King hands hundreds of lower-paid Buckingham Palace staff £600 cost of living bonus

12 November 2022, 16:01 | Updated: 12 November 2022, 16:12

King Charles will pay the workers from his personal income
King Charles will pay the workers from his personal income. Picture: Alamy

By Adam Solomons

Hundreds of Buckingham Palace footmen, cleaners, servants and office staff are being given an extra £600 on top of their pay to help cope with the cost of living crisis.

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The one-off payment will be funded by the King's personal Privy Purse, meaning no taxpayers' money will be used.

Those earning less than £30,000 will be handed £600, while higher-paid workers will be given less.

Royal Household staff will be given the discretionary handout as a goodwill gesture amid rocketing energy bills, petrol costs and supermarket price hikes.

Those on £30,000 to £40,000 will receive £400 extra in their pay packet, The Sun reported.

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The King employs 491 staff at Buckingham Palace and a further 101 at Clarence House, where he used to reside as Prince of Wales alongside Camilla, now the Queen Consort.

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