

It was just a few doors up from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and George, Charlotte and Louis.

It’s also near where Harry’s mum Diana lived.

They were also given the option to move into Apartment 1 in Kensington Palace – at cost of £4million in rennovation.

However, they changed their minds and decided to make Windsor home instead.

However, the family moved to Canada after announcing their plans to quit and have now set up home in LA.