Meghan Markle had "no intention" of staying in the UK after marrying Prince Harry, a royal expert has claimed.

Despite spending £2.4m of taxpayers on Frogmore Cottage, where the couple live, the Duchess of Sussex reportedly always wanted to leave Britain.

The cash was spent renovating the Grade II-listed building after the couple married in 2018.

Frogmore Cottage was given to the royal pair by the Queen when they got married.

But, according to royal photographer Arthur Edwards, Meghan's plan was always to leave the UK with Harry as soon as possible, The Sun reports.

He told TalkRadio: "All that house refurbishment at Frogmore and the money that they spent on that, she had no intention of staying here."

The couple spent £2.4m on refurbishing Frogmore Cottage

He added: "Unfortunately for the last couple of years, [Harry] has gone completely sour.

"He didn't talk to me for a year, I've been photographing him since he was born, and it was down to her."

Meghan was understood to have chosen eco-friendly, toxin-free, vegan paint for the walls of the property.

Five apartments were knocked together to re-form the cottage, while beams, floors and the water and gas systems were replaced.

The Duchess of Sussex 'always wanted to leave Britain'

When they quit being full-time royals earlier this year, Harry vowed to repay the cash.

Now it is believed the couple have agreed a “rental-plus” deal, above market rate, to keep Frogmore as their official UK base.

The Queen made it clear they can use it indefinitely.

The couple initially moved to Canada, but now live in Los Angeles, along with baby Archie.

They are said to be living in a £15 million mansion owned by actor and director Tyler Perry.

The actor and director is reported to have given the royal couple the run of the expansive Tuscan-style villa.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex and Archie now live in Los Angeles

It boasts eight-bedrooms and 12 bathrooms, and was custom-built by Perry after he bought the 22-acre site back in 2004.

They are staying there with their son Archie and have already beefed up security there by erecting 10ft high screens around the back of the property.

The couple have shared a few glimpses inside their new home on video calls as they've done virtual engagements with charities and organisations during the pandemic.

Meghan and Harry 'step back' from royal life

Earlier this week a friend of Meghan's claimed the Duchess of Sussex said she is "too well known" to do normal things with her son Archie, like going to mother and baby classes.

The friend told the Daily Mail  Meghan has been unable to do many of the 'normal' things she wants to do with her one-year-old son, including going to mum and baby classes.

They said: "Meghan said Archie needs to learn emotional and social skills by being around other young children, something he can't do with adults."