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Britain's Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall arrive in Trinidad and Tobago on March 4. They arrived via the megayacht seen behind them, which the prince's office said was less energy-consuming than jetting around the Caribbean during their two-week visit.
updated 7/1/2008 3:51:43 PM ET 2008-07-01T19:51:43

Prince Charles' income grew last year, while his carbon footprint shrank. The eco-friendly prince even has an Aston Martin that runs on biodiesel made from wine.

An annual review of Charles' accounts released Monday said the prince made more than 16 million pounds ($32 million) from property and investments between April 1, 2007, and March 31 this year, 7 percent more than in 2006-2007. Charles paid 3.4 million pounds in tax, 5,000 pounds less than the year before.

The prince's office said greater use of green energy and fewer plane and car journeys helped Charles cut the amount of carbon dioxide he produced by 18 percent to 3,081 tons.

Charles has promised to reduce his emissions of greenhouse gases by 25 percent between 2007 and 2012.

The report said Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, traveled 37,000 miles on official duties and overseas travel accounted for the largest chunk of the prince's carbon footprint.

For domestic travel, the prince's Jaguars, Audi and Range Rover now run entirely on biodiesel made from used cooking oil, and his 38-year-old Aston Martin is fueled by bioethanol from surplus wine.

The prince has also installed wood-chip stoves at his country homes — the Highgrove estate, where he farms organically, and Birkhall in Scotland — and energy-efficient boilers at his Clarence House residence in London.

"I hope it shows a good picture," said royal aide Sir Michael Peat. "I really do believe that the contribution their royal highnesses make to national life continues to develop and broaden."

The 59-year-old heir to the throne receives private income from properties of The Duchy of Cornwall, the 136,000-acre estate established in 1337 by King Edward II to provide income for his heir.

Charles' official spending, including money spent on charitable work and official duties, was 10.4 million pounds. His personal spending, which includes the salaries of 30 full-time staff, was 2.2 million pounds, down from 2.6 million pounds.

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