King Charles III: His incredible Christmas gift before time to his staff

In an inflationary context, King Charles III decided to give money from his private income to the lowest paid people working for Buckingham Palace.

On acceding to the throne, Charles III left Clarence House, his residence until his ascension, and his title of Prince of Wales. In the process, he also dismissed a hundred employees, some of whom had served him for several years, as revealed in September by The Guardian. Accused of being “heartless”, the new sovereign wants to restore his reputation. To achieve this, he has decided to cherish his lowest paid employees by offering them a bonus from his own pocket, The Sun reported on Friday. To help them survive the cost of living crisis, Elizabeth II’s son has announced to hundreds of employees, including cleaners, servants and footmen, that they will receive up to £600 (685 euros) on top of their salary for this month.

The bonuses, which total tens of thousands of pounds, come from his private income and are not funded by taxpayers’ money. They will help the royal family’s little hands pay their heating bills and meet additional mortgage payments amid fears of a recession.

Economic well-being of staff comes first

“The money is being distributed on a sliding scale, with the neediest and lowest paid receiving the most money. This is to target those most in need in the royal household and to reflect the reality of the economic situation facing the country. The King is very aware of the soaring energy bills people are facing and is concerned about the economic well-being of palace staff,” a source close to Buckingham Palace told the British tabloid.

Staff earning less than £30,000 a year will pocket £600 (685 euros) in a one-off payment. Those earning between £30,000 and £40,000 will receive an extra £400 (457 euros) on their pay this month, compared to £350 (400 euros) for royal workers paid between £40,000 and £45,000. Single people in Palace-provided accommodation will receive an extra £200 (€229).

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