The final bill for the renovation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's Kensington Palace home has come in at a whopping £2.1million.
According to the Mirror, Prince William and Kate Middleton spent double the planned budget. Last year's royal accounts revealed £1.1million had been spent on the five-bedroom home, but the latest reports say they're about to reveal a further £1million worth of refurb costs. Ouch!
Royal aides are now said to be "bracing themselves" for public criticism as taxpayers are presented with another bill.
"The young royals are extremely popular but when people up and down the country are struggling to make ends meet," an insider told the tabloid. "This is not going to go down very well."
"The Palace is mindful that they are under the spotlight in these difficult times, and there is a fine line between the expected lifestyle of a royal couple and the perception of excessive and lavish spending."
The news comes after Kate is regretting her choice of colour scheme for her royal home. According to the Daily Mail Kate, "tried to do the revamp cheaply with the builders who did the kitchen, and she got Dulux paints to match the Farrow & Ball colour palette to save money.
"She's blaming it on her hormones before the birth."
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