Buckingham Palace may issue competitive tenders for PR agencies to
handle communications for the Royal family following a change in its PR
funding arrangements announced last week.
The Central Office of Information will no longer administer the Palace’s
pounds 471,000 annual communications budget, but will hand the funds
directly to Royal communications officials, who will administer the
budget and publish their accounts in an annual report which will be
available for parliamentary scrutiny.
A spokeswoman for the Royal Household said: ’This will mean greater
transparency and more direct control over the budget. We hope to get
better value for money. There is a possibility of looking at competitive
The communications budget covers PR support for visits by the Royal
family, the electronic distribution of press releases, the Royal web
site and press summaries for members of the Royal family.