Pricing for Kate Middleton and Prince William’s Controversial Caribbean Tour Revealed

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Getty Kate Middleton and Prince William leave the Bahamas on March 26

New details on Kate Middleton and Prince Williamis controversial caribbean tour are revealed.

According to a report from the palace on Wednesday, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s March trip cost the British taxpayer $275,000.

William and Kate’s tour of Belize, Jamaica and the Bahamas was the Royal Family’s most expensive tour in the past financial year, which has just ended. While the visit was made in honor of William’s grandmother queen elizabeth‘s Platinum Jubilee, the couple have encountered growing tensions in the Caribbean countries where the Queen remains head of state. The tour saw protests against colonialism and calls for the Queen to be given up as head of state.

Last week William said in a revolutionary address as he and Kate learn how “the past weighs heavily on the present” amid the controversy that followed their tour.

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attend the first commissioning parade

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attend the first commissioning parade

Karwai Tang/WireImage Prince William and Kate Middleton in Jamaica on March 24

The second most expensive foreign visit was that of Prince Charles, who visited Barbados last November at a cost of $168.00. The heir to the throne was present for the Barbados handover ceremony as they deposed Queen Elizabeth as head of state and was sworn in as the island nation’s first president.

The Queen’s use of the royal train (that she took to Scotland this week) in Cornwall to host G7 political leaders last June cost $38,400. The report only includes trips costing more than $18,100.

There were also 179 helicopter flights by members of the royal family (for a total of $1.1 million) and 24 charter flights (at a cost of $341,000).

It was also revealed that the Royal Family undertook more trips and tours in the last financial year than the year before due to the easing of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall arrive to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) on June 21, 2022 in Kigali, Rwanda.  Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, has attended five of the 24 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings held since 1971: Edinburgh in 1997, Uganda in 2007, Sri Lanka in 2013 (representing the Queen), Malta in 2015 and the United United in 2018. It was during Britain's CHOGM that it was officially announced that the Prince would succeed the Queen as head of the Commonwealth.  The leaders of the Commonwealth countries meet every two years for the meeting which is hosted by a different member country on a rotating basis.

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall arrive to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) on June 21, 2022 in Kigali, Rwanda. Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, has attended five of the 24 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings held since 1971: Edinburgh in 1997, Uganda in 2007, Sri Lanka in 2013 (representing the Queen), Malta in 2015 and the United United in 2018. It was during Britain’s CHOGM that it was officially announced that the Prince would succeed the Queen as head of the Commonwealth. The leaders of the Commonwealth countries meet every two years for the meeting which is hosted by a different member country on a rotating basis.

Ian Vogler-Pool/Getty Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall

Royal aides acknowledge there is a ‘tension’ between the Royal Family’s desire to cut carbon emissions and their environmental work – such as William’s Earthshot Prize and Charles’ sustainability and climate control efforts.

“Travel is an important part of the Royal Family, whether visiting communities or traveling abroad at the request of the government. This is part of the main role of the Royal Family” , said a senior royal source. “We’ll take advantage of some of the things we’ve learned during the pandemic, like virtual engagements, but there’s no substitute for physical engagements.”

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To combat this, the royal family uses biofuels on the royal train. Charles also spearheaded efforts to use sustainable jet fuel. An aide praises the Royal Air Force as ‘brilliant partners’ when the Royal Family uses the RAF’s Voyager jet. Every royal flight made by Voyager from the UK will be operated on sustainable fuel. All travel-related emissions are also offset, something Charles has paved the way for.

“There is a conflict between being an environmental champion and official travel,” said the royal assistant. “It’s tricky, but that’s how he tries to juggle things.”

Richard L. Militello