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Prince Michael of Kent speaks to the United Nations General Assembly

The cost of the royal family is a common topic in discussions about their role in this day and age. Prince Charles advocates a stripped-down monarchy where few high-ranking kings are paid. This would result in smaller royals receiving handouts at the taxpayer’s expense. Prince Michael, 78, is the youngest child of Prince George, Duke of Kent, who was the younger brother of King Edward VIII and King George VI.

He is 49th on the throne and occasionally represents the Queen in some functions in the Commonwealth.

However, during his life he has spent most of his time running his own consulting business and doing various commercial jobs around the world.

Although the Kents made their own money and rarely performed royal duties, it turned out in 2002 that they were not paying for their apartment at Kensington Palace, a royal palace that is kept by the taxpayer.

The apartment in question consists of five reception rooms, five bedrooms and seven utility rooms, including kitchens and bathrooms, and an office with four rooms.

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Prince and Princess Michael of Kent (Image: GETTY)

Kensington Palace (Image: GETTY)

The couple paid just £ 69 a week as “maintenance fee” for the use of their large apartment, which the Queen had given them when they married in 1978.

Prince and Princess Michael were the subject of public criticism of this lack of payment for their accommodation after the House of Common Public Accounts Committee on Common Public Accounts examined the cost of royal palaces and their value for money.

It has been argued that underage kings shouldn’t live almost rent-free in taxpayer-subsidized houses, especially in a city where many workers cannot afford housing.

The committee asked the queen to evict her residents and put the apartment on a more commercial footing.

Prince Michael Queen

Prince Michael kissed the queen’s hand (Image: GETTY)

Former Buckingham Palace spokesman Dickie Arbiter said the queen doesn’t want the couple removed from the palace after giving them the apartment as a wedding gift.

He told the BBC: “I think she feels obliged after offering them the premises and accommodation almost 30 years ago.

“It’s a family and they wouldn’t like to see them get kicked out.”

He added: “At the end of the day, [Prince Michael] He has directorships in London, does community service, and does government work when the Queen requests it. “

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Royal family tree (Image: EXPRESS NEWSPAPERS)

Rather than getting her cousin out of the way, the Queen agreed to pay the bill herself at a commercial price of £ 60,000 for the first year 2003/04 and £ 120,000 a year thereafter, while the Kents could stay rent free.

The Palace said: “The Queen is paying the rent for Prince and Princess Michael of Kent at the commercial cost of £ 120,000 a year from her own private funds.

“The Queen’s rental payment is in recognition of royal commitments and work for various charities that Prince and Princess Michael of Kent did at their own expense and without public funding.”

A spokeswoman said the rent for the apartment would be paid into government funds, known at the time as an allowance, that were used to maintain squatted royal palaces.

Princess Michael of Kent rolling with her husband in 1984

This was only for seven years, however, after which the couple was believed to retire to their other Gloucestershire home.

The Palace commented: “The Queen is aware of her longstanding commitment to house Prince and Princess Michael at Kensington Palace.

“For this reason, she has agreed to pay rent for up to seven years from her own resources.”

They added that the queen’s gesture “recognized all of the effective work they are doing for many charities and making a number of royal commitments at their own expense”.

Prince Princess Michael Kent

Prince and Princess Michael Kent with their daughter Gabriella, their son Frederick and their daughter-in-law (Image: GETTY)

In 2010 it was agreed that the couple would pay their own rent for the Kensington Palace apartment.

However, the palace also announced that the Queen would pay Prince and Princess Michael a pension when they retire.

After examining the use of the rooms at Kensington Palace, it was announced that Princess Margaret’s apartment would be open to the public.

It was planned to turn it into an educational center with exhibition space for the royal ceremonial clothing collection.