LONDON, UK – It seems Britain’s Queen Elizabeth is dropping a few pounds in the New Year and it’s not cuz the ol’ gal’s cutting carbs.
The Royal family could become commoners (gasp). Well, probably not.
A report from British lawmakers say the Queen’s got just 1 million pounds left in financial reserves after the royal household spent 2.3 million pounds over its budget last year.
In U.S. dollars, that’s $3.8 million more than their $51.4 million budget that was provided by taxpayers last year.
The report also criticized the royals’ “complacency” in letting 39% of their royal buildings and land slip into a state of disrepair.
A Buckingham Palace spokesperson says maintaining the royal family’s estate, like the recent roof repair job at Windsor Castle or the removal of asbestos from Buckingham Palace, is a “priority!”
Asbestos? In the palace?
Maybe living like royals isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.