Royal anger: Prince Charles LAMBASTED over 13-strong entourage with ‘TRAVELLING YEOMAN’
PRINCE CHARLES has sparked fury among Australian republicans, after racking up a bill of over £160,000 during his landmark tour of Australia in March and April.
Republicans took aim at the Prince’s 13-strong entourage, which included a ‘travelling yeoman’, who has been described as a member of staff who ensures “the right clothes are in the right place at all times”.
However, one critic branded the role a “baggage man with an ancient title”.
Michael Cooney, national director of the Australian Republic Movement, took aim at the Prince and questioned why the Australian government had paid for his entourage when farmers in rural regions including Dubbo, New South Wales, were struggling following a devastating drought.
Speaking to News.com, he said: “The government should explain to drought stricken Dubbo farmers why we could afford to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars before Prince Charles had even arrived in Australia.
The government should explain to drought stricken Dubbo farmers why we could afford to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars before Prince Charles had even arrived in Australia
“Why did the government force Australians to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to bring butlers, valets and travelling yeomen?
“Prince Harry may carry his own bag but the next King of Australia has more staff than a VIP plane can carry.”
Local media added that the costs accrued by the Prince during his tour showed “just how expensive a King Charles could be for Australians should he succeed his mother, Queen Elizabeth”.
Prince Charles nevertheless cut back on the size of his entourage in 2018 compared to his tour of Australia in 2012, when he was accompanied by 18 members of staff.
It was also revealed in September that the Australian taxpayers were burdened with a $19,000 bill for a private trip Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall made to see an old friend.
The Royal couple visited billionaire hedge-fund owner Sir Michael Hintze at his home in Gundagai, around 400km south-west of Sydney.
It was initially reported that the private visit would come at “no cost to the taxpayer”, but it was later revealed that the Australian government did cover the costs of the Royal entourage’s stay during the excursion.
A freedom of information request made by journalist William Summers revealed that around $18,916 was spent on Prince Charles’ 13-strong entourage, who stayed in a hotel while the Duke and Duchess stayed in Sir Hintze’s property.
Recovered receipts reveal that around $11,000 was spent on chauffeur-driven cars, while hundreds of dollars was spent on food and restaurant bills.
Australia’s Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet nevertheless defended its spending, and stated it followed official guidelines.
The statement said: “A small number of support staff from Clarence House and the Australian Government accompanied Their Royal Highnesses on this portion of the program.
“These support staff were responsible for transport and accommodation arrangements, as well as final preparations for the official elements of the visit.
“All costs for official visits are expended in line with Australian Government procurement guidelines.
“The Australian government did not pay for accommodation or meals for their Royal Highnesses during this portion of the program.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK