King Charles will pay his lowest-paid staff a £600 payment to help them cope with the cost of living crisis, according to reports.
Payments, first reported by The sunis expected to total tens of thousands of pounds and be handed out to all of its employees later this month, including cleaners and servants.
It is believed that staff earning less than £30,000 will receive a one-off payment of £600 and those earning between £40,000 and £45,000 will receive £350.
It is understood that the payments will come from the monarch’s private income, rather than directly from taxpayers.
A source told the newspaper: ‘The King is giving money out of his own pocket to the lowest paid household workers to help with the cost of living crisis.
“It is about targeting where it is most needed in the royal household and reflects the reality of the economic situation facing the country.
“The King is keenly aware of the soaring energy bills people are facing and is concerned about the economic well-being of the palace’s loyal staff and is doing what he can.”
There are 491 full-time staff who work in the Royal Palaces and their salaries, which stood at £23.7million in 2020-21, are paid for by the taxpayer-funded Sovereign Grant.
Single workers who live in accommodation provided by the Royal Household currently receive £200 to cover their living costs.
The king’s coronation in May is expected to be cut back and shorter, smaller and cheaper than that of his mother Queen Elizabeth II in 1952 due to the cost of living crisis.
Buckingham Palace declined to comment.