Just like we assumed, the members of the royal family aren’t so frugal. In June 2018, when the Buckingham Palace released their annual financial statement, we could see how much money each member of the royal family spent in the past year. This list might be surprising, so keep reading!
1. Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip
Last year, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip spent $40,709 on their trips around the UK. However, the insider says the Royals aren’t only spending money- the Queen volunteered to pay taxes, and she has done that since 1992.
2. Prince Andrew
Queen Elizabeth’s third son clearly passed down the spending habits. Last year, he spent $87,392,19 on official royal visits. He traveled to Thailand, Singapore, and Hong Kong, and also made some trips around the UK.
3. Kate Middleton and Prince WilliamSource: Getty Images
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge surely travel in style. They spent 81,292,79 on their official visit to Poland and Germany. Then later they flew to Norway and Sweden, and for that, they paid 64,714.85
4. Princess Anne
The daughter of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip enjoys traveling. Last year she visited Beijing, Hong Kong, Madagascar, Sierra Leone, and Ghana. For those experiences, she spent $238,354.72.
5. Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles
Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles would win the contest for family’s biggest spenders from 2017 to 2018. In that year they made trips to India, Malaysia, Brunei, and Singapore. They traveled by family’s private plane, named RAF Voyager, and it all cost $474,878.02. Prince Charles also enjoys traveling on the royal family’s train, which is the most expensive option, costing $26,000 for each ride. Charles also made many charitable trips, in the wake of Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria. Those trips were quite expensive, costing $54,734.52. He visited Dominica, the British Virgin Islands, Antigua, and Barbuda.
6. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry
It turns out that Prince Charles didn’t spend his money only on expensive trips. However, his spendings rose for about 40% compared to the previous year, thanks to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding. For that event, approximately $43 million was spent.
Overall, compared to the previous tax year, the family spent much more money, precisely it was $4,627,500.06 and this year the amount was $6,506,561.44, including “other expenditure.”