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27/06/06
Charles Costs Three and a Half Pence a Year
- New figures show Prince receives less direct from taxpayer than last year

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall visit the Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show 2006. Photo by Michael Crabtree/TroikaPRINCE CHARLES and family cost 3.5p a year per UK resident to run, down from 4p last year, according to new figures released by the Prince yesterday.

That’s all Charles and Camilla get from the taxpayer, but it is only a fraction of the money Charles gets through in a year since the vast bulk of his income is earned by the Duchy of Cornwall estate, a huge tract of land in south-west England that is traditionally handed to the monarch’s eldest son along with the Prince of Wales title.

The Duchy of Cornwall estate pulled in UKP14 million during the last financial year.

In exchange, the Prince raises hundreds of millions of pounds in charity and is the patron of many worthy bodies, for which he performs hundreds of engagements, such as appearing at last month’s Chelsea Flower Show, which is run by the Royal Horticultural Society (pictured), one of the societies for which he is patron. Today, he and Camilla are in Richmond at a fundraiser for Asian elephant conservation.

In the figures released by Clarence House, the accompanying commentary was keen to show Prince Charles’s green credentials. It noted that the toilet cisterns at Charles’s houses have now been fitted with bricks to save water and that His Royal Highness has given up Polo due to the environmental cost of flying to matches by helicopter.

“We are always trying to make savings and get more efficient but the prince gets busier and busier,” concluded Sir Michael Peat, the Prince’s Private Secretary.



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