The royal family spends a fair share of their time jet-setting around the globe undertaking official duties and visiting Commonwealth nations, and new figures have now revealed just how much they splashed out on their travels over the past year.
At the end of each financial year in the UK, the royal family releases a report detailing their income and expenditure, which includes all of their most expensive trips overseas. And, for the period 2018-19, one senior royal’s travels accounted for nearly half of the annual budget alone.
As he prepares to become king, heir-apparent Prince Charles spent more than £1.3million (AU$2.3M) on his travels to meet with the public and undertake royal duties over the past 12 months.
From jetting off to Europe, Africa and the Caribbean, the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall have spent a fair amount of time in the air recently and the royal family coughed up a whopping £416,576 for their most pricey trip, which saw them visit the Caribbean and Cuba.
The amount for the trip, which took place in March this year, was almost double that spent on the couple’s visit to Africa, which cost £216,312.
However, the pair also took quite a few trips on the royal chartered train which added to their overall balance quite significantly, with each trip coming in at around £20,000.
Meanwhile, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex took out the fourth most expensive trip of the year with their whirlwind visit to Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga. The trip in October of 2018 cost around £81,002 in travel expenses, while Australia and New Zealand paid for a large chunk of the tour as they are Commonwealth realms.
Prince William’s trip to the Middle East was up there as well, however not quite as expensive, with the trip totalling £73,938 in travel fares, as the Duke of Cambridge flew onboard the RAF Voyager.
Elsewhere, Prince Harry and Meghan spent a fair portion of the overall royal budget on the renovation of their new home Frogmore Cottage which they moved into earlier this year before the arrival of their son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. The thorough renovation process to transform the house into a comfy family home cost £2.4 million.
Speaking about the royal finances, the Keeper of the Privy Purse Sir Michael Stevens said once again it has been a busy year for the family who have undertaken thousands of duties.
“The year under review has been another busy period for the royal household with the Queen undertaking 140 official engagements in the United Kingdom, including the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting at Buckingham Palace and the visit of the President of the United States to Windsor,” he explained in a statement.
“In addition, the program of other members of the royal family who support the Queen helped the royal family deliver over 3,200 official engagements across the UK and overseas.”