Queen Camilla will not receive a separate ‘personal funding’ like Prince Philip

Something I still think about from time to time is that when Prince Philip passed away in 2021, he reportedly left behind a fortune somewhere in the vicinity of £30 million. We still don’t know how his estate was allocated because the British courts hushed it up really quickly, and his will won’t be made public for another 97 years. I bring that up because in addition to somehow accumulating £30 million while he was a working royal, Philip also got “special funding” from the British government to operate, to have a small staff and to travel. He received an annual lump sum of £369,000 throughout his marriage to QEII. And now… Queen Camilla will not receive that same amount.

The Queen will not receive Prince Philip-style personal funding from Parliament to fund her official duties, a report has confirmed. The late Duke of Edinburgh received an annual lump sum of £369,000 until his death, despite a change in the way the Royal family’s activities were funded by the taxpayer. However, a National Audit Office (NAO) report into the Royal household’s finances revealed that the cost of the Queen’s activities is met via the Sovereign Grant, with no additional financial input from the taxpayer.

The UK’s independent public spending watchdog on Friday published its spending and accountability report, examining the funding structures of the Royal family as part of its work to improve transparency. It noted that as the King’s “future programme of activities” had yet to be determined, his reign could “alter future funding needs in substantial ways” given that Elizabeth II had cut back on events and travel in recent years.

“Parliament provided Prince Phillip with a separate annuity worth £359,000 per annum,” it said. “Queen Camilla will not receive a separate annuity and the Queen’s activities will be funded from the grant.”

The old-style Civil List, the mechanism used to pay the late Queen and working members of the Royal family via Government grants to cover official expenses, was replaced in 2012 by the Sovereign Grant, which is based on a percentage of the Crown Estate’s profits. But the new legislation kept a provision for the Duke, who retired in 2017 and died in 2021, to carry on receiving his annuity for his lifetime. He was mentioned by name in the retained section of the previous Civil List Act 1952 and therefore the annuity is not transferable to Camilla, who would require new legislation to receive such funds.

The Sovereign Grant is reviewed every five years but currently stands at 25 per cent of the Crown Estate’s net surplus two years prior, which equated to £86.3 million for 2022-23. Ten per cent of that is used to fund the refurbishment of Buckingham Palace.

[From The Telegraph]

It’s very curious. Why was this arrangement made for Philip in the first place? Why wasn’t he always funded through the then-Civil List, and then the Sovereign Grant? It makes sense that Camilla wouldn’t get her own special funding, but it makes less sense that they kept Philip’s separate operational cost for decades. The only thing that makes any sense to me is the generational argument about husbands and wives, where it would have “looked bad” (at the time) for QEII to have authority over her husband’s finances. Now the worry is that King Charles is going to cut off all of his relatives and give everything to Camilla.

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  1. HeyKay says:

    Endless giving these fools more money must end!

    • kirk says:

      Interesting – Philip’s stipend was grandfathered into the switch from Civil List to Sovereign Grant. Based on everything else I’ve read the Sovereign Grant calculation costs UK taxpayers more, and is less accountable. Getting rid of holdover seems appropriate, but I’m not in BRFCo fan club.

  2. WiththeAmericann says:

    I am positive that the worry that Charles will cut off his entire family and leave everything to Camilla is well founded.

    Billy should be looking at the real threat, Cams, instead of his brother.

  3. I’m sure you’re right that he will cut everybody off to fund Horsilla. After all the dirty work she does for him he will find a way.

  4. Lorelei says:

    Honestly, Camilla has him wrapped around her little finger— Charles has probably been funneling her tons of his money all along for years now, and has likely already made arrangements for her and her family members to receive a nice chunk of the rest if he predeceases her. Somehow I doubt Elizabeth spent £ on Philip the way that Chuck does on the Sidepiece Consort.

    Who knows; these people are so sketchy about their finances that no one will ever know the full truth about where it all went. But I can bet that Charles will find a way, somehow, to give her everything. He’s sure as sh!t not giving Harry or his children anything (if he even acknowledges their existence 😒), and William is already set for life.

    • Cairidh says:

      When she was still the mistress, Charles started paying her £2-300,000 a year, that was just for personal expenses. She said she needed it to maintain the standards expected of the partner of the prince of wales. Before she was officially his mistress she’d slum around in trousers and jumpers and scruffy hair. Afterwards she was expected to have her hair professionally done and wear designer clothes.
      Can’t remember what the rest was for…. I think it was the bills for her house as she had trouble paying after she was divorced. It was considered that Charles was to blame for her marriage ending and her then not having a husband to pay the bills, so Charles was expected to solve the problem and provide for her.
      Her friend was at her house once and the doorbell rang and Camilla told her to be quiet and hide because it was the fishmonger and she couldn’t afford to pay him.

  5. FancyPants says:

    I want to know more background here, as in did Charles try to fight to keep this for Camilla or will he when the current deal expires? He has bent over backward to give her everything else, including creepily draping her in his dead mother’s/grandmother’s jewelry.

  6. MSTJ says:

    She’s probably getting more from the sovereign grant and they and bury it in the ‘other’ line item amount when they summarize the annual grant report. If parliament has to approve and fund her allowance it will be in the public record and the public will know how much she receives. The mafia is good, it’s really good at shrouding itself. 🤷‍♀️

  7. Chantal says:

    This is interesting but I’m sure she’s not worried about what to her would be a mere pittance when she’s got access to the billions of the Tampon King and has him under her thumb. I guess TPTB recognize that giving that much money to Camel will greatly upset the people and the Great Grift . Their house of cards is increasingly in danger of falling.

    Only 10% of the SG is going towards the BP repairs? And the king and his heir get funding/income from the SG, the Duchy of Cornwall and the Duchy of Lancaster? Outrageous! Pass the Duchy to the taxpayers! How are the funds from these multiple revenue streams dispersed to the “working” royals? Where’s the transparency? At least half of the SG should go towards BP repairs, esp since they’ve lost so many senior working royals. Watch C-Rex demand and get an increase in the SG despite his slimmed down monarchy

    Unfortunately, I think C-Rex will leave his vast fortune to the heir and Camel and her offspring, leaving Harry nothing or very little. What an absolute ass C-Rex is (apologies to other asses)! How many ways (and days) are the BM going to remind us that C-Rex sucks all day, every day?

  8. Alexandria says:

    No accountability and no consequences so far for all the large scale grift. It will likely continue. Nobody can say for sure where their money goes. I feel sorry for the citizens. Rebelling is not easy to do, they have everyday concerns.

  9. NoNoK says:

    I would love to see a wellresearched nonfiction about Wallis, cams and Meg: personalities that make the windsor men fall fast and hard. What it is about that family that makes the men fall in love the way they do. How much of it is the press/public opinion and how much if it is truly being head over heels and willing to “give it all up”. I would 100% read this.

    • Tessa says:

      Nothing wrong with Meghan and harry. They were free to marry.

    • Tessa says:

      Charles broke his own first marriage to be with Camilla. Edward abdicated the throne. Harry had nothing to lose and everything to gain

    • Cairidh says:

      Lack of affection from a mother in childhood.
      The first two due to distant Queens as mothers. The third due to bereavement.

      • Tessa says:

        Will lost his mother too. He was taken in by Carole who brags about her being a mother figure. I doubt if Diana had lived. Kate would have had no chance.

      • Tessa says:

        Kate would have had no chance with Diana around.

    • Tessa says:

      Wallis would publicly put down Edward and he loved that. He was happy with Wallis and besotted. The queen mother spoiled Charles bringing out his sense of entitlement.

  10. ShazBot says:

    I’m sure this money was about giving Philip something of his own, much in the same way the family name is Mountbatten-Windsor and there were special rules enacted for his precious male ego.
    It also would not surprise me if he was given a lump sum of cash around the mid-50s when their marriage was in shambles and they had to come to an arrangement to make it work for both of them.

  11. Mary Pester says:

    Charlie boy inherited over 650 MILLION from his mother and DIDN’T pay a penny in inheritance tax on it!, that’s without all his personnel wealth from the Dutchy. Honest to god this mafia family make me sick. I even pay tax on my small military pension, so why should they get away with everything that their people DONT. AND yes I have no doubt that everything will go to camzilla and her brood. The whole lot need to be done away with, we don’t need a monarchy and the massive drain on tax payers money

  12. Steph says:

    $359,000(73 yrs of marriage)= $26,207,000

    Would he have needed to actually spend any of this money? If he invested in any property, art, or jewelry or was gifted any of this stuff, he could easily have turned that into $30m.

    • Becks1 says:

      No. I remember reading an article about this around the time he died, and that money was basically just his. I can’t remember if that was in addition to his civil list money or if that was the civil list money, but the article pointed out that the queen still covered all his expenses out of the duchy of lancaster, so he most likely never touched that annual money.

      • ChattyCath says:

        @Becks1 the Duchy of Lancaster is barely mentioned. It really should be mine lol as a descendant of John of Gaunt. It was appropriated by the present Royal Family and all estates where no benefactor is mentioned or traced and all forfeit bankrupt estates go into the pot. There must be other monies. It’s stealing

  13. Nic919 says:

    If the Civil List was removed in 2012 and replaced with the Sovereign Grant, then it looks like Philip was grandfathered in. He was already 90 by then and they likely didn’t expect that he would be around that much longer. Philip also put in a fair number of engagements and prior to retiring in 2017. He was up there in the hundreds. And yes we can argue the purpose of royal work overall, but in the scheme of things Philip was always known to do a number of significant engagements.

    The same cannot be same of Camilla and even less for Kate.

  14. Kara C says:

    There was probably a deal made to provide Prince Philip his own funding so that he could maintain his own office without having to beg his wife for cash. Honestly, that should be the standard for a consort.

    But it’s difficult to argue for that when it comes to Camilla, who’s quite lazy when it comes to most royal endeavors. Her role seems to be shoring up the right-wing media for her (and sometimes Charles’s) gain and hiring people from that same right-wing pool to work on Charles’s staff to benefit her and her family.

    Prince Philip, for all his faults, worked harder than the current royals, and well into his 90s. He cut ribbons and planted trees. He went on overseas trips. He took his honorary military roles quite seriously.

    And it appears he ran a tight ship. His team was organized. There weren’t a lot of leaks. They were usually on time. There wasn’t a lot of “palace intrigue.”

    The money on his office was well-spent.

    By the time he was in his early 90s, he was starting to lob shots at the younger royals (*ahem* William & Kate *ahem*) for not stepping up to the role.

  15. Well Wisher says:

    This is easy, Prince Philip had a career prior to being the Queen’s Consort.
    Unlike Camilla who was known to do the bare minimum. Like Kate, she never worked for a living.

    • yellowy says:

      Camz worked as a receptionist for an interior decorator- ie 1960s posh girl work – prior to marriage. More than Kate managed to be fair, but that’s damning with faint praise.

      • Tessa says:

        Camilla was dismissed from the job by showing up late. It did.not last long. Kate had the part time work with vert very flexible hours. It lasted less than a year

  16. Cessily says:

    Her family from what I understand does not have the longevity that Chuckys does, so we shall see I guess. I truly don’t care what he does with the money, but I imagine Peggy would have a lot to say.

  17. yellowy says:

    8.6 million per year to refurb BP is not much. Honestly, they should be paying much more if they every intend to have it up to code.