Who pays for Prince Andrew

It is the newlyweds' first official trip abroad. Not only in Canada, but also in the motherland of the British Empire, every step of Prince William and his wife Catherine is followed with eagle eyes. It is good for the image that the royal family emphasizes that it is an economical trip. After all, the Queen's subjects have to reckon with every penny given the ongoing economic crisis in the country.

The conservative-liberal government mercilessly uses the red pencil when it comes to public spending. So why shouldn't the Royals take a step back? The Duchess of Cambridge decided not to take a maid along on her trip to Canada for cost reasons, the tabloid reported Evening Standard. However, Kate apparently wanted her private hairdresser with her. It is not yet known what the Canada show will cost the UK taxpayer in the end. It shouldn't be cheap.

Most recently, William's father, heir to the throne, Prince Charles, was in the line of fire after he had significantly increased his spending at the taxpayer's expense last year - by almost 18 percent to just under two million pounds (2.2 million euros), like the office of Prince admitted. Together with his wife Camilla, the 62-year-old Crown Prince has traveled 34,000 miles around the globe on "official commitments". Each sovereign travel mile costs the taxpayer about £ 30.

Charles's brother, Prince Andrew, who is the British government's foreign trade representative, has also come under heavy criticism. The 51-year-old does the job on a voluntary basis, but it causes high travel and expense bills and therefore already bears the nickname Airmiles Andy. So the conservative and otherwise loyal to the king revolted Daily Telegraph about Prince Andrew financing a trip to an economic summit in Egypt with £ 50,000.

But not only the travel expenses of the royals are in the age of austerity, frugality and modesty, an issue in London. The British government has now announced that it will cut government grants for the royal household by nine percent by 2015. For her part, the Queen was able to report a small saving success - despite the high travel expenses of her sons.