In the backlash over the recent $6.8 million Kensington Palace renovations for Prince William and Kate, many are left bewildered as to how Prince William and Kate could up and move to the Anmer Hall country estate gifted to Prince William by the Queen. Those of course are the people who haven’t been paying attention. We welcome all to the Land of the Disenchanted with open arms, we’ve been expecting you. Please make yourselves comfortable, someone will by shortly to collect your Royal Wedding souvenir spoons and those Kate mugs you claimed were ironic but secretly loved.
Today the Royal Household Annual Accounts officially come out. Obviously there are those who have lashed out over the cost of Kensington Palace renovations and Prince William’s and Kate’s decision to live at Anmer Hall so Prince William can play helicopter pilot, but perhaps the most interesting figures that come from this are the ones that won’t ever be listed on any report. Prince William’s decision to postpone royal duties is going to cost taxpayers a fairly large sum of money.
In order to protect Anmer Hall, an estimated fifteen officers will need to be hired to guard the grounds around the clock, costing taxpayers an additional $2.5 million per year. That’s what the taxpayers shelled out annually to secure the couple’s rented farmhouse in Anglesey when the couple decided they wanted the privacy of living off base. At Kensington Palace, there is already a security team in place.
Also at Kensington Palace is the recently installed super-tricked out panic room and state-of-the-art video surveillance. It’s likely Anmer Hall is being similarly outfitted, since it will be their primary if not their “official” residence. The average panic room runs around $1.7 million, likely the second in line to the throne would get an above average panic room. Perhaps a security upgrade is one of the reasons why Anmer Hall isn’t ready yet. Security costs are paid for by the taxpayer and aren’t released apparently for the British Royal Family’s safety. Because even though an insane nut job targeting the Royal Family can count the number of protection officers in published photos and read about the special mesh curtains designed to catch shattering glass in most major magazines around the world, knowing how much each protection officer makes an hour would somehow facilitate their heinous plans.
Anmer Hall is approximately a hundred and twenty miles away from London and a hundred and fifty-two miles away from Berkshire where Kate’s parents live. Likely Kate will make many escapes to stay with her parents like she did when Prince William was an RAF pilot and they lived in Anglesey. Now that she has Prince George, the cost for securing her parents’ Berkshire home for the third in line runs taxpayers in the neighborhood of $17,000 a day.
Of course, what’s distance when the Queen allocates part of the Sovereign’s Grant to lease you a helicopter instead of blowing it on needed repairs to Buckingham Palace? A lot of that priceless artwork in danger of being destroyed by a leaky roof has been around forever, a lot of people have already seen it and there are probably some pictures of that stuff somewhere in case it gets ruined to remind people what it looked like.
In addition to the cost of the helicopter lease, there are operational costs such as fuel and oil, maintenance, a pilot if Prince William isn’t doing the chauffeuring. But the helicopter will come in handy now that Kate will be further away from six of her seven charities. If the seventh, East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices, drops by the house and asks her to do something, Kate can always hop in the helicopter and tell the pilot to step on it. That kind of convenience is priceless.
If Prince William really wants his life to be private then taxpayers shouldn’t have to cover these outrageous sums. No taxpayer-funded protection officers, travel expenses and staff. If he really wants a “normal life”, he should be afforded the opportunity to live just like everyone else. Maybe a glimpse into actual normal life would be enlightening to the Petulant Prince.