Dazzling Cost of Prince William and Kate’s Controversial Caribbean Tour Revealed – National

The financial details for Prince William and Kate Middleton’s controversial Caribbean tour have been revealed, showing the pair 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, which was intended to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s 70th anniversary on the throne. Instead, members of the royal family got a backlash at each of their stops as protesters spoke out against colonialism at the hands of the British royal family.

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The details were published Thursday in the Sovereign Grant report, the royal family’s annual financial document. The journey, which lasted eight days in March, was the most expensive of any journeys made by members of the royal family in the past fiscal year.

While on tour, William and Kate took part in a number of events that caused a stir worldwide, such as greeting crowds of children through a wire mesh fence in Jamaica, as well as mimicking the colonial-era photo setup of the Queen and Prince Philip. what they were in. the back of a Land Rover as it is driven along a parade route.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge drive a Land Rover as they attend the inaugural Commissioning Parade for service personnel from across the Caribbean with Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, joining the Jamaica Defense Force on day six of the Platinum Anniversary Royal Tour of the Caribbean on March 24, 2022 in Kingston, Jamaica.

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Although the Queen is highly regarded throughout the region, Britain is accused by many of – at best – a heartless attitude towards its former colonies. That feeling has been reinforced by the way the UK has treated many Caribbean immigrants who came to Britain after World War II and helped rebuild a war-ravaged country.

In recent years, some people from the Caribbean who had lived legally in Britain for decades were denied housing, jobs or medical treatment, and in some cases were deported because they had no paperwork to prove their status.

The British government has apologized and agreed to pay compensation, but the scandal has sparked outrage in both the UK and the Caribbean.

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While on tour, William tried 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 “stained our history”.

However, there was also a lot of warm reception for the island visitors. During the “Charm Offensive” tour, the pair danced with villagers in Belize and played soccer with Jamaican-born soccer striker Raheem Sterling.

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

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

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

The amount of the grant – £86.3 million ($135 million) in 2021-22 – is based on a share of the profits from the Crown Estate, a huge collection of real estate in 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 who pay to visit royal palaces.

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

“As always, while the rest of us face a cost of living crisis and continued pressure on public services, the royals are walking off with hundreds of millions of pounds of taxpayer money,” said Graham Smith, the group’s CEO.

Palace officials have 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 published amid tightened scrutiny of Charles’ finances, with recent news reports claiming the heir to the throne had been given millions of pounds in cash in a briefcase and tote bags from the former Qatari Prime Minister.

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

The paper did not claim that anything illegal had been done, and Charles’s office denied any wrongdoing.

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

With Associated Press files

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