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The royal family relies on more than 1,000 “servants” working at Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, and St. James’s Palace. Common jobs include managing social media, decorating, and everything in between. There is one job with the highest reported salary—the Keeper of the Privy Purse.
Sir Alan Reid, the current Keeper of the Privy Purse, reportedly earned £180,000 ($237,675) in 2012—making him the highest earner among royal family workers. The second highest reported salary is that of the Queen’s private secretary, Sir Christopher Geidt, who earns £146,000 ($192,771) a year.
Reid is essentially the treasurer of the royal family as he manages the Royal Household’s financials. He also publishes a yearly report on royal public finances. The Privy Purse itself is an allowance from the public revenue for the monarch’s private expenses. In 2016, the allowance was about $48 million, according to INSIDER. Here is how much each person in the royal family is worth.
The royals often face criticism for how they spend their money, especially when it comes to their designer wardrobes. In 2013, the family came under fire for paying workers like Sir Alan high salaries while that of other household workers remained low. Although there are perks of working for the royal family—including free staff meals and regular sightings of various family members—workers must also deal with long hours, Forbes reports.
For people still interested in getting their foot literally inside the palace door, the family does have open positions.
Next, check out these surprisingly frugal habits of the royal family.