Stunning cost of Prince William and Kate’s controversial Caribbean tour revealed – National

Financial data for Prince William and Kate Middleton’s controversial Caribbean tour has been revealed, showing the couple burned more than C$350,000 on travel alone.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge used a private jet to fly to Belize, Jamaica and the Bahamas on the tour celebrating Queen Elizabeth II’s 70th anniversary on the throne. Instead, the royals faced backlash at each of their stops as protesters spoke out against colonialism by the British royal family.

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The details were published in Thursday’s Sovereign Grant Report, the royal family’s annual financial document. The trip, which took place over eight days in March, was the most expensive of all trips made by members of the royal family in the last financial year.

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During their tour, William and Kate took part in a number of events that drew global backlash, such as welcoming crowds of children through a chain link fence in Jamaica, as well as recreating the Queen and Prince Philip’s colonial-era photo op, in which they stood at the back of a Land Rover being driven along a parade route.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge drive in a Land Rover as they take part in the inaugural parade for service personnel from across the Caribbean with Prince William, Duke of Cambridge at the Jamaica Defense Force on day six of Platinum Jubilee Royal Tour of the Caribbean on March 24, 2022 in Kingston, Jamaica.

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Though the Queen is highly regarded across the region, Britain has been accused by many of having, at best, a callous attitude towards its former colonies. This sentiment was reinforced by the UK’s treatment of many Caribbean immigrants who arrived in Britain after World War II and helped rebuild a war-torn country.

In recent years, some Caribbean people who had lived legally in Britain for decades have been denied housing, work or medical treatment, and in some cases have been deported for not having paperwork to prove their status.

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The UK government has apologized and agreed to compensation, but the scandal has sparked deep anger in both Britain and the Caribbean.


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During the tour, William attempted to apologize for his family’s role in perpetuating slavery and colonialism.

At a dinner hosted by Jamaica’s governor-general, Prince William said slavery “should never have happened” and “taints our history”.

But visitors to the island were also warmly welcomed. On the Charm Offensive tour, the couple danced with villagers in Belize and played soccer with Jamaican-born soccer forward Raheem Sterling.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge dance during a traditional Garifuna festival on day two of a Platinum Jubilee Royal Tour of the Caribbean March 20, 2022 in Hopkins, Belize.

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According to the latest financial report, the second most expensive foreign visit in the last year was from Prince Charles, who traveled to Barbados to attend a transition ceremony when they deposed Queen Elizabeth as head of state and became their own republic, marking the island nation’s nearly 400-year relationship with the British monarchy.

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The Sovereign Grant is public funding to support Queen Elizabeth II’s official duties and other expenses such as official travel, staffing for working royals and the upkeep of occupied palaces.

The size of the grant – £86.3m ($135m) in 2021-22 – is based on a share of profits from the Crown Estate, a vast collection of property across the UK. The amount is equivalent to £1.29 ($2) per year per person in the country.

The British royal family also has other sources of income, including tourists paying to visit royal palaces.


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The Daily Mirror tabloid questioned royal spending on its front page with the headline: “£100m for the royals? Record payout for The Firm as nation struggles.” Anti-monarchy campaign group Republic said the spending was excessive.

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“While the rest of us face a cost of living crisis and ongoing shortages in public services, the royals are walking away with hundreds of millions of pounds of taxpayer money, as always,” said the group’s chief executive, Graham Smith.

Palace officials said Prince Charles and the royal family are paying close attention to the rapidly rising cost of living and are “extremely aware” of the crisis.

The annual financial report was released amid heightened scrutiny of Charles’ finances, with recent news reports claiming the heir to the throne received millions of pounds in cash in a suitcase and tote bags from the former Prime Minister of Qatar.

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The Sunday Times reported that Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani gave the prince a total of 3 million euros ($4.1 million). Charles’ office said the donations were “prompted” to one of the Prince’s charities and that “appropriate management” was carried out.

The newspaper made no allegation that anything illegal was done, and Charles’ office denied any wrongdoing.

Still, spokespersons for Charles said Wednesday, “That was then and that is now,” stressing that he would never handle large cash donations again.

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With files from Associated Press

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