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Prince Charles's income up by 7%

Prince Charles
The prince has reduced his carbon footprint

The Prince of Wales's private income rose by 7% to more than 16m last year, Clarence House accounts show.

Money generated by the Duchy of Cornwall increased by just over 1m to 16.2m in the last financial year.

But the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) generated by the prince's activities fell by 18%.

Clarence House said the reduction was due to a switch to "green" electricity supplies and a further reduction in travel-related emissions.

Figures showed the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) generated by the prince's travel and domestic energy use fell by 630 tonnes to 2,795 tonnes during 2007-08.

The cost of the prince's official travel by air and rail fell 22% from 1.4m to 1.1m. Journeys by plane and train are paid for by the taxpayer.

'Good picture'

The prince's personal costs, referred to in the accounts as "non-official expenditure", fell from 2.6m to 2.2m.

The amount of tax the heir to the throne paid to HM Revenue and Customs dropped by 5,000 to 3.4m.

Sir Michael Peat, the prince's top aide, said he hoped the figures showed "a good picture".

He said: "I don't want to sound complacent but I really do believe that the contribution their royal highnesses make to national life continues to develop and broaden and strengthen.

"The Prince of Wales has a special knack of putting his finger on issues of underlying and long-term importance and for seeing beyond fashion and political correctness - and there are some good examples in the annual review."

Meanwhile, following a Freedom of Information request by the Guardian newspaper, it was revealed that five helicopter flights made by Prince William while training with the RAF cost more than 50,000.

The flights - which included journeys to a stag party and a trip to the family home of his girlfriend, Kate Middleton - have been criticised as an alleged abuse of military training.




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