Prince Charles gets an extra £232,000 from public
The Duke of Cornwall's funding from the taxpayer increased by 11% during the last financial year, official accounts showed.
Prince Charles's income from grants-in-aid and Government 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 go up by 3% to £18.3 million.
The Prince's tax bill rose marginally from £4,398,000 to £4,496,000.
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.
The accounts cover the Duchess of Cambridge's first full year as a member of the Royal Family, but the increased cost was described as "fairly marginal" by a royal source.
Charles, through his private Duchy income, funds much of the official work of his sons, William and Harry, and wife Camilla. It is thought very little extra outlay has been needed for Kate since her wedding at Westminster Abbey in April last year. Any additional costs to the taxpayer for the new member of Royal Family would have been incurred under grants-in-aid, which pay for official travel by rail and air, communication support and the upkeep of Clarence House. There has also been no need to find additional property for the Duchess.
Kate has ignited huge interest in the monarchy and her choice of outfits has made her a fashion-leader. There has been speculation that she spends tens of thousands on dresses for official functions, but a breakdown of her clothing costs was not included in the accounts released yesterday, only coming under expenditure for official duties and charitable activities – £9,831,000 up from £9,444,000.
Charles, as the groom's father, contributed towards the costs of the royal wedding, along with the Queen and Kate's parents, Michael and Carole Middleton. It is believed the money provided by the families ran into the low hundreds of thousands of pounds.
This figure has also not been released, but is included in the accounts under the unofficial expenditure costs, which totalled £2,609,000, up from £2,539,000 the previous year.
Spending on official travel paid for through grant-in-aid from the Government rose during the financial year from £1.1 million to £1.3 million.
Clarence House said there were a number of reasons for the rise, including more overseas visits by the Prince and the Duchess, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, longer distances travelled during those visits, and the inclusion of part of the costs of a spring tour in 2011 to Portugal, Spain and Morocco.
Graham Smith, chief executive of the campaigning group Republic, said the Government should bring royal spending under proper control. He said: "At a time when the country is facing sweeping cuts to public spending, Charles Windsor wilfully helps himself to whatever travel funds he wants or feels he needs. This 'something-for-nothing' culture in the Royal Household must end."