'Prince Edward was last night slammed for a 'blatant abuse of public money' after taking a private jet costing taxpayers an estimated £37,000 for a 133-mile journey between engagements.
The Queen's youngest son, 54, travelled between Poole in Dorset and Tamworth, Staffordshire, to attend an event yesterday marking the death 1,100 years ago of Anglo-Saxon ruler Aethelflaed.
The normal hire cost of the plane to do the journey between airports in Dorset and Birmingham would be £37,150 for a one-way trip. A first-class train ticket would have cost around £250-per-person.
Last night Graham Smith from anti-monarchy campaign group Republic blasted The Earl of Wessex's 'extravagance' with public funds.
He told MailOnline: 'This is a blatant abuse of public money. If that were an MP they'd be in serious hot water.
'We need to look more seriously at the extravagance of the royals. He should be taking public transport or cars at a fraction of the cost.'
Edward's exact itinerary was not made clear by Palace officials who did not disclose where he started and ended the day yesterday.
He was in Windsor on Monday and was pictured landing in Birmingham yesterday lunchtime. He has engagements in Poole, Dorset, today.
An anytime first class ticket between Poole and Tamworth would have set the royal back just £254 - 0.7 per cent of the estimated private jet fare between the two destinations.'
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