Charles received 1,000 complaints over wedding

The figure was one insight into the heir to the throne's world offered in an annual review of his finances and activities yesterday which showed that his income from the Duchy of Cornwall Estate had risen by 11 per cent to more than £13m. In addition, the Prince of Wales received 4p in grants from each taxpayer.

Details emerged as the 56-year-old Prince presented The Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy at Clarence House while his wife opened a shop on the Duke of Wellington's estate.

The 52-page report – printed in Gaelic for the first time at the Prince's request – revealed that 23,083 people put pen to paper after the couple announced their engagement. Of these letters, 22,010 were supportive but 1,073 were not.

"All the letters were passed to them and all, except the very abusive ones, were replied to," explained his private secretary, Sir Michael Peat, yesterday.

The report – which features a wedding picture of the Prince and his bride on the cover – revealed that Charles, Camilla and his sons William and Harry received in government grants seven per cent of the 61p per person given to the monarchy.

Charles's private income rose by 11 per cent during the year. The Duchy of Cornwall – the 54,850 hectare estate established in 1337 by Edward III to provide for his eldest son, the Black Prince – gave him £13,274,000 compared with £11,913,000 in 2003-04. The increase was said to be because of rising income from commercial properties, while agricultural rents fell.

Nevertheless the Prince received further government grants of £2,688,000 for official travel, communications and property maintenance.

For the first time, the Prince's travel bill exceeded more than £1m. He travelled more than 65,700 miles to official engagements, approximately two thirds abroad – costing £1.06m, compared with £825,000 in the previous year.

He visited 82 towns, across 35 counties, but also attended 103 official engagements in Italy, Turkey, Jordan, Sri Lanka, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Spain, France, the United States, Bosnia, UAE, Germany and the Netherlands.

The Prince was recently criticised for his round-the-world tour in February, which cost £292,000 of the Royal Family's £5m annual travel budget.

Obviously conscious of potential reproach, yesterday's annual review said: "It is an important part of the Prince of Wales's role as heir to the throne to bring together people in different parts of the UK, to act as a focal point for national life and to represent the country overseas.

"This involves a significant amount of travel that needs to be undertaken in a way which meets efficiency, security and presentational requirements."

The report explained that the Prince undertook more than 500 engagements and entertained 7,400 official guests last year. He attended 191 formal meetings and received more than 47,000 letters from the public.

Influenced by his grandmother, the late Queen Mother, the Prince is said to be a keen letter-writer and the review said he personally penned more than 2,300, while a further 18,000 were written on his behalf.

The Prince has founded 16 core and two funding charities and the report stated that he raised £109m for them while donating £2.5m of his own money.

Duchy Originals, his increasingly successful organic foods company, made a £1m profit for the second consecutive year, on retail sales of almost £40m, with all profits given to charity.

The last financial year's tax – which he pays at normal rates, chiefly 40 per cent – and personal expenditure amounted to £5.2m compared with £4.4m the previous year.

His personal staff – which includes two butlers, a valet, four chefs, two chauffeurs, eight housekeepers and eight gardeners as well as a secretary, and one full-time and two part-time assistant secretaries – cost £3.8m, including £96,000 on housekeeping.

Princely sums

* Miles travelled: 65,700

* Cost of travel: £1.06 m

* UK towns visited: 82

* UK counties visited: 35

* Countries visited: 14

* Income from Duchy of Cornwall: £13,274,000

* Government grants: £2,688,000

* Cost to taxpayer: 4p a year

* Amount raised for charity: £109m

* Personal donations to charity: £2.5m

* Engagements attended: more than 500

* Engagements abroad: 103

* Guests entertained: 7,400

* Meetings attended: 191

* Letters received: 47,000

* Letters personally written: 2,300

* Letters written on his behalf : 18,000

* Duchy Originals sales: £40m

* Duchy Originals profit: £1m

* Staff costs: £3.8m

* Housekeeping costs: £96,000

* Gardening costs: £30,000

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
ebooks
ebooksA year of political gossip, levity and intrigue from the sharpest pen in Westminster
Arts and Entertainment
film
Arts and Entertainment
Preening: Johnny Depp in 'Mortdecai'
filmMortdecai becomes actor's fifth consecutive box office bomb
News
peopleWarning - contains a lot of swearing
Travel
travel
Arts and Entertainment
arts + ents
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Investigo: Finance Business Partner

£45000 - £50000 per annum: Investigo: My client, a global leader in providing ...

Austen Lloyd: Commercial Property Solicitor - West London

Excellent Salary: Austen Lloyd: WEST LONDON - An excellent new opportunity wit...

Recruitment Genius: Florist Shop Manager

£8 - £10 per hour: Recruitment Genius: A Florist Shop Manager is required to m...

Recruitment Genius: Appointment Maker / Telesales

£15000 - £26000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: One of the UK's leading supplie...

Day In a Page

Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
Autumn/winter menswear 2015: The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore

Autumn/winter menswear 2015

The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore
'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

Army general planning to come out
Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project