THE ROYAL FAMILY has come under scrutiny this week for spending increases including a projected £369million on Buckingham Palace – but Prince Charles is “not likely” to live there as King as “none” of the Royal Family “like it”, according to a royal biographer.
The Royal Family’s spending from the Sovereign Grant – funded by taxpayer’s money – has been released this week, which revealed a 41 percent increase in expenditure from last year. While Meghan Markle and Prince Harry came under fire for their £2.5million renovation of Frogmore Cottage, the huge increase in spending is linked to the £369million refurbishment programme of Buckingham Palace which is currently under way. However, despite the extensive programme of works, Prince Charles is “not likely” to live at Buckingham Palace when he takes the throne,according to a royal biographer.
Penny Junor, in her 2017 book “The Duchess” writes: “For the last few hundred years, the sovereign has lived at Buckingham Palace when he or she is in London, but it’s not a home and none of the present incumbents like it.
“The Queen and Prince Philip were forced to give up Clarence House and move across the park when her father died, but she was very young and had a forceful Prime Minister in Winston Churchill, and was not in a position to protest.
“Charles, approaching 70, is not likely to be such a pushover.
“He and Camilla are very happy at Clarence House and have made the private quarters a real home.”
Prince Charles is “not likely” to live at Buckingham Palace as king according to Ms Junor (Image: Getty)
Queen Elizabeth II in her audience room at Buckingham Palace (Image: Getty)
Ms Junor also explains that Charles’ beloved estate Highgrove will become Prince William’s when he becomes Prince of Wales, although he and Kate Middleton are reportedly very fond of their Norfolk home Anmer Hall.
This week, BBC royal correspondent Sarah Campbell described the Palace as “crumbling” on the inside.
Ms Campbell told CBSN News: “This year we found there had been a 41 percent increase in spending, much of that is to do actually with a 10-year-long project to do with Buckingham Palace.
“Although from the outside it looks very grand, actually inside it’s crumbling.
“Lots of things like plumbing and wiring hasn’t been replaced since World War 2, so that’s taking a lot of money.”
The carbon footprint of the Royal Family has also been interrogated, as this week’s report indicated that it had risen by 98 percent largely due to international travel.
Buckingham Palace itself was once described as ”the biggest central heating radiator in the capital” for its own energy inefficiency,
Energy expert Ivan Lucas of green energy company Navitron, who helped carry out a 2009 survey of the Palace, said: “Clearly, the windows are single-glazed and I suspect that it would not be acceptable to replace with double-glazing.
Buckingham Palace’s interior was shown off to slendid effect at this month’s state banquet (Image: Getty)
Crowds gather at Buckingham Palace for this year’s Trooping the Colour (Image: Getty)
“However, improvements in draught-proofing on the windows, and perhaps adding secondary glazing would significantly reduce heat losses and bills.”
The current refurbishment works aim to improve the Palace’s energy efficiency by 40 percent.
Solar panels are being placed on the roof in addition to an anaerobic digestion unit to generate biogas from good and organic waste.
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The Palace is also said to be considering solar thermal panels, ground source heat pumps, electrical heating, and fuel cells.
Buckingham Palace became a royal residence in the eighteenth century, and was designated as the principal home of the monarch in 1837 upon the accession of Queen Victoria.
In addition to its use for state occasions, the Palace has been open to the public since 1992, when the Queen decided to open the doors to raise funds for the repairs of Windsor Castle which was extensively damaged by fire the year.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK