The British Royal Family requested a government ‘poverty grant’ to help them pay for heating at Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle.
Despite getting a bumper 18% pay rise and petitioning the government for £150,000,000 to redecorate Buckingham Palace, documents unveiled by the Independent on a Freedom of Information request show the Queen requested a ‘poverty grant’ from the government to help cover the cost of heating.
A senior aide wrote to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport to ask if the Queen would be able to take from the allocated £60,000,000 the country had saved for energy and heating support. The aide described the current energy bills for the royal abodes as, “untenable”.
The e-mail reply explained that the hand outs were aimed at schools, hospitals and housing associations for heating programmes that benefited low-income families. It also goes on to spell out the likely public backlash for the Queen should she claim money meant to for most vulnerable in society, saying “I also feel a bit uneasy about the probable adverse press coverage if the palace were given a grant at the expense of say a hospital. Sorry this doesn’t sound more positive.”
Buckingham Palace has declined to comment on the disclosures.