Campaign group Republic has called on MPs to launch a full-scale investigation into the royal expenses scandal. The call follows reports that Prince Andrew is demanding more money from the taxpayer, to fund his daughters’ lifestyles.
In a letter to the Queen, Andrew demanded the Princesses be housed in Kensington Palace – claiming they should be on a par with their cousins William and Harry. A DEMAND by the Duke of York for his daughters to be funded by the taxpayer has been rejected by the Queen. Eugenie currently works for a London art gallery while Beatrice has been jobless since July. In his letter to the Queen, Andrew, 56, also demanded they get new pads at Kensington Palace, instead of their “small” shared flat at St James’s Palace. Prince Andrew is ranked number one as the highest paid princes for the year 2013 with an estimated net worth of $82 million but believes the tax payers of Britain owe his daughters a living which should include them living in luxury. Have they seen I, Daniel Blake do you think.
Not only does this guy think he and his family are entitled to take the food out of working peoples kids’ mouths but he doesn’t even think he should pay taxes. Back in 2011 it was discovered The Duke of York used a complicated tax avoidance scheme to save up to £6 million in tax on the profit he made on sale of his home to a Kazahk billionaire for £15 million. Andrew sold the five acre property to an offshore trust which belonged to Timur Kulibayev, the billionaire son-in-law of the Kazakh president, Nursultan Nazarbayev, who he had entertained as part of his Government role as Britain’s trade ambassador. The controversy surrounding the sale of the 12 bedroom house in 2003 for £3 million over the market value was compounded when the new owners failed to move in and left the house, built as a wedding gift from the Queen to the Duke and Sarah Ferguson, to fall into a state of disrepair.
Now an examination of the official documents related to the transaction by tax and property barristers suggests the Duke used a complicated legal arrangement to ensure he was not forced to pay 40 per cent capital gains tax for which he could have been liable.
Republic’s CEO, Graham Smith, has said today:
“The taxpayer does not owe the royal family an income at all. We need an end to royal abuse of public funds – let’s put the Queen on a salary and fund a small office for the head of state. The rest of them can pay their own way”
“Andrew seems to think the taxpayer are there for his benefit and to feather his family’s nest. At a time of serious economic uncertainty the last thing we need is a grasping, greedy royal demanding more of our cash.”
“At an estimated annual cost to the taxpayer of £334m the royals already cost the country too much. We need to be cutting that cost, not throwing more money at them to satisfy Andrew’s vanity.”
“Prince Charles’s hypocrisy in claiming to want to trim down the monarchy should not be overlooked either. Charles wastes taxpayers’ money as much as the rest of them, whether in avoiding tax, demanding state-funded security or flying around the country at taxpayers’ expense.”
“It’s high time we saw MPs launch a full-scale investigation into royal expenses – the scandal has gone on long enough.”
We at afairersociety.uk say it’s time to get rid of hangers on like Andrew and the rest of the crew. If we must have the position of a Head of State that is inherited then fine but let’s just pay for that one person. We are taking money from the poorest people of this country to give to a family with untold riches to carry out jobs that are so often suspect. One Head of State, one payment. The rest can live on their own millions.