Ms Pidgeon, the only Liberal Democrat on the Assembly, made the remarks after London mayor Sadiq Khan responded to questions from Assembly members He was asked about a rise in Scotland Yard costs for flights and hotel rooms reaching £6 6million last year. Mr Khan explained: “The increase in flight costs between 2017/18 and 2018/19 is due to an increase in demand, including a significant increase in long-haul travel, with Specialist Ops and in particular the Royalty and Specialist Protection Command, experiencing additional demand ” Buckingham Palace accounts show spending on official royal trips has stayed steady at around £2 7million over the last three years. This would seem to suggest the increase in prices is due to royals taking private holidays Ms Pidgeon said: “At a time when community policing has been decimated and violent crime is at such high levels, I find it staggering that such significant amounts of public money are being spent on these items ” She was the Liberal Democrat candidate for mayor in 2016. Ms Pidgeon also stood for the Vauxhall constituency in the 2010 general election but lost to Labour Brexiteer Kate Hoey In the summer, both Cambridge and Sussex households undertook private royal trips Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge went to Mustique, a private island in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines with their children Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex went to Ibiza with their son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor READ MORE: Meghan wears mystical evil eye gold necklace to ‘ward off jealousy’ Meghan and Archie are currently on a royal trip to South Africa Albeit, this in on an official visit. Harry is travelling around Angola, Botswana and Malawi It has been speculated the Angola visit might be due to Angola’s potential accession to the Commonwealth of Nations DON’T MISS Drinking games, Dad’s Army and VERY candid insight into how the royalsRoyal titles: The adorable nicknames Royal Family use for each otherRoyal heartbreak: How the Royal Family chose ‘peace’ after tragedy Attorney Ed Patricoff warned against Angola joining the organisation He told express.co.uk: “Angola must demonstrate, through its actions, that it is willing to honour its obligations and compensate victims of corruption “It must treat its trade partners with respect before being seriously considered for Commonwealth entry “There are too many instances where the government and military of Angola have ignored the rule of law at the expense of its trade partners and even its own citizens ” William and Kate are set to visit Pakistan next month. It will be the first royal trip to the Southeast Asian nation since Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla Duchess of Cornwall visited in 2006. Trending Queen Elizabeth II visited in 1961 and 1997 Princess Diana ventured there in 1991. They travel on October 14.