PUBLISHED: 18:37, Sun, Oct 25, 2020 | UPDATED: 18:37, Sun, Oct 25, 2020
Prince Harry's high-profile trip cost British taxpayers almost a quarter of a million pounds (Image: Getty Images)
Prince Harry's tour to southern Africa in 2019 was the most expensive of all the royal visits last year, recent figures have shown. The Duke, his wife Meghan Markle, 39, and their then-four-month-old baby son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, went to South Africa. Harry then went on to Angola, Malawi and Botswana alone.
The high-profile trip cost British taxpayers almost a quarter of a million pounds, official accounts showed last month.
According to royal financial records, £245,643 was spent on scheduled flights and a private jet for the couple and their entourage.
This made it the most expensive royal journey of 2019-2020.
However, the couple is under no obligation to pay the money back despite quitting as senior royal three months after the visit, a senior royal source told Sky News.
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Prince Harry, his wife Meghan Markle, and their son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, went to South Africa (Image: Getty Images)
The source explained the tour to southern Africa was an important visit approved by the Foreign Office and helped to showcase the work of multiple charities.
Prince Harry is not the only member of the Royal Family to splurge on tours