Royal Travel Cost: William and Kate’s £ 226,000 Caribbean Tour Flights


Flights for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s controversial Caribbean trip cost taxpayers more than £ 226,000, according to royal accounts.

The total travel bill for the official duties of the kingdom, funded by an independent grant from the taxpayers, reached £ 4.5 million in 2021-2022.

That amount has increased by £ 1.3 million – or about 41% – since the last fiscal year as the royal family once again embarked on overseas tours amid the lifting of quaid restrictions.

The Most Expensive Royal Tour in 2021/2022 (PA)

The Prince of Wales’ charter flight to Barbados on the occasion of his transfer to the Republic of the country, and his staff’s scheduled air travel for the event, cost more than £ 138,000.

William and Kate travel to Belize, Jamaica and the Bahamas in March, during which the couple was heavily criticized for photos mocking the “colonial system” as the couple traveled by charter jet. , And their crew was seen on scheduled flights for the planned trip. Cost of 226,383.

It was the most expensive official royal visit of 2021-22.

But royal aides revealed that the future King Charles had personally promoted the use of sustainable aviation fuel in royal flights to counter the environmental impact of The Firm’s global trotting.

The ministerial RAF Voyager jet – used by the royal family and the government – is now powered by sustainable aviation fuel.

Sir Clive Alderton, the Prince’s Principal Private Secretary, said: “The Prince has personally taken steps towards the use of sustainable aviation fuel, which is now used for all official travel wherever possible.”

After disembarking from RAF Voyager, the Prince of Wales landed at Grantley Adams International Airport, Bridgetown, Barbados (Jonathan Brady / PA). / PA Archives

A royal source said: “RAF has been a wonderful partner; the royal family wants to be here, the Prince of Wales wants to be there.”

Sources said Charles was working to resolve disputes between his duties around the world on royal duties and his role as an environmental champion.

Sources said the prince was “quite allergic” to traveling by helicopter and would always “raise eyebrows” and object when a mode of transport was proposed.

“It’s a tough process that you only get top-end travel options if every other option fails,” the source said.

He added: “If the recommendation goes to the Prince of Wales, he will raise an eyebrow and say ‘go through it again’.

“And it won’t take us long to figure out why he had to be in one place at a time, at another time, and so that was the only option.

“The Prince of Wales is very allergic to using helicopters.”

Prince of Wales arrives by helicopter to visit Cornwall in March 2022 (Finbar Webster / PA) / PA Wire

Charles bought a charter plane and a helicopter in May 2021 to travel around Belfast and Northern Ireland, costing more than £ 29,600.

The Prince and Duchess of Cornwall also flew by helicopter to their annual visit to Wales in July, with a bill of 15,920.

Charles also flew by helicopter for a 70-mile journey from London to RAF Bryce Norton in November before an official visit to Jordan and Egypt.

The total travel costs – including Charles and Camilla’s trip to Oman, Cairo and Alexandria – exceeded £ 123,500, including charter flights, helicopters and scheduled flights for the crew.

The royal family flew about 179 government helicopters in 2021-2022 at a cost of more than £ 906,000, each costing less than £ 15,000.

Charles’s notorious brother, the Duke of York, was known to taxpayers for his excessive use of helicopters at exorbitant prices.

The Queen’s trip to Scotland on the Royal Train for Royal Week in June 2021 cost more than, 46,400, while William and Kate’s charter flight and helicopter trip to Scotland in May 2021 cost about £ 45,200.