Princes Charles and William and members of the family will not be able to use the new Royal Yacht Britannia. The reason being a dispute in Whitehall over its cost.
A palace insider tells the Daily Mail that Prince Charles and William will not be able to use the Royal Yacht Britannia for family trips. This is a new £200 million yacht. The reason being a difference of opinion in Whitehall on the cost of the ship. Indeed, this national flagship purchased by the government will be used as a ship and not as a luxury yacht. The purpose of the purchase being to promote the post-Brexit vision of Prime Minister Boris Johnson. A vision that showcases the UK as a global trading nation.
Only, the palace insider says that Prince Charles and William were reluctant to the purchase. This led to a dispute between Number 10, the Ministry of Defense and the Ministries of Business and Commerce. In addition, Mr. Johnson’s spending on the ship has been heavily criticized. Former Conservative Chancellor Ken Clarke called them “populist nonsense”.
We have no money
In addition to Lord Clarke’s criticism, the government’s official figures are clear on the subject. Government borrowing stood at £24.3 billion last May. That’s down from 43.8 billion last year at the center of the pandemic. But it is still the highest figure ever recorded.
“The new ship is a complete waste of time, a stupid populist nonsense,” Ken Clarke told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme before adding “we don’t have the money for it”. Furthermore, the palace insider told the Daily Mail that no one at the palace wanted the ship.