British public paying more for Prince Charles
Britain's Prince Charles saw his taxpayer funding increase by nearly 18 percent in the past year as his subjects were tightening their belts due to harsh austerity measures...The heir to the throne's income from the government rose 17.9 percent from $2.6 million in 2009-10 to $3.1 million in the past year, according to his official accounts. This included a 40 percent rise in government grants to run Charles and Camilla's London residence and to fund the couple's overseas travels.
Spending on the royal couple's travel by air and rail jumped 56 percent in 2010-11 to $1.69 million, despite having travelled some 13,000 fewer kilometres than the previous year, say the figures covering the British tax year, which ended in April. At the same time, Charles's private earnings from the Duchy of Cornwall, his estate in southwest England, went up by nearly four percent to $27.8 million.
The total staff under combined household command grew to reach an equivalent full-time workforce of 158.9. Between them the Prince, Camilla, William, Kate and Harry now employ 33.5 private secretaries and assistants, at a cost of 2.8 million pounds, responsible for answering the 36,000 letters received last year by the family.
Charles employs one butler on duty at all times, as well as teams of valets and orderlies assisting in travel and clothing arrangements.
The cost of running Clarence House also grew by 90,000 pounds to 450,000 pounds. It is used to host dinners and receptions.
Sources: Independent and Ottawa Citizen