Public funding for Prince Charles goes up by 11%

Prince Charles has effectively been given a pay rise of 11%. The level of public funding for the Prince and his family went up to from £1,962,000 to £2,194,000. That's a rise of £232,000.

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The figures cover the Duchess of Cambridge's first full year as a royal.

Taxpayers' money is generally used to pay for official travel, communications and the upkeep of royal residences.

Charles, through his private Duchy of Cornwall income, pays for much of the public work of his sons, William and Harry, and wife Camilla.

The Prince of Wales, Prince William, the Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Harry at Westminster Abbey
The Prince of Wales, Prince William, the Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Harry at Westminster Abbey Credit: Press Association

The Duchy is the landed estate given to the heir to the throne to provide him or her with an income.

Accounts show that went up too by 3% to £18.3 million.

Well, it's important to say this is the Government spending the Government's money rather than us, because they determine where their royal highnesses go on overseas official travel. It's gone up basically because there have been more members of the royal family travelling further afield to more countries then in the previous year.

– Paddy Harverson, Prince Charles' communications secretary

There has been speculation that Kate spends tens of thousands of pounds on dresses for official functions.

But a breakdown of her clothing costs was not included in the accounts released today, only coming under expenditure for official duties and charitable activities - £9,831,000, up from £9,444,000.

Duchess of Cambridge after attending the annual Order of the Garter Service
Duchess of Cambridge after attending the annual Order of the Garter Service Credit: Press Association

But a breakdown of her clothing costs was not included in the accounts released today, only coming under expenditure for official duties and charitable activities - £9,831,000, up from £9,444,000.

Duchess of Cambridge returns to Buckingham Palace during the annual Trooping the Colour parade
Duchess of Cambridge returns to Buckingham Palace during the annual Trooping the Colour parade Credit: Press Association

"At a time when the country is facing sweeping cuts to public spending, Charles Windsor wilfully helps himself to whatever travel funds he wants or feel he needs. This 'something-for-nothing' culture in the Royal Household must end. Where the Government requests a royal makes an official trip, the costs must be met directly by the relevant department."

– Graham Smith, chief executive of the campaigning group Republic

The figures also showed:

  • There were 134.9 full-time equivalent staff employed to support Charles, Camilla, William, Kate and Harry at the end of March up from 132.8 in 2010/11
  • The Cambridges and Harry have the equivalent of nine full-time staff, up from 7.8 the previous financial year
  • Kate does not have a dresser and the royal brothers do not have butlers or valets