Having spent £2.4 million on the renovation of their highly controversial Frogmore Cottage, one would think that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle don’t have issues with money. While it may seem like it, it’s not actually true. Despite their lavish new home, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are said to be not even half as rich as Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Back in June, Prince Harry and Meghan came under fire after official accounts of the renovation of their new home in Windsor surfaced, revealing that the work had already cost taxpayers a whopping £2.4 million. With the work on the five-bedroom property still unfinished, many Brits are still questioning how the couple was given permission to take on such a profligate project at the expense of the taxpayers’ money when they have millions to spend out of their own pockets.

According to royal expert Katie Nicholl, Prince Harry and Meghan had to tap the taxpayers’ money for their new home because of their own financial restrictions. Nicholl revealed that these financial restrictions stop the Duke and Duchess of Sussex from spending improvidently on things that they don’t really need. This is also the reason why they can’t hire as many staff as Prince William and Kate can.

Prince Harry and Meghan do not have the same financial resources as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, whose entourage is more than double the size of Prince Harry and Meghan’s. Even after the birth of Baby Archie, Prince Harry and Meghan settled on having just one housekeeper and two assistants in their household.

They don’t even have a cook. “The couple do not have a chef, and Meghan does the cooking,” said Nicholl. “She prepared organic meals before the baby was born and froze them, knowing she would be busy,” she added.

Nicholl also revealed that Prince Harry and Meghan opted not to hire a baby nurse and relied on Meghan’s mother Doria’s help instead after Baby Archie’s birth since they wanted to keep their expenses down. Meghan’s decision to not hire a nanny after giving birth surprised many as hiring a nanny is very popular in the U.S., where she came from.

Compared with Prince William and Kate, Prince Harry and Meghan’s entourage is pretty much low key, but it looks like Meghan is enjoying doing most of the chores herself. In fact, she does all the grocery shopping online and personally prepares meals whenever they have guests.

Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, Prince William and Kate Middleton Meghan, Duchess of Sussex; Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex; Prince William, Duke of Cambridge; and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, watch the RAF flypast on the balcony of Buckingham Palace. Chris Jackson/Getty Images