Royal writer Norman Baker has slammed the price of the monarchy and singled out Prince Charles and Camilla over the couple’s journey spending. The Royal Family’s spending has come into sharp focus after accounts for 2020-2021 had been made public, sparking a debate over whether or not the British monarchy provides “worth for cash” to taxpayers.
“£100 million spent on the Royal Family for the primary time ever,” famous Sky News’s Kay Burley.
She continued: “Many will say that they’re nonetheless excellent worth for cash. What would you say?
Mr Baker replied: “Well, it is truly excess of £100 million as a result of you must add within the 200 million of the safety, typically minor royals nobody’s ever heard of.
“You have so as to add within the tax breaks that are solely obtainable to the Royal Family, corresponding to Prince Charles claiming his personal property as he calls it’s exempt from company tax and exemption from inheritance tax.
“Add all these issues up and you may come to an enormous amount of cash and also you additionally examine it with different European monarchies, which is a good factor to do, you already know the Swedish monarchy, the Spanish monarchy is arising between about 5 and 10 million kilos a yr.”
He continued: “As certainly did ours, return to 2011 and the civil record was 7.9 million just for the Royal Family.
“We now have £83.6 million a yr, and naturally, as you appropriately establish effectively much more than that is been spent this yr from the reserve.
“The reserves in fact additionally come from the general public purse”
The royal writer added: “You take a look at among the waste that takes place, you reported some n your in your report immediately on Sky however you already know one of many objects on the journey price range I seen final night time was £16,000 kilos for a flight a non-public flight to the constitution jet from Glasgow to London for Charles and Camilla.
“I imply, why cannot they take the prepare!”
Royal accounts have additionally proven the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s flights for his or her controversial Caribbean tour price the taxpayer greater than £226,000.
The whole journey invoice for the monarchy’s official duties, funded by the taxpayer by way of the Sovereign Grant, got here to £4.5 million in 2021-2022.
The quantity rose by £1.3 million – or round 41% – from the earlier monetary yr because the royals as soon as once more started to embark on abroad excursions amid the lifting of Covid restrictions.
The Prince of Wales’s constitution flight to Barbados to mark the nation’s transition to a republic, and his workers’s scheduled air journey for the occasion, got here to greater than £138,000.
William and Kate’s journey in March to Belize, Jamaica and the Bahamas, throughout which the couple had been closely criticised for photographs that smacked of “colonialism”, noticed the pair journey by constitution jet, and their workers by scheduled flights for a planning journey, at a value of £226,383.
It was the most costly official royal tour of 2021-22.