Prince Charles’ aides have rebuffed criticisms concerning support payments to his Duchy Farm Estate.

The criticisms were made by Labour MP Ian Davidson, who sits on the Commons Public Accounts Committee. Mr Davidson took exception to the £90,000 paid to the Prince in farm support and said: “It proved how ill the world is divided.”

He also drew attention to the £14m revenue accrued from the Prince’s Duchy Estate.

But a spokesman for Prince Charles said that most of the Estate’s post-tax income was used to meet the cost of his public and charitable work, and any farm support payments would be used solely for operations at Home Farm in Gloucestershire.

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