Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s last royal tour cost taxpayers $310K
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s last official tour as royals was a huge hit … on the wallet.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s spent more than $310,000 of UK taxpayers’ money traveling to Africa on their last trip before Megxit — the most expensive royal tour of the financial year, Buckingham Palace accounts show.
The tour of South Africa, Angola, Malawi and Botswana last September had been the first royal appearance for baby Archie, who was then four months old and got to meet anti-apartheid campaigner Desmond Tutu.
While there, the couple filmed controversial interviews exposing a rift with other royals for an ITV documentary, “Harry & Meghan: an African Journey,” with Harry admitting he and brother William were on “different paths.”
The filmmaker with them, Tom Bradby, has also said he believes they were already planning a “long, sad farewell” to royal life with their impending Megxit during the trip.
A senior royal source told The Independent that the couple is under no obligation to pay back the money — and insisted the trip “fulfilled the objectives that were set out for it.”
Harry’s dad, Prince Charles, also had an expensive trip — spending more than $265,000 for a two-day visit to Oman so that Charles could pay his condolences following the death of Sultan Qaboos bin Said, Buckingham Palace’s Sovereign Grant financial report shows.
The charter flight was taken at short notice and other options were not available, The Independent’s source said.
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