THE New Zealand taxpayer is not paying for the Duchess of Cornwall to have haircuts while in the country, but is footing the bill for the royal entourage to travel around the country.
Prime Minister John Key confirmed a hairdresser was part of the group travelling with Charles, Prince of Wales, and his wife Camilla.
They arrived in New Zealand on Saturday as part of the Queen’s Jubilee year celebrations.
The Prince’s spokesman said Kiwi taxpayers were not paying for haircuts, but were meeting travel-related costs.
The New Zealand Government was picking up the tab for the associated costs of the six-day visit, but Key said details of spending could only be released once they had left the country.
“They have quite a lot of staff and that is appropriate, sort of what they need given the number of functions,” he told Newstalk ZB.
“The reality is it costs quite a lot but I think that is realistic when you think how far they are coming and the number of people they bring, the size of the operation. The size is significant.”
Patrick Harrison, Prince Charles’ press secretary said the prince paid the hairdressers’ salary, and New Zealand was paying “in country costs”, including travel on a New Zealand Air Force aircraft, and accommodation at Government House.
The visit is Charles’ first to New Zealand since 2005, and Camilla’s first trip.