Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's final royal trip to Africa was the most expensive of the year

September 25, 2020

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s final trip as members of the Royal Family came with a hefty price tag.

The Daily Mail notes that the high-profile trip to South Africa, Botswana, Angola and Malawi taken last September cost British taxpayers almost a quarter of a million pounds.

Buckingham Palace's Sovereign Grant financial reports note that £245,643 or roughly $313,030.24 was spent simply on flights and private jets for the couple and their crew making it the most expensive trip of the year.

The cost was defended as a key visit approved by the Foreign Office to “highlight the work of numerous charities.”

“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex undertook over 20 engagements, bringing attention to a number of worthwhile causes, in particular, raising awareness of the work and the legacy of the Halo Trust [an anti-landmine charity championed by Princess Diana],” a source said.

According to The Independent, a senior royal source said the couple is not under any obligation to pay the money back as it filled all the obligations it was intended to.

The trip came just a few months before The Sussexes stepped down as senior members and moved to the U.S. with their son, Archie. Since then, they’ve secured a lucrative deal with Netflix.

The second most expensive royal trip clocked in at £210,345 or $267,958.50 and covered a private charter plane to take Prince Charles to Oman for a two-day trip after the death of the king.

And in third place was the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s tour to Pakistan, which cost £117,116 or $149,208.13.

The overall cost of royal travel to the taxpayer was £5.3m or $6.7 million in the last financial year.

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