London - Britain's Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's home makeover has cost £1 million (almost R15 000 000).
The royal couple have been renovating Kensington Palace's Apartment 1A in West London ahead of their big move this autumn and have spent a fortune on making the luxury abode fit for their first child.
It was revealed in Buckingham Palace's annual accounts on Thursday that building work inside the property and repairs to the roof have cost British taxpayers £1 million so far, sparking outrage amongst anti-royalists.
Graham Smith, chief executive of pressure group Republic, told the Daily Mirror newspaper: “The Queen has taken over £1million of public money and used it to do up her grandson's flat. If a minister did that they would quite rightly be sacked.”
According to the reports, £400 000 has gone on fixing roof and £600 000 on sprucing up the interior. The revamp also included asbestos removal to make the posh palace pad safe for Prince William and Duchess Catherine's baby, who is expected to arrive mid-July.
The couple, both 31, will be paying for the interior decorations and furniture with their own cash.
Sir Alan Reid, Keeper of the Privy Purse, insisted the hefty sum was spent on crucial maintenance, adding that the money “would have to be spent anyway”.