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I am pretty sure that they are self funding of their lifestyle. The taxpayer has to cough up for all the state duties that they perform. This, we are told, brings in more money in the way of trade and tourism than it costs. I haven't seen the figures but I am sure one of the rags would have exposed it if not true. I think that, generally, they do more good than harm.
I have visited Sandringham and seen rooms where the Queen lives when she is in residence. One is heated by a small electric fire! It is, apparently, the most cost effective way of heating that space rather than the whole house.