Each year, the British royal family releases its financial report, a document known as the Sovereign Grant Report, which details the travel costs incurred by the royals for the year ending March 31, along with their total taxpayer- Gives details of funded expenses.
The British Crown cost UK taxpayers more than $124 million last year. Expenses include travel, payroll and personnel costs, property maintenance, utilities, cleaning and more.
Kate and William’s Journey
Kate Middleton and Prince William’s controversial visit to three Central American countries. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the Bahamas, Belize and Jamaica, countries that were colonized by the English and whose slave and exploitative legacy of the former British Empire continues to this day.
According to a report released by Buckingham Palace, this trip alone has cost the British exchequer $273,000 on charter flights. In addition to the cost of the trip, many commentators in the British media found it problematic because of the royal family’s historical connection to slavery, colonialism and racism. The Cambridges have since expressed regret over this painful story.
“It was definitely more challenging than expected, given the protests,” a source told Us Weekly. “They clearly know the story, but it was a big surprise to be there during the protest,” the source revealed.
Kate Middleton and Prince William faced protests on their trip to Belize and Jamaica. In the latter country, a group of anti-monarchy protesters gathered in the Jamaican capital, Kingston, to demand an official apology from Britain.
Relations between Great Britain and Jamaica go back centuries. The island was taken over by the British in 1655 and remained under their rule until independence in 1962, but it remained a Commonwealth realm with the Queen as head of state. Most Jamaicans are of African descent and descendants of slaves smuggled into the country by European settlers.
Harry and Meghan are not included in the report
Meghan and Harry have not been included in the report, which leads us to conclude that they have in fact achieved the financial independence from the Crown they had planned by resigning from their positions in British royalty in early 2020.
The only mention of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in the entire 129-page report is the British base of Frogmore Cottage in Windsor, for which they pay private rent.
They reimbursed taxpayers for home renovations totaling £2.4m ($2.9m at today’s exchange rate) as of September 2020.
A source close to the Royals told Express UK that the Sussexes “should be congratulated on achieving their goal” of making millions of their own money.
We know these gains come from a number of ventures, including a deal with Netflix, one with Spotify, Prince Harry’s memoir with Penguin Random House, and his role as director of Impact at startup BetterUp.