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Jenny
1340455.  Sat Jan 11, 2020 4:00 pm Reply with quote

Do we have Views on this?

Does 'financial independence' include independence from Dad's Cornwall money, which I'm told provides 95% of Harry's income?

According to the Daily Telegraph, an impeccable source for all things royal, he inherited £20m from his mum and £7m from his great-grandma, and presumably he has expectations from his granny and grandad, so is that not enough to live on?

 
crissdee
1340462.  Sat Jan 11, 2020 6:36 pm Reply with quote

I haven't looked much into this, as I have had my own stuff to sort out, but from headlines glanced at in various shops, it seems Granny is distinctly un-chuffed about it all, and would rather like it if Harry and Meghan would stop whining and get back in line.

 
suze
1340463.  Sat Jan 11, 2020 6:36 pm Reply with quote

The popular prints in my Home and Native Land are currently very keen on the idea that Mr Sussex might be the next Governor-General of Canada.

There are no particular qualifications for the gig. The incumbent used to be an astronaut, while her predecessor was a university professor who - by an astounding coincidence - is also a longstanding friend of the Trudeau family.

Officially a new Gov-Gen is appointed by the Queen, but in practice the Canadian PM decides who it will be. Every Gov-Gen of my lifetime has been Canadian, and I think you have to go as far back as John Buchan for one who wasn't. Then again, Buchan is widely regarded as one of the very best Govs-Gen there has ever been, and polling has shown that the Canadian public would be quite happy with a British Gov-Gen who has never been involved in Canadian politics.

This may be a long shot, and the role "only" pays something like CAN 300,000 per annum. On the other hand, the retirement package for former Govs-Gen is akin to that for former US Presidents.

Jenny wrote:
Does 'financial independence' include independence from Dad's Cornwall money, which I'm told provides 95% of Harry's income?


Respondents to a YouGov poll think it should, but it's not up to them. The Cornwall estate is Prince Charles's private property, and Prince Charles has made it as plain as a man who never gives press conferences can make it that he's not going to cut his younger son off.

Jenny wrote:
Presumably he has expectations from his granny and grandad


Only if they ever die, and they both show every possible sign of being immortal. Incidentally, there is no inheritance tax in Canada ...

More seriously, those who speak for the Royal Family have perhaps protested too much in saying that the Sussexes did not jump before they were pushed. Were they to be eased out, as innocent bystanders in a plan to ease Prince Andrew out of the Family without that appearing all to be about things he is said to have done?

 
Celebaelin
1340468.  Sat Jan 11, 2020 7:27 pm Reply with quote

If Megan, as it seems, has chosen to remain a foreigner she's entitled to hold her own opinion in that regard I guess and the couple's choice of togetherness for their own reasons is theirs to make. Ultimately however she's small potatoes even in the US (£37,000 per episode of Suits so about a third of a million per year when that was a thing) and only recently became more significant internationally because of her British royal involvement. If I was guessing I'd say that that's the problem she has - largely a matter of egotism on being placed in the shadow of a longer running endeavour.

There's an 'earnt rather than inherited' question going on but that's not unheard of in American dynastic money either so what now is the problem? Is it all about a deliberate controversy (traditionally the role of the Duke and Duchess of York) or is an argument between the Duchess of Sussex and the Duchess of Cambridge dividing the previously close brothers in a way that does not conform with protocol?

Do we care? In the end should it matter?

Should Harry be accorded some degree of ease and respect for his military service and the life-long pressure and lack of privacy he has had to endure not to mention the loss of his mother just before he turned 13 (by my reckoning)? In the end I suppose the millions make the tragedy easier to bear but that isn't any real compensation for the lack of what might have passed between himself and his mother.

Quote:
They say money canít buy happiness. But it can sure as hell solve a lot of problems!

Robert Rolih

 
tetsabb
1340474.  Sun Jan 12, 2020 5:22 am Reply with quote

USA squaring up to Iran.
Brexit looming
Climate crisis.

Ooh, let's have a Royal shindig to distract the hoi polloi

Am I being cynical/paranoid?

 
Prof Wind Up Merchant
1340479.  Sun Jan 12, 2020 5:57 am Reply with quote

If Harry wants financial independence he would have to give up his HRH title right?

 
crissdee
1340481.  Sun Jan 12, 2020 6:18 am Reply with quote

I think this is part of the problem. Even if Granny lets him run off to Canada to do whatever it is he might want to do, the fact remains that he is still her grandson, still his father's son, and still someone who took an active part in fighting ISIS. All those factors, singly and together, mean that he will get Special Branch protection to the day he dies. That costs money, and some bugger's got to pay for it.

 
Jenny
1340501.  Sun Jan 12, 2020 12:30 pm Reply with quote

Will the British police or the Canadian police be the ones providing it though?

 
tetsabb
1340507.  Sun Jan 12, 2020 1:03 pm Reply with quote

crissdee wrote:
still his father's son,


Hmmm....... 😉

 
suze
1340508.  Sun Jan 12, 2020 1:06 pm Reply with quote

It is reported that Prince Harry told Justin Trudeau of his intentions before he told Dad or Granny. It is also reported that the Canadian government is being involved in the discussions which are currently taking place.

Does that make me think that Mr Trudeau's position might be fairly close to "We can provide it, but howsabout 50:50 on who pays for it?"?

 
Jenny
1340511.  Sun Jan 12, 2020 2:22 pm Reply with quote

That would not surprise me at all.

 
crissdee
1340525.  Sun Jan 12, 2020 5:35 pm Reply with quote

My understanding (sketchy at best) is that it will be Special Branch wherever they happen to be, but I make no claims to specialist knowledge on the matter.

 
crissdee
1340526.  Sun Jan 12, 2020 5:37 pm Reply with quote

tetsabb wrote:
crissdee wrote:
still his father's son,


Hmmm....... 😉


By birth certificate anyway, genetically is a different bucket of mackerel.

 
suze
1340527.  Sun Jan 12, 2020 6:23 pm Reply with quote

crissdee wrote:
My understanding (sketchy at best) is that it will be Special Branch wherever they happen to be, but I make no claims to specialist knowledge on the matter.


It's certainly SO14 within the UK, and on official business abroad, but I'm not sure that it would have jurisdiction if a member of the Royal Family actually made his/her home outside the UK.

If the Sussexes do make their home in Canada, I'd expect their security to be handled by the RCMP - although it might have to set up a new section since the matter hasn't arisen before.

 
barbados
1340535.  Mon Jan 13, 2020 2:22 am Reply with quote

Prof Wind Up Merchant wrote:
If Harry wants financial independence he would have to give up his HRH title right?

Why?

 

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