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Old 11-10-2008, 12:43 PM
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Am I getting the sense that your biggest concern is that having fun whilst doing charity work is unacceptable? They spent their own money on their flights and accomodation, so the argument of using others money does not really hold.
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Old 11-10-2008, 12:47 PM
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Am I getting the sense that your biggest concern is that having fun whilst doing charity work is unacceptable? They spent their own money on their flights and accomodation, so the argument of using others money does not really hold.
Did you read the report in the Mirror, detailing the cost of hiring bikes, entry fees, food and accommodation for the security offices who accompanied them, these costs are on top of the salaries?
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Old 11-10-2008, 05:16 PM
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I am more and more dismayed by the behaviour of Prince William and Harry too, but more William since he is future monarch. The helicopter business and now, what I consider to be worse, the motorcycle jaunt, tell me that William does not give much throught to his place in the bigger picture, and think through the likely consequences of his actions. If he's not capable of it, surely he has advisors whose job it is to do just that.

It's all very well and good for the princes to lend their support to raise an event's profile, but, IMO anyway, they should both have made sure that they personally paid all the costs associated with their "baggage" so the charities got the greatest possible benefit. They can both well afford to do so and considering they both have such large personal fortunes because of the early death of their charity-conscious mother, I think they should be more generous with it. They would both have shot way up in my estimation if they had paid their costs. As it is I am left with the impression that William is a bit sneaky and has an over-developed, and undeserved, sense of self-importance.
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Old 11-11-2008, 04:34 AM
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Did you read the report in the Mirror, detailing the cost of hiring bikes, entry fees, food and accommodation for the security offices who accompanied them, these costs are on top of the salaries?
I did.

This point about the cost of security came up recently in the context of Beatrice and Eugienie. At the expense of repeating myself, here are my thoughts: 24 hour security is expensive, so lets address the question as to whether certain members of the royal family need protection or not. If it is determined that they need security, then we really should not be using the argument about the cost of security to curtail their movements. Thats just not fair! I agree that security costs for trips overseas by the royals are high, but that comes with the territory.
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Old 11-11-2008, 04:44 AM
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I am more and more dismayed by the behaviour of Prince William and Harry too, but more William since he is future monarch. The helicopter business and now, what I consider to be worse, the motorcycle jaunt, tell me that William does not give much throught to his place in the bigger picture, and think through the likely consequences of his actions. If he's not capable of it, surely he has advisors whose job it is to do just that.

It's all very well and good for the princes to lend their support to raise an event's profile, but, IMO anyway, they should both have made sure that they personally paid all the costs associated with their "baggage" so the charities got the greatest possible benefit. They can both well afford to do so and considering they both have such large personal fortunes because of the early death of their charity-conscious mother, I think they should be more generous with it. They would both have shot way up in my estimation if they had paid their costs. As it is I am left with the impression that William is a bit sneaky and has an over-developed, and undeserved, sense of self-importance.
Roslyn - The costs associated with the security for the boys would have been bourn by the government or the royal household, not the charities themselves. The royal family never personally pay for the cost of their security (see my precious post above) - that is covered by the government.

I think the point of criticism, in my opinion is that the boys did not contribute more funds to the charity. However, it may well be that they may have donated separately, and their donation was not made public - in line with the policy of not making public the amounts the royal family donates to specific charities.
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Old 11-11-2008, 04:44 AM
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Cost of security as a minus for every Royal moving outside of Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace, Clarence House, etc. is a crock!

I have this really great idea . . . why don't we just get Madame Tussards to make waxworks of all the major royals, dot them around the abovementioned residences and open them up as paying museums!

Sure as hell cut down on the "security" costs, although the hit the nation would take without it's best ambassadors may very well outweigh the savings. I mean a banquet with the Prime Minister just doesn't quite cut it.
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Old 11-11-2008, 04:45 AM
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Surley we cold ave a banquet with the PM and a wax work of the Queen
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Old 11-11-2008, 05:08 AM
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As the main objection to security costs seems to be with the minor royals, they could perhaps be considerate and stay home.
I have absolutely no problem with the Queen´s security costs, but I do have a bit of a problem with Eugenie and Beatrice having a security escort to night clubs or being all veiled up or whatever to go to Turkey.
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Old 11-11-2008, 05:17 AM
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So maybe we should pass an act of Parliament that bans all members of the royal family other than the monarch (and consort, or why bother with the consort) from leaving the boundaries of Buckingham Palace!
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Old 11-11-2008, 05:22 AM
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We are not just talking about the cost of security, salaries, accommodation, food on this trip, we are talking of UK taxpayers paying the £9,000 entry fee, + hire of the 6 extra bikes + motorcycle clothing allowance etc on top of any overseas allowances, not for an official visit, not even an official holiday, but for a jolly!
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Old 11-11-2008, 05:29 AM
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I had never heard about the £9,000 entry fee! Wow!
Muriel I like your idea, it might cost a lot to make the walls higher round BP, perhaps with some barbed wire......to keep them in of course.
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Old 11-11-2008, 07:07 AM
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However, it may well be that they may have donated separately, and their donation was not made public - in line with the policy of not making public the amounts the royal family donates to specific charities
Oh right, the very secret policy that they wouldn't want to make public. It could well be that they donated an extra £0,000.00, we have apparently no way of knowing.
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I had never heard about the £9,000 entry fee! Wow!
Muriel I like your idea, it might cost a lot to make the walls higher round BP, perhaps with some barbed wire......to keep them in of course.
Everyone taking part pays £1500 entry fee, so with 6 protection officers that equals £9000 there. Then add in the motorcycle clothing and the motorcycle hire, all that on top of their normal salaries, overseas payments, overtime payments, Sunday payments and the bill for the taxpayer just goes up and up.
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Old 11-11-2008, 07:07 AM
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We are not just talking about the cost of security, salaries, accommodation, food on this trip, we are talking of UK taxpayers paying the £9,000 entry fee, + hire of the 6 extra bikes + motorcycle clothing allowance etc on top of any overseas allowances, not for an official visit, not even an official holiday, but for a jolly!
how would you define an "official" holiday?
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Old 11-11-2008, 07:10 AM
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I think I have the perfect solution - keep them locked up in BP only. That way security costs will be lower. Better still, move them out of BP to a council estate in South London, and convert BP into an events arena - just like the millenium dome became the O2 Arena!
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Old 11-11-2008, 07:19 AM
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how would you define an "official" holiday?
An official holiday is one that is part of your yearly legal entitlement. We know this was not the case with Harry as it was stated that he was given 'special leave'.
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I think I have the perfect solution - keep them locked up in BP only. That way security costs will be lower. Better still, move them out of BP to a council estate in South London, and convert BP into an events arena - just like the millenium dome became the O2 Arena!
Do you really want to lower the tone of council estates in London? We have enough events arenas, we could use it to house the homeless perhaps.
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Old 11-11-2008, 07:42 AM
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Everyone taking part pays £1500 entry fee, so with 6 protection officers that equals £9000 there. Then add in the motorcycle clothing and the motorcycle hire, all that on top of their normal salaries, overseas payments, overtime payments, Sunday payments and the bill for the taxpayer just goes up and up.
Skydragon, I never thought about that, but you're right, of course, when it comes to the amount of extra cost to the taxpayer. But maybe the government should (or has already done so) view the whole BRF as some sort of "amusement park" for the taxpayers. These parks cost, that's a fact but if they amuse enough people, then they turn into a successful business...

Of course, they could fix the costs for security for the princes and princesses and let them in on the costs and decide how to spend it. Like: okay, Your Royal Highnesses, we have enough money in this year's account to cover the cost of either going to university/serving as officers for the rest of the year or stay at home for the rest of the year except for two visits to nightclubs in november and three in december (the last one a personal gift from your grandparents...). Ah, and BTW - the government decided that visits to nightclubs are not longer included in next year's allowance, but we have already contacted two charities which might come up with a solution for you if you are willing to highlight their profile with some sort of ribbon-cutting....
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Old 11-11-2008, 08:19 AM
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but we have already contacted two charities which might come up with a solution for you if you are willing to highlight their profile with some sort of ribbon-cutting....
oh, like a rent-a-royal - what a wonderful idea. seeking inspiration from people like princess michael of kent! extending the same thought further, may be the government could ask the Queen's car to carry advertising on the side - just like a london cab!
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Old 11-11-2008, 08:25 AM
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An official holiday is one that is part of your yearly legal entitlement. We know this was not the case with Harry as it was stated that he was given 'special leave'.
Do you really want to lower the tone of council estates in London? We have enough events arenas, we could use it to house the homeless perhaps.
Is it fact that Harry was given special leave, or is it mere speculation? And even if he were given special leave, thats a matter between him and his superiors.

As regards the cost of security as I previously said, if it has been decided that the boys need security, then that is it. You can't use that as a stick to restrict their movements. Asking the "court of the Daily Mail" for approval for what might be a suitable charity event for members of the royal family to attend is asinine in my opinion!

I was in london for the weekend a few weeks ago and went to Primrose Hill with some family. By the swings was none other than David Miliband, playing with his 2 sons, followed discretely by 2 security guards. Extending your argument further, surely the foreign secretary has no business to take his children to the playground on a Sunday morning!
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Old 11-11-2008, 08:26 AM
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I hope some of the men in grey are reading this forum, they will be inspired. There might even be a knighthood somewhere for someone.
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The economic crisis in the U.S. has spread globally and grown deeper faster than most people, economists included, predicted. It is possible that things will get much worse before they get better and that the world may see a global recession of unprecedented severity for several years. If this happens (I'm not saying I hope it does!, just that it is a possibility), and British taxpayer reaction to the costs of royalty is so critical even now, in really straitened times, what might happen to the monarchy? I'm interested in hearing the opinions of people who live in the UK.
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