Prince Philip
Prince Philip raises his hat in his role as Captain General, Royal Marines, makes his final individual public engagement as he attends a parade to mark the finale of the 1664 Global Challenge, on the Buckingham Palace Forecourt on August 2, 2017 in London. Getty Images/Yui Mok

Prince Philip still receives money from taxpayers even after his retirement.

The Duke of Edinburgh retired from his royal duties in August 2017. It has been two years since Prince Philip decided to leave his royal duties behind, but he still receives money from taxpayers.

According to Rachel Russell, a journalist for Express, Prince Philip receives $455,000 annually from the privy purse. A palace source explained that this is because he still carries out occasional duties.

“In recent years it has not been sufficient to meet the cost of this private office - and that is not surprising, having been fixed for 27 years,” the insider said.

“He still has a private secretary, and correspondence, and it is worth remembering that although the duke has retired from public official duties, his non-public duties involve correspondence with over 750 patronages and organisations.”

Last week, Prince Philip carried out an engagement at Wood Farm on Sandringham Estate in Norfolk. On Friday, the royal family posted a photo on Twitter where the duke received General Sir Nicholas Carter who is relinquishing his appointment as Colonel Commandant of Rifles Regiment and General Patrick Sanders who will succeed him.

Last month, Prince Philip handed over the patronage of Chartered Management Institute (CMI) to his daughter-in-law Sophie, Countess of Wessex. Royal fans were very pleased with the decision because Sophie deserved it.

At present, Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth II no longer live together. The Duke of Edinburgh spends most of his time between Wood Farm on the Sandringham Estate and Windsor Castle.

Prince Philip reportedly loves to be in Norfolk than Berkshire because he finds the place more relaxing, This isn’t a problem for the Queen because they still talk to each other every day.

Also, Queen Elizabeth II believed that if Prince Philip stays in Buckingham Palace he would feel obliged to get involved in their engagements. The Queen believes that her husband deserves a “proper retirement.”

When they were still friends, Prince Philip made a surprising move to woo Queen Elizabeth II. According to James Whitaker, he “demonstrated his athleticism” by jumping over the nets of the college tennis courts and the Queen loved the fact that he was “very alpha male.”