I’m a nutter, according to Prince Charles!
I have a private member’s bill waiting second reading in the lords, which is designed to make the necessary changes to legislation so that the Duchy of Cornwall is classed as a private entity, alongside many other private estates.
The Duchy, in its Consultation Document on turning St Mary’s Harbour in the Isles of Scilly into a Trust port, says that one of its reasons for doing so is to confirm this:
So my Bill would make the following changes in order to make the Duchy as close to a ‘normal’ private estate as is possible without going back into legislation passed several centuries ago.
So why all the fuss about this and the new book by Catherine Mayer?
Surely he should want to sort out these mediaeval rights that the Duchy retains? He will be a modern King, and will want to avoid special privileges that royalty still enjoys! So presumably no more spidery letters that make ministers and officials quake in their shoes.
Anyway, my Bill is still in the queue for debating time in the Lords.
In the meantime, a few comments on the Daily Telegraph article so far received, attributable to avoid blushes!
‘Charles clearly wants sole dominion over ‘nuttery’ and resents this intrusion. I think it’s hilarious that even the Queen doesn’t want Charles to become King.
‘A friend of mine made this point on Facebook:
Dear The Queen, isn’t the point of hereditary succession (which got you your job) that you just have to run with it?’
‘Rock on!!!! Very impressive.’
‘On behalf of my ‘German’ family, we have to admit that the statements of German Prince Charles against a German noble Berkeley is utterly a shame. You are not a nutter, you are pushing for tax democracy and that is good so.
‘As you know, we got rid of our German aristocracy for various reasons and some have managed to escape to the UK. The only one left in high rank and which makes the headlines is Ernst August from Hannover (the one who is hanging around with a prostitute whilst being married to Princess Caroline of Monaco). We also have some others, but I prefer not to mention them.
‘So, there seems to be a serious problem with your “Prince” and we cannot accept that he calls you a nutter. We consider him quite gawky in our country and if indeed already his mother Elisabeth questions his ability to reign, than there is a serious problem;.
‘So, consider his statement as a compliment…and continue!’