ROYAL FURY: Prince Charles sparks anger in Australia over Commonwealth bill

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PRINCE Charles has sparked fury among Australians over his £100k travel bill during the Commonwealth Games last year.

Australian taxpayers coughed up the cash to fund 19 flights for the prince and his entourage which included a dresser, butler, valet and hairdresser. However, the 70-year-old prince was actually on board for only 11 of the flights. And it cost an eye-watering £21,610 for the Duchess of Cornwall to join The Prince of Wales on two flights from Singapore to the Australian city of Wagga Wagga before going on to Brisbane.

Prince Charles pictured at theCommonwealth Games last year Image Getty
Prince Charles pictured at theCommonwealth Games last year Image Getty

She accompanied her husband as he opened the games last April on the Gold Coast.

The prince clocked up the air miles as he flew around Australia and the Pacific nation of Vanuatu during the ten day visit last spring, according to a report in the Daily Mail.

The Australian Republic Movement were unimpressed with the news, with national director Michael Cooney describing the prince’s visit as “very expensive.”

Prince Charles and Camilla clocked up the cost during their visit Image Getty
Prince Charles and Camilla clocked up the cost during their visit Image Getty

He added: “To have people who are staff and junior staff fly VIP unaccompanied by the prince is unreasonable.”

The Mail revealed that the total cost of the Prince’s trip Down Under came to £451, 760.

But despite the vast cost of the trip, the prince actually cut back on the size of his entourage in comparison to his tour of Australia in 2012 when he was accompanied by 18 members of staff.

The prince has come under fire for his large luxury travel bill on many previous occasions.

The Prince of Wales took 11 flights around Australia Image Getty
The Prince of Wales took 11 flights around Australia Image Getty

Back in 2017, he spent £1million on travel, using a private jet on a tour around India, Singapore, Brunei and Malaysia which cost £362,149.

The same year, he also took seven journeys on the royal train which is the most expensive form of royal travel, costing roughly £20,000 per journey.

Clarence House has been contacted for comment.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK