Charles, Camilla Cut Personal Spending by $1M
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 23, 2009 8:16 PM CDT
Britain's Prince Charles, and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall.   (AP Photo/Sang Tan, Pool)
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(Newser) – It's belt-tightening, royal style. Prince Charles and Camilla slashed their personal spending by about $1 million (American) last year because of the recession, reports the Guardian. Among the draconian cutbacks: Charles skipped his usual ski holiday to Switzerland, and Camilla scrapped her annual sailing trip to Greece. Both are said to be getting more wear out of their pricey clothes.

That's the good news. While their personal spending went down to about $3.4 million, it actually cost British taxpayers about $1 million more last year to send the royal couple on their official trips abroad. Most of the increase is attributed to the higher cost of air travel. Charles also calculated his own carbon footprint for the second straight year: 2.6 tons of carbon dioxide, down from 2.8 tons the previous year.