You Probably Can't Guess Which Royal Couple Spent the Most on Travel in 2018
The British royal family is well-known for their jetset lifestyle. The entire Windsor crew is constantly on the go on both official royal visits and lavish personal vacation. But, it turns out one royal couple spends way more than the rest on travel. And it’s probably not who you expect.
According to the family’s annual financial report, the entire royal family spent £4.6 million of public funds on travel, which equates to about $5.87 million, for the financial year. As Town&Country explained, British taxpayers foot the bill for travel on any official royal visits through the Sovereign Grant. In the report, taxpayers can find information on the cost of individual trips costing more than £15,000, which equates to $18,000.
And, according to the report, the royals who went on the most expensive trips in 2018 were none other than Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla.
The report notes, their royal tour of the Caribbean in March cost £416,576, or about $530,000. Though it’s kind of easy to see why it was so costly as it included more than 50 engagements on 10 different islands as well as the first royal visit to Cuba.
But, that’s not all.
Charles and Camilla’s tour of Gambia, Ghana, and Nigeria took second place on the most expensive trip list, while their official visit to France and Greece took third.
The royal tour of Gambia, Ghana, and Nigeria cost £216,312, or $275,000, while the trip to France and Greece cost £159,820, or about $200,000.
Next on the list are Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Their royal trip to Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, and Tonga last October, right after they announced they were expecting their first child, cost taxpayers £81,002 or about $100,000.
Though these trips seem expensive it should also be noted that the entire Sovereign Grant for the 2018-19 financial year was £82.2 million, which equates to just over $104 million. That means each person in the U.K. paid about $1.58 toward the grant. In return, the family brings in massive sums of tourism dollars to the country. The royal wedding alone brought in $303 million, so paying for their official travels may be more of an even trade than you think.