What would you expect to pay for a 16 day holiday for you and your partner to the Eastern States? Four grand including flights? Maybe you want to live lavishly so you set aside 10 grand… or perhaps you are awarded a handsome inheritance so you lash out and push 50 grand.
How about spending $411,000?
How about you spend that much but actually it is coming out of the pockets of the Australian taxpayer?
That precisely the situation and invoice that we paid to see Harry and Meghan last year when the Royals visited Australia after their wedding.
Obviously there are the expenses that wouldn’t be obvious to the ordinary un-royal person… heightened security, advisors and other royal staff that were obliged to accompany the couple, but otherwise the bill was extraordinary!
In the two-week (just over) the Prince Harry and Meghan Markle holiday party spent $237,700.34 on flights, accommodation, meals and incidentals, with ground and water transport coming to $102,117.07. The remainder fell under miscellaneous costs such as printing, official photography, “VIP facilitation” and hospitality related costs.
See Sean's take on the topic during the Breakfast Show on Monday!
Australian monarchists will argue that the tourism the pair brought in and the business associated with that would counteract the bill, and may even point out the fact that it was cheaper than Prince William’s 10-day visit with wife Kate and young Prince George in 2014.
Either way you think they could have saved us a couple extra bucks on their journey… I mean, since when was the Aussie taxpayer supposed to fork out for a honeymoon?