The Government of Jamaica spent over a whopping $8-million to facilitate Prince William and his wife, Duchess Kate Middleton during their two-day visit to the island dated March 22-24, 2022.
Based on the findings disclosed, the following information shows a breakdown of the expenditure:
For the dinner that was held at the Governor-General of Jamaica, the official residence of Sir Patrick Allen at King’s House on March 23, a massive $4.2 million was spent.
Additionally, an amount surpassing $804,000 was spent for infrastructure and decor, which also comprises sanitization services.
Over $422,000 was spent on fuel and toll charges. The type of vehicle that was used to escort the Royals throughout their stay was not disclosed, however, photos circulated in the media showed them parading in an open back Land Rover on their scheduled date of departure.
Furthermore, $333,000 was used to print programmes, labels and stickers as well as electronic banners. $123,000 was used for media, while $50,000 covered the performance at the Trench Town culture yard by cultural performers.
Prior to the arrival of the Royals, Robert Morgan, Minister without Portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister with responsibility for Information had asserted to the public at a post-Cabinet press briefing that “The Government doesn’t pay for Royal visits”.
This disclosure was made due to concerns raised by the public on if taxpayers will be footing the bill for their visit.
Prince William and his wife, Kate Middleton did an 8-day tour of Caribbean islands in celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.