This Is How Much Prince Harry And Meghan Markle's Aussie Tour Cost Taxpayers
It's been revealed that Australian taxpayers forked out just under $411,000 for last year's royal visit.
It was one of the most highly anticipated visits in Australian history -- Prince Harry was bringing his new wife, American actress Meghan Markle, Down Under.
It was a big trip, with the pair hitting a slew of different locations and countries during the 16-day tour.
Now, documents released by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet have revealed exactly how much Australian taxpayers were slugged for the visit.
According to a spokesperson for the PMC: "The cost of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s trip to Australia totalled $410,579.96. This expenditure meets official procurement guidelines."
Chair of the Australian Republic Movement, Peter FitzSimons, told 10 daily while the young couple were "welcome guests and the Invictus Games was an inspiring occasion", he wished Australia had a "head of state to welcome them and the wounded athletes".
The cost of these visits really does show there'd be no extra cost in being a republic.
Break It Down
The documents show that $237,700.34 was spent on international and domestic travel, including flights, accommodation, meals, and incidentals.
Hospitality and event-related costs came to $46,039.47. The bill for water and ground-transport totalled $102, 117.97, while 'miscellaneous' costs -- such as those for printing invitations and official photography -- came to $24, 723.08.
Not That Bad
While it may seem like a lot, taxpayers actually forked out an extra $63,558 for Prince William and Catherine Middleton's Australian trip back in 2014.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's trip also cost less than Prince Charles' and Camilla's trip to Australia back in 2018 for the Commonwealth Games -- that cost us more than $1 million.
What It Meant For Australia
Despite the cost, the pair's visit Down Under, and Australia's subsequent hosting of the Invictus Games is more than likely to have paid for itself.
The Games, which were started by Prince Harry in 2014, saw 491 competitors from 18 nations compete in the Games, in a communal sporting event not since the likes of the Sydney Olympics in 2000.
A Tourism Australia spokesperon told 10 daily that a number of UK-based travel websites noticed a huge number of spikes for visits to Australia during the couple's trip.
"UK travel site Travelbag reported a 46 percent spike on their website for visits to Australia during Harry and Meghan's visit," they said. "Meanwhile, our own Australia.com website surged 15 percent with enquires from UK visitors during the royals visit."
Tourism Australia went on to quote a statistic from Dubbo Regional Council who claimed the town enjoyed 12,000 trippers during the royals visit. "They equated that to a 3.13 million boom for local tourism," they said.
Meanwhile, the Invictus Games, which were started by Prince Harry in 2014, saw 491 competitors from 18 nations compete in the communal sporting event not seen since the likes of the Sydney Olympics in 2000.
According to the Games' website, the event also saw Sydney play host more than 1000 accompanying family and friends.
That's Great, But What Else Could The Money Have Been Spent On?
A percentage of that $411,000 could've been donated to the Indigenous literacy charity, Wall Of Hands. Their goal is to ensure all Indigenous children living in remote communities are able to read at the minimum standards.
Their goal is to raise $3,600,000 to make that happen.
At roughly $5 for a pack of 14 sanitary pads, we could've bought around 80,000 packets for that $411,000.
Those packets could've then gone to the charity group Share The Dignity, which provides homeless women and victims of domestic violence with basic personal hygiene products.
The charity helps to provide quality surplus food -- from the likes of restaurants and such -- to be rescued and redistributed to those in need.
With the site estimating that for $10, 20 meals could've been delivered to hungry Australians, that $411,000 could've delivered 800,000 meals
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