Meghan Markle and Prince's Harry's £2.65m Frogmore Cottage refurbishment includes a £4,000 barbecue to entertain guests, a source has claimed.

The pair moved into the Grade II listed building in April before Archie after it went through an extensive renovation.

The cottage was gifted to the Duke and Duchess by the Queen last year, with Kensington Palace saying Windsor was a "very special place" for the couple.

It has now emerged, according to a source, that the royal couple included a £4,000 'outdoor seating and cooking area' into their designs.

Meghan and Harry moved into Frogmore Cottage in April
 

The patio deck area also has a hand-built BBQ in it so keen cooks Harry and Meghan can rustle up something delicious for their family and friends.

A royal source said: "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.

"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.

The Duchess of Sussex made her first appearance on royal duty since Archie's birth this week
 

"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 area includes a new patio deck with hand built outdoor BBQ.  Cosy outdoor seating also gives give them a perfect place to host their family and friends.

"Works to the property are very nearly finished. They have been living in a bit of a building site this year.

"It's understood that the outdoor seating area an BBQ cost up to £4,000 to install."

Plans for the multi-million-pound renovation were approved by Royal Maidenhead and Windsor Borough Council in December after asking for permission for "internal and external works [...] and associated landscaping".

The couple moved into the property before Archie's birth

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But there was no further details on the council's planning page, just a note which said it contained "sensitive information" so documents wouldn't be made public.

The cottage had been divided into five separate homes for royal household staff so required a massive rebuilding programme.

Frogmore Cottage was built in the 18th century for Queen Charlotte, the consort of King George III.

Queen Charlotte used the property as a countryside retreat for herself and her unmarried daughters.

Queen Victoria had breakfast at the cottage in 1875 and said it was a place with an "immense number of frogs" which she found "quite disgusting".

Kensington Palace declined to comment