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Prince Charles enjoys bumper 11% rise in taxpayer funding

By Tony Jones

Published 29/06/2012

Prince Charles st reads Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, The Official Biography'in a living room at Birkhall the Scottish home of the Prince and Duchess of Cornwall (Photo by John Stillwell-WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Prince Charles st reads Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, The Official Biography'in a living room at Birkhall the Scottish home of the Prince and Duchess of Cornwall (Photo by John Stillwell-WPA Pool/Getty Images)

The Prince of Wales's funding from the taxpayer increased by 11% during the last financial year, official accounts showed today.

Charles's income from grants-in-aid and Government departments rose from £1,962,000 to £2,194,000, an increase of £232,000 during 2011/12.

He also saw his private funding from the Duchy of Cornwall - the landed estate given to the heir to the throne to provide him or her with an income - go up by 3% to £18.3 million.

The Prince's tax bill rose marginally from £4,398,000 to £4,496,000, an increase of £98,000.

Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall travelled almost 48,000 miles to and from official engagements at home and abroad.

Spending on official travel by air and rail came to £1,318,000 - up £238,000, or 22%, from the previous financial year.

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