Prince’s travel costs shoot up 48%

By staff

The Prince of Wales’ travel costs have shot up by almost 50 per cent, according to figures released by Clarence House today.

Official travel by air and rail rose from £1.15 million to £1.7 million.

His private income rose by only one per cent, however, to £16.4 million during the last financial year.

But the overall amount of money Prince Charles received from the taxpayer was up almost a quarter on last year.

Money from grants in aid and government departments jumped up 23.5 per cent, from £2.4 million to £3 million.

His official expenditure rose by nearly 20 per cent, from £10.4 million to £12.5 million, but his tax bill fell by ten per cent from £3.42 to £3 million.