But Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are now paying for themselves, with Prince Charles no longer funding them after they relinquished their royal duties when moving abroad in 2020.
Since then, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have signed deals totalling around £100million with online streaming giants Netflix and Spotify.
Reacting to the report, journalist Lorraine King raged: “The Royal Family cost us taxpayers £102.4m last year.
Prince William and Kate Middleton’s trip to the Caribbean cost around £226,000
Prince William and Kate Middleton visited the Caribbean in March
“This includes Prince William and Kate’s ill-fated Caribbean trip which cost us £226k.
“Can we get a refund?
“Meanwhile Harry and Meghan cost us NOTHING because they independently fund themselves.”
William and Kate’s visit to Belize, Jamaica and the Bahamas in March cost roughly £226,000, but the royal couple came in for heavy criticism during the tour, with critics labelling it a “throwback to Britain’s colonial past”.
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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry relinquished their royal duties after moving abroad in 2020
Following the visit, William said in a statement: “Tours are an opportunity to reflect. You learn so much.
“This tour has brought into even sharper focus questions about the past and the future. In Belize, Jamaica and the Bahamas, that future is for the people to decide upon.”
In contrast, Meghan and Harry cost the UK taxpayer absolutely nothing after they gave up their duties as working members of the Royal Family after moving abroad in 2020.
Delivering the Sovereign Grant Report, Keeper of the Privy Purse, Sir Michael Stevens, said: “There was a significant increase in work against a hard deadline to enable Buckingham Palace to be at the centre of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
“We were pleased to deliver against our plans.”
Sir Michael added: “The year was not without operational and financial challenges.
“Covid meant we had another year in which access to the Royal Palaces was restricted for The Royal Collection Trust, which again affected our ability to help self-finance our work on behalf of the nation.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK