Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's newly renovated home made headlines earlier this year with its extensive renovations in preparation for the arrival of baby Archie. Reports of Frogmore Cottage's new look had been widely circulating through the media—including rumors of a "mother-and-baby yoga room," which were later discredited. The Duke and Duchess of Windsor even tapped celebrity interior designer Vicky Charles for the project—but now, the designer is in a legal dispute with a previous client over her involvement with the royal redesign.
Andrea Olshan, CEO of Olshan Properties, is suing Charles for paying "limited attention" to her project, before Charles and her team ultimately "walked off the job," focusing instead on the needs of their royal clientele, according to the Telegraph. (Olshan had hired Charles for two projects around the same time the designer took on the Frogmore Cottage gig for the royals.) The New York Post states that Charles had allegedly admitted to being too focused on her work overseas before she quit her work with Olshan.
The lawsuit says that because Charles was so fixated on her job with the royals, her work for Olshan was basically nonexistent, and that within a year's worth of "work" the designer had reportedly not even delivered a simple color scheme. It also claims that Charles's firm has refused to refund the $239,000 she’d already been paid for the projects by Olshan.
The lawsuit states: “Ms. Charles, by all appearances, began to separate herself from the project, upon information and belief, to work for more 'A-List' clients such as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex who are reported to have hired Ms. Charles to renovate their Frogmore Cottage in anticipation of the birth of their first child, baby Archie Harrison, in mid-2019.”
A spokesman for Vicky Charles's design firm Charles & Co told the Telegraph that "the company does not discuss any of their clients and as such was unable to comment on the case."
House Beautiful has reached out to Charles & Co for comment.
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