How much will HMS Prince Philip cost? Huge backlash over plans for ship dedicated to duke

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Recent reports indicate plans for the new yacht, which will replace the decommissioned HMY Britannia, will be announced by Boris Johnson within weeks. The new ship is expected to be called HMS Prince Philip after his death on April 9, at the age of 99.

The new ship would be crewed by the Royal Navy, where Prince Philip served in his younger years.

The Duke of Edinburgh was also Lord High Admiral from 2011 until his death this year.

Prince Philip – who travelled 70,000 miles on the HMY Britannia – said in 2003: “The combination of her ocean-going capacity and efficient management reflected our long maritime traditions and made an invaluable contribution to the prestige of this country.

“She managed to project the very best British characteristics to people all over the world which also produced significant tangible and intangible contributions to the British economy.”

The project has been dubbed ‘Project Leith’ after the district of Edinburgh where the HMY Brittania is moored.
Downing Street has not denied the reports.

A spokesperson said: “The Prime Minister has an exciting vision for shipbuilding in this country and is committed to making the UK a shipbuilding superpower.

“We are always looking for new ways to promote global Britain around the world, driving investment back to the UK and delivering value for money for the British people.”

How much will the royal yacht cost?

According to reports, the yacht could cost up to £200 million.

Government sources claim the ship would be used to promote British business overseas by hosting trade negotiations, diplomatic talks, mooring at trade fairs, and sailing across the world.

The last royal yacht, HMY Brittania, was decommissioned by the Labour Government in 1997, breaking a succession of royal yachts which dated all the way back to King Charles II.

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The news has ruffled a considerable amount of feather on social media, with many users asking why taxpayer money is being spent on the yacht amidst recent Government scandals, such as the Free School Meals debate.

One user wrote: “I absolutely do not support the Tories spending £200 million on a new Royal Yacht named HMY Duke of Edinburgh when just a couple of months ago the Government said they couldn’t afford to feed hungry children.”

Another said: “This is an outrageous use of public money. No money for nurses or the NHS, austerity, food banks, homelessness, global pandemic, large scale unemployment but yes there needs to be a new Royal Yacht.

“Let me guess whose friends and relatives will be getting the contracts…”

One user drew a comparison between the large bill for the yacht to Boris Johnson’s latest scandal.

They tweeted: “What’s worse? Spaffing £200k on an unneeded refurbishment of a flat or spaffing £200 million on an unneeded Royal Yacht?”

Others have put pressure on the Queen to reject the Government’s plans.

One said: “It would be quite nice if the Queen spoke up and said she didn’t think a new royal yacht was in any way necessary.”

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