Prince Andrew spent £16,000 on private flight to watch golf using taxpayer money

Prince Andrew spent £16,000 on a flight to watch the The Open Golf Championship in Northern Ireland at the expense of the Brit taxpayer, it has emerged.

The Duke of York flew in a private jet from Farnborough, Hants, to Portrush, in Northern Ireland last July.

According to reports, there were 13 daily flight from London to Belfast during this time period, which would have been considerably cheaper.

A source said Andrew was there “on behalf of his patronage” and arrangements had been made to "enable him to travel by scheduled flight."

Prince Andrew was later stripped of his patronage following a car crash interview with Emily Maitlis for BBC's Newsnight in November.

He was slammed for his failure to apologise for his friendship with paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

Prince Andrew denied any involvement in the billionaire's alleged crimes.

Prince Andrew's expensive flight was detailed in the delayed annual Sovereign Grant Report.

It reveals how royals have spent the annual allowances from the Treasury.

Andrew's sister Princess Anne is also under fire for a day trip to Rome for a Six Nations match in February as patron of the Scottish Rugby Association, costing the taxpayer £16,440.

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A royal source said the charter flight she took was "deemed being most appropriate" in relation to security, as well as "value for money".

Prince Charles forked out £19,100 on a private flight to Aberdeen a day before Britain went into coronavirus lockdown in March.

The travel costs for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's high-profile family tour to southern Africa last September cost the taxpayer nearly £246,000.

Meghan and Harry's trip to Africa included a visit to Botswana and South Africa in the 10-day tour, with the duke also travelling solo to Angola, Malawi and Botswana.

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