A former member of Parliament and a present member of the Privy Council — the physique that formally advises the monarch — has slammed Prince Harry and Meghan Markle for bilking British taxpayers out of tens of thousands and thousands earlier than operating for the Los Angeles hills.
Norman Baker, a former Liberal Democrat for East Sussex and writer of “… And What Do You Do?” – a tome vital of the royal household – writes within the Each day Mail that, “From their wedding ceremony day to March 31 this 12 months, I estimate the British taxpayer has forked out greater than £44 million ($53 million) to supply Harry and Meghan with, it appears, no matter they need.”
After a research of the couple’s funds, an outraged Baker has damaged it down for all of us, including that the payments preserve coming although the couple has moved to the US. Baker casually factors out that whereas Harry and Meghan could also be wealthy — the couple collectively are estimated to be value over $25 million — they aren’t wealthy sufficient to afford their way of life. Like his Uncle Andrew and Aunt Sarah, Harry enjoys the great life at different’s expense.
The Wedding ceremony
The biggest invoice the taxpayer needed to take care of was the couple’s wedding ceremony, which Baker says price a whopping $40.Eight million — of which the royals personally contributed simply $2.four million. As compared, Prince William and Kate’s 2011 wedding ceremony price $24.three million.
The invoice was so excessive attributable to safety, which is claimed to have price over $35 million, however there have been different extravagances. In keeping with Baker, the Ministry of Protection ordered 20 new trumpets for $109,000, a PA system, non-public contractors and flags and banners ordered by the Division for Tradition, Media and Sport (DCMS) — to the tune of $1.83 million. Then there was additionally the $1.2 million invoice for crowd management boundaries, Jumbotron screens and waste administration.
After the marriage, the couple have been set to maneuver into an house in Kensington Palace. However, after the $1.7 million renovation to the 21-room house, Harry and Meghan determined to reside elsewhere. The queen granted them Frogmore Cottage on the Windsor Citadel property and so one other $2.9 million was spent on sprucing that up. The couple stayed lower than six months earlier than bolting for Canada — all of the whereas promising to pay again the taxpayers for the most recent renovations. Baker notes: “The couple have mentioned they’ll repay the renovation prices for Frogmore Cottage. They’ve supplied ($22,000) a month, which can also be meant to cowl hire. Assuming a hire of ($12,000) a month, it would take them 25 years to repay the renovation prices, and that’s with out curiosity or any ongoing
Baker additionally provides that “for the reason that wedding ceremony, Meghan can also be mentioned to have amassed a ($731,000) jewellery assortment (together with gadgets gifted to her by Harry and the Queen), a group bigger than the late Princess Diana’s, together with a surprising new diamond ring.”
Baker estimates that the associated fee for Harry and Meghan’s employees – together with PR gurus, workplace employees, secretaries and attorneys – price British taxpayers a watch watering $721,000 over two years.
“Till March 31, after they ceased to be working royals, the staff of as much as 15 included a personal secretary (who can earn a wage of $177,000 a 12 months), PR director Sara Latham, and a full staff of servants together with a housekeeper ($36,500) and a nanny,” Baker writes – though he notes the nanny would have been paid from non-public funds.
The couple have been shamed into flying financial system recently, however their tastes bend towards first-class. Whereas buddies have flown them in non-public jets, in March 2019, Bakler writes Harry “took a helicopter journey costing an estimated ($6,000) from London to Birmingham and two days later instructed a crowd at Wembley Stadium to ‘get up’ and act on ‘the damaging impression our methods are having on the world.’” The couple even have taken journeys to Australia and Singapore (to not point out a number of flights to and from Canada and the US) and total, Baker estimates their journey price at $1.2 million.
On account of Harry and Meghan’s love for transferring and journey, safety prices are overwhelming, and the couple rang up an $8.5 million invoice earlier than they stop the monarchy.
Whereas they usually flew privately (paid for by celeb buddies), “they have been at all times accompanied by safety officers funded by the taxpayer. The invoice for this, together with business-class journey for the officers (as confirmed by former royal safety officer Ken Wharfe), and any additional time and away-from-home allowances, has fallen to the general public,” Baker writes.
As a result of they moved 3 times in two years to locations exterior of London requiring “bespoke” safety provisions, the prices ballooned even additional. The couple’s a number of home strikes have additionally pushed up the prices to the general public.
“It’s way more costly to supply bespoke safety in an uncovered location exterior London — similar to Frogmore Cottage — than it’s in Kensington Palace,” Baker writes, including, “Because the couple are preserving Frogmore Cottage as their base on this nation, a safety element is believed to stay in place there although it’s unoccupied and there’s no signal of the couple coming again any time quickly.”
In Canada, their private safety squad stayed in a $1,300 per week Airbnb they usually have been protected by officers from the Metropolitan Police in addition to Canadian Mounties “incurring a invoice for each British and Canadian taxpayers.”
Whereas the couple is promising to pay after they become profitable, Baker writes, “Within the deal reached with the Palace, Harry and Meghan have stored their HRH titles however is not going to ‘use’ them. That is vital because the standing gives a mechanism for assist — notably monetary assist from the taxpayer for safety — to be supplied to them.”
Allowance from daddy
Harry and Meghan are mentioned to be receiving round $2.5 million a 12 months from Prince Charles — who will get his cash from the Duchy of Cornwall. All this will appear high-quality besides that Baker writes, “Controversially, Charles is allowed to categorise this allowance to Harry as a enterprise expense, which he can set in opposition to tax. Which means that the general public purse continued to assist Harry for so long as Charles continued with this strategy to funding the Duke.” This could imply that tax loss is an estimated $2.32 million for 2 years.
All of it provides as much as a hefty invoice the general public should pay for a a pair who turned their backs on Britain.