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Harry & Meghan 3 months 3 weeks ago #3260706

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Harry and Meaghan have had £2.4 million worth of renovation to their home,all taxpayers money, I personally think this is wrong,this money,taxpayers money could have been used to help cancer patients,elderly people,children,animals,
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Harry & Meghan 3 months 3 weeks ago #3260728

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JUJO wrote: Harry and Meaghan have had £2.4 million worth of renovation to their home,all taxpayers money, I personally think this is wrong,this money,taxpayers money could have been used to help cancer patients,elderly people,children,animals,


That is money that is allocated to the upkeep of the Royal properties each year. I agree it is a lot of money spent where possibly an alternative could have been found. I gather it was more than one property that was used to make the home!!, were they empty? Nice to have accsess to that sort of money without having to go cap in hand to the bank or Building Society.

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Harry & Meghan 3 months 3 weeks ago #3260729

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Obviously all royal palaces, buildings and grounds should be kept in good order, however personal preferences, extensions ,pools etc should be at their expense .
2.4M Outrageous!

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-48746609
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Harry & Meghan 3 months 3 weeks ago #3260764

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I'm all in favour of maintaining some of these beautiful buildings - i would hate to see them crumble and decay..but to convert this property from 5 dwellings back to single use, at taxpayers expense is unnecessary imo.

They could have chosen a more suitable property for their home, that didn't need so much renovation.
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Harry & Meghan 3 months 3 weeks ago #3260788

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OK 2.4 Million is a lot , But i Tend to Look at things from the Construction point of view, Electricians, Plumbers, plasterers , Brick layers, Labourers etc.. etc... these all get paid , so it's work for them, Tax paid by them ,also money earned is more than likely to be spent in the UK ... so really it goes back in to the Economy, and let's not forget this money is already allocated too Royals for such renovations so it's not like you will be paying out any more of what you already have . smile.png

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The house was already earmarked for much needed renovation anyway and quite a lot of the work was to replace defective structural elements, like ceiling beams and renewing old wiring, pipes etc.
Changing the house from 5 flats to back to one 5 bedroomed house is restoring it to its original form.

Everyone I know who has renovated an historic listed building has found the renovation costs for the necessary traditional materials and skilled labour, to ensure the historic integrity of the building is maintained, tend be twice as much as for an ordinary house renovation.
A friend of mine is currently doing major renovation on an old listed property and she is finding it a bottomless money pit - the endless surveys and planning applications and inspections are a major expense in themselves - for what some of these specialist surveyors actually do, the exorbitant costs are money for old rope!

I understand that the cost of the essential renovation work is being borne from the Sovereign Grant, which comes from the profits earned from The Crown Estate properties and, as the property is owned by The Crown Estate, they are duty bound to keep it in good repair.

Any extra luxuries, beyond what The Estate considers reasonable, will be paid from their private funds.

I’m comfortable with that.

And Toffee has made a good point, which I hadn’t thought of before - the money spent on the work will trickle back into the economy and tax collection coffers via all the companies employed to supply the materials and undertake the work - (as well as keeping some specialist traditional skilled craftsmen in employment)
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Harry & Meghan 3 months 3 weeks ago #3260818

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I know that’s the way it is ... however I’m not comfortable with it , not while plenty of us commoners haven’t roofs to call their own .
There are royal apartments ,houses ,palaces and castles with spare accommodation
It seems more than obscene to me .

Sooner I hope than later this has to end .
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Harry & Meghan 3 months 3 weeks ago #3260838

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I've just heard on the lunchtime news that £2.4 million is not the total cost, simply the amount spent in the tax year to April 2019. The final cost will be significantly more than this.

I take on board that if we have a monarchy then there is a cost to be borne by Joe public for the privilege but my feelings are that minor Royals with little or no prospect of becoming monarch, and I place Harry and Meghan in this category, should not receive the benefits that they currently seem to enjoy.
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Harry & Meghan 3 months 3 weeks ago #3260844

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Ivorbigwedge wrote: I've just heard on the lunchtime news that £2.4 million is not the total cost, simply the amount spent in the tax year to April 2019. The final cost will be significantly more than this.

I take on board that if we have a monarchy then there is a cost to be borne by Joe public for the privilege but my feelings are that minor Royals with little or no prospect of becoming monarch, and I place Harry and Meghan in this category, should not receive the benefits that they currently seem to enjoy.


Yes, I totally agree Ivor. Prince Harry is now 6th in line to the throne and both he and Meghan have made it very clear that they would prefer to lead more private lives than those closer to the throne and they prefer not to be on public show like the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (Prince William ,Kate and their three children).
In fact the Fathers day photo we saw of the new royal baby, Prince Archie.....was only of his feet! When millions of people would have loved a proper look at the newest addition to the royal family.

I am of the opinion that you can't have your cake and eat it too.....so you either want to be part pf the royal circus....or you don't. And if you want to lead a private life out of the limelight then that should include paying for your own renovations to your family home.
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Harry & Meghan 3 months 3 weeks ago #3260850

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Janquine wrote:

Ivorbigwedge wrote: I've just heard on the lunchtime news that £2.4 million is not the total cost, simply the amount spent in the tax year to April 2019. The final cost will be significantly more than this.

I take on board that if we have a monarchy then there is a cost to be borne by Joe public for the privilege but my feelings are that minor Royals with little or no prospect of becoming monarch, and I place Harry and Meghan in this category, should not receive the benefits that they currently seem to enjoy.


Yes, I totally agree Ivor. Prince Harry is now 6th in line to the throne and both he and Meghan have made it very clear that they would prefer to lead more private lives than those closer to the throne and they prefer not to be on public show like the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (Prince William ,Kate and their three children).
In fact the Fathers day photo we saw of the new royal baby, Prince Archie.....was only of his feet! When millions of people would have loved a proper look at the newest addition to the royal family.

I am of the opinion that you can't have your cake and eat it too.....so you either want to be part pf the royal circus....or you don't. And if you want to lead a private life out of the limelight then that should include paying for your own renovations to your family home.


And no more faffing around , proper jobs ! if they aren’t going to headline the family firm .

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