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Old 03-29-2008, 06:38 AM
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In my opinion I think Harry looks a lot like Hewitt if you put a picture of them together. It is a very tricky question to answer but I think the Royal family should get a blood test donw to find out the REAL truth.
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Old 03-29-2008, 01:38 PM
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Yes, they do look a lot a like, but you should also look at the kids of Lady Sarah McQuorquodale (spelling?). Harry is the spitting image.

And what makes you think the BRF hasn't done a blood test?

But, like most people in this thread, you're completely missing the point. Harry's paternity doesn't matter because:

Harry was born in wedlock to a man who acknowledged him as his son. Under the law, Harry is the son of Charles, period. No debate, end of story.

Moreover, there is no way to prove it one way or the other in a conclusive way. No matter what result comes out, half the country will say it's a lie.
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Old 03-29-2008, 01:51 PM
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But, like most people in this thread, you're completely missing the point. Harry's paternity doesn't matter because:

Harry was born in wedlock to a man who acknowledged him as his son. Under the law, Harry is the son of Charles, period. No debate, end of story.

Moreover, there is no way to prove it one way or the other in a conclusive way. No matter what result comes out, half the country will say it's a lie.
I think you are missing the point. According to British law there is the possibility to question the paternity in case you are eventually cheated out of an inheritance. As long as William lives, it doesn't matter who Harry's father is. But should something happen to William, Harry becomes Charles' heir and thus heir to the throne. In this case it could matter to prince Andrew if Harry really is Charles' son. Because if he wasn't Andrew would be Charles' heir and thus the heir to the throne.

So if something happens to William, Andrew could force Charles and Harry to produce proof of their relationship. If they fail, Andrew could sue Harry for his position as Charles' heir. As there have been similar cases concerning peerages, I believe Andrew stood a chance. All on the condition that Harry is in fact not Charles' son and William leaves no heir. Who in Britain would want Hewitt's and Diana's child on the throne if they could have a son of Elizabeth II.? Okay, after Andrew it would be a daughter of Sarah Ferguson but at least Beatrice looks like a Windsor, so I guess she is.
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Old 03-29-2008, 03:06 PM
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But, like most people in this thread, you're completely missing the point. Harry's paternity doesn't matter because:
The point of this thread is not, to me, to argue 'points of law', but to discuss who the biological father is.

The question being asked is not whether Charles has claimed Harry as his son, but who donated the sperm.
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Why does it matter so much to know who gave the sperm ? It's a personal affair and so, no one's business. I don't try to know if my neighbor is the result of an illegitimate union. That's the same thing with Harry.
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Old 03-29-2008, 08:09 PM
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Why does it matter so much to know who gave the sperm ? It's a personal affair and so, no one's business. I don't try to know if my neighbor is the result of an illegitimate union. That's the same thing with Harry.
Is there a possibility of your neighbour becoming a king or enjoying privileges that are given to a prince?

Unfortunately as one of the 'premier' families in the UK, it is of importance and interest. Perhaps in 20 - 30 years time, if interest has dwindled in the Royal Family and the UK becomes a Republic, it will have no importance at all, but will probably still hold the interest of some.
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Is there a possibility of your neighbour becoming a king or enjoying privileges that are given to a prince?

Unfortunately as one of the 'premier' families in the UK, it is of importance and interest. Perhaps in 20 - 30 years time, if interest has dwindled in the Royal Family and the UK becomes a Republic, it will have no importance at all, but will probably still hold the interest of some.
But it's still his life. People don't have the right to question him and spy on him like they do. Of course, we are aware of his privilege position and it would be unfair for UK citizens to pay taxes for someone who is not of Royal blood. However, I'm not convinced on the way people are desperately trying to find something wrong in the RF.
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Old 03-30-2008, 04:26 AM
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But it's still his life. People don't have the right to question him and spy on him like they do. Of course, we are aware of his privilege position and it would be unfair for UK citizens to pay taxes for someone who is not of Royal blood. However, I'm not convinced on the way people are desperately trying to find something wrong in the RF.
As if life was fair, Kelly... IMHO his mother had a very unfortunate tendency to select the wrong company and to say sentences which could be misunderstood. Not only the fatal "look what I do next" but the sentence that she had no idea how she and Charles created their second child...

That, together with her need to be loved and her opinion that she didn't get this love from her husband created the climate in which people started to doubt Harry's paternity. That he looks like a Spencer and not like a Windsor at all doesn't help either.

But IMHO as long as William lives it will all be mere speculation and I do hope that Harry is grown-up enough to disregard any such thoughts.
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Old 03-30-2008, 07:32 AM
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But it's still his life. People don't have the right to question him and spy on him like they do. Of course, we are aware of his privilege position and it would be unfair for UK citizens to pay taxes for someone who is not of Royal blood. However, I'm not convinced on the way people are desperately trying to find something wrong in the RF.
Unfortunately, people are people and speculation will never end. I do not mean this as an assault on Diana but this will always be a problem when women have extra marital affairs and more so when titles or money are involved.

Even in the 'normal world', If a man has an extra partner, at worst he may come away with a STD and/or paying to support a child until it is 18. If the woman becomes pregnant, it can cause immense heartache and speculation over the paternity of any child and must surely damage the child. On top of this you may have medical/genetic issues.
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Old 03-30-2008, 07:37 AM
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Yes, unfortunately we will never change people. But I think we all agree to say it's unfair for a child to go through that kind of experience.
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Old 03-30-2008, 12:13 PM
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Not a single penny of tax money supports the Royal Family. The money that supports the Royal Family actually comes from the Civil List, which is money taken from the income of the Crown Estate, which is the hereditary property of the sovereign and is voluntarily surrendered to the government at the beginning of each reign.

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If they fail, Andrew could sue Harry for his position as Charles' heir.
Do you honestly think Andrew would ever be allowed to do that? Do you really think he would want to create such a schism in his family? Of course not. Which, again, makes the whole point of Harry's biological parentage completely moot.
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Old 03-30-2008, 12:23 PM
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Not a single penny of tax money supports the Royal Family. The money that supports the Royal Family actually comes from the Civil List, which is money taken from the income of the Crown Estate, which is the hereditary property of the sovereign and is voluntarily surrendered to the government at the beginning of each reign.
I'm afraid you are incorrect in your statement that the Royal Family receives no money from UK taxpayers.
The documents show that the royals cost £37.3m last year - the equivalent of 62p per UK taxpayer - and 0.3% less than in 2005-6.
BBC NEWS | UK | Queen reveals Royal spending bill

These are figures released by HM, but are not really a fair and accurate tally as apart from the cost involved in security, bodyguards etc, the figure given of 62p per person also includes babies, children and non taxpayers, therefore making the burden on taxpayers higher still.

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Not a single penny of tax money supports the Royal Family. The money that supports the Royal Family actually comes from the Civil List, which is money taken from the income of the Crown Estate, which is the hereditary property of the sovereign and is voluntarily surrendered to the government at the beginning of each reign.
Britons still pay taxes : Queen costs Britons 62p each

That's what most anti-monarchist people reproach them.

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Old 03-30-2008, 02:43 PM
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I'm afraid you're incorrect, actually. Please read about the Civil List. It's not tax money.
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I thought that a portion of the Civil List was paid by government departments--and government is funded by taxes, so it would appear that taxes in fact contribute to the MOnarchy. I believe the last figure I read stated that the Monarchy costs the taxpayer 61 pence. Not much--in my opinion-
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I'm afraid you're incorrect, actually. Please read about the Civil List. It's not tax money.
According to Wikipedia : Civil list - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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And UK citizens still pay taxes, like mentioned in my previous post.
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I thought that a portion of the Civil List was paid by government departments--and government is funded by taxes, so it would appear that taxes in fact contribute to the MOnarchy. I believe the last figure I read stated that the Monarchy costs the taxpayer 61 pence. Not much--in my opinion-
The Civil List is paid for from the revenues of the Crown Estate, which is surrendered by the sovereign to the government at the beginning of each reign. It amounts to approximately 200M pounds a year.

To put it in simpler terms:

Income to government from Crown Estate: 200M pounds
Payments to RF for Civil List and Grants-in-Aid: approx 40M pounds

Net cost to Britons: 0.
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The Civil List is paid for from the revenues of the Crown Estate, which is surrendered by the sovereign to the government at the beginning of each reign. It amounts to approximately 200M pounds a year.

To put it in simpler terms:

Income to government from Crown Estate: 200M pounds
Payments to RF for Civil List and Grants-in-Aid: approx 40M pounds

Net cost to Britons: 0.
Then how do you explain that it's been evaluated that each taxpayers pay 62 pence to the Queen ?
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Income to government from Crown Estate: 200M pounds
Payments to RF for Civil List and Grants-in-Aid: approx 40M pounds

Net cost to Britons: 0.
You are incorrect, unless you are saying that HM, the BBC etc have all got it wrong.
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The Crown Estate would most likely continue to be government property in the event of a republic, as it's the property of the monarch as opposed to being property of the person whose status as monarch is completely incidental.
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