Is it Possible to Track Harry and Meghan Spending?

Dear Jersey Deanne, thank you for answering my question on who is paying the Sunshine Sachs bill a few weeks ago. I have another one for you. With the spending going completely out of control, is it possible to start a petition to track Harry and Meghan’s public spending using the UK Freedom of Information Act? Don’t taxpayers have a right to know?
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Thank you anon! This is another incredibly good question you bring up!  I love this!  Well, you would think the taxpayer would be able to know this but aren’t! 🙀 There is no breakdown of expenditures, just a general number.   Here is a receipt for this.

The amount spent by the Prince of Wales on funding the activities of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry increased by 40 percent with the arrival of Meghan Markle into the Royal family.

Prince Charles paid £4.96 million towards the activities of Prince William, his wife and Prince Harry last year, an increase of £1.43m on the previous year’s total of £3.52m.

The increase coincided with the first four months of Ms Markle’s engagement to Prince Harry from November last year, and is thought to have included a certain additional amount to pay for her activities and public engagements as his fiancee.

The increased expenditure on the activities of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William is also understood to reflect their increased role in public life, following the decision by the Queen to reduce the number of duties she performs each year.

The amount spent by Prince Charles on his children’s activities, along with other costs such as capital expenditure, was significantly larger in 2017-2018 than in previous years.

In 2016-2017 it went up by 8.6 per cent and by 7.9 percent the year before. In 2014-2015 the increase was just 2.4 per cent, to £2.96m.

Prince Charles pays for his children and their spouses from the income he receives from the Duchy of Cornwall, his hereditary estate which owns more than 131,000 acres across 23 counties, mostly in south-west England and in London.

Figures published yesterday showed he received a record £21.73m from the Duchy in the year to the end of March, an increase of 4.9 per cent on the previous year.

The amount paid by Prince Charles to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry does not include the cost of paying for their travel to royal engagements, as this is funded by the Queen out of the Sovereign Fund, paid for by the taxpayer.

Funding for William, Kate and Harry’s activities is listed under ‘Other Costs’, which also includes capital expenditure and transfer to reserves, but there is no further breakdown or detail.

Palace sources acknowledged that the extra £1.43m spent by the Prince of Wales on his children coincided with the arrival of Ms Markel into the royal fold.

However they refuse to say how much was spent on funding her activities and engagements, saying that Prince Charles expected a certain level of privacy.

Clive Alderton, the Prince’s principal private secretary, said the past year included some notable “moments of great joy for the Royal family”.

He added: “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex became engaged, their wedding itself seemed to me a day when not just the sun shone but Britain itself shone – and right round the world.

“The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge announced that they were expecting another child and the Prince of Wales’s third grandchild Prince Louis was born in April.”

Ms Markle was given the title Duchess of Sussex following her marriage to Prince Harry at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle last month.

Prince Charles uses his Duchy income to pay for his official duties, his London office and charitable work. The amount he received from the Sovereign Grant fell from £1.3 million to £1.2 million.

Figures also revealed that the Royal family’s travel costs rose from £4.5 million to £4.7 million, the most expensive trip being £362,149 for the visit of the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall to India, Malaysia, Brunei and Singapore between in October and November last year.

Prince Charles used the Royal Train, which costs around £20,000 per trip, twice as much as the Queen, partly as a result of taking on more of her public engagements.

The Prince voluntarily paid £4.85m in tax on his income last year, an increase of 2 per cent.

Together with the Duchess of Cornwall he carried out more than 600 engagements across 15 countries.

During 2017-18 the Prince of Wales’s charities and foundations raised more than £160m to support a variety of groups, including disadvantaged and vulnerable young people, rural communities, as well as funding craft preservation and sustainable development.

The Queen’s annual expenditure went up by around 13 per cent with the start of a decade-long programme of renovations at Buckingham Palace.

The Sovereign Grant received by the monarchy from the taxpayer to pay for official duties and other expenditure rose from £41.9 million to £47.4 million, with staff costs, travel and property maintenance all going up compared with the previous year.

A Buckingham Palace spokesman said the figure represented an operational cost of 69p per man, woman and child in the UK, up from 65p last year.

The Queen’s net expenditure rose £5.5 million to £47.4 million for the year 2017/18, including £22.6 million for property maintenance – up from £17.8 million.

Additional reporting by Toby Wallis

If they are that good with general accounting, they should be able to provide a breakdown, don’t you think?   I think it’s time to do that.  Here is some more food for thought, Charities can be used to launder money and to commit fraud. Very Important to stay on top of things.
This is by Sebastian Shakespeare
Prince Charles’s aides played down the recent controversy over businessmen being asked to transfer £100,000 to his charity before attending dinners at royal residences, saying the letter was sent ‘erroneously’.
Oh, how dreadful! They accidentally let the cat out of the bag?  Oh yeah, do you see how badly things can go array?  I keep asking, why buy your daughter in -law a Cartier Diamond Bracelet? I can’t explain why I’m so fixated on this? Maybe because it’s was over 100k when people are cold rough sleeping. Why do the Sussex’s need three places to live? 
Thank you anon, I know this doesn’t answer much, but things need to change. 🌸😎


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One Comment on “Is it Possible to Track Harry and Meghan Spending?”

  1. I’m just going to repeat what my opinion is … again.
    Harry needs to renounce his titles & take him & his wife off somewhere quiet to live & raise their child 😊

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