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Anthony Supplebottom
21st Apr 2013, 08:30
.. that's the bloomin' question!

Prince William will owe taxpayer 400,000 if he quits helicopter job early - Mirror Online (http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/prince-william-owe-taxpayer-400000-1844015)

Prince William will owe taxpayer 400,000 if he quits helicopter job early

RAF chiefs have decided to write off the bill in the interests of the nation

I don't agree that's its in the national interest - to see him handing out prizes at sporting events at our expense. I'd rather he be a man and complete his tour of duty.

The longer the royals remain in the services the more chance they have of being half normal when then leave, it keeps their feet a bit more firmly on the ground - so to speak.

Another thing, if you're gonna start something, follow it through. His got the rest of his life to perform his all important other duties.

Fareastdriver
21st Apr 2013, 09:27
His military job privatised, no other aircraft for him to fly; show him the door. They've done it to hundreds of others.

Lon More
21st Apr 2013, 09:53
showing him the door might mean that someone who actually needs a job is retained.
Maybe his mum should have signed a bond to repay the cost of training if he left early?

cavortingcheetah
21st Apr 2013, 09:56
Edward Windsor resigned after three months' training as a Royal Marine officer.
There's no problem with that. Many don't make it. The attitude though is reflected in Edward holds various honorary commissions from his mother and parades around dressed to the nines in all sorts of military uniform. It's the same as a pilot aspirant who couldn't make the grade, through no fault of his own, donning a Captain's uniform and sauntering down the High Street expecting ennoblement from the prostate masses. He should perhaps have more self esteem than to do what he does.

Capetonian
21st Apr 2013, 09:57
RAF chiefs have decided to write off the bill in the interests of the nation

Why exactly is it in the interests of the nation to write off the bill? I would have thought the opposite, for several reasons.

DX Wombat
21st Apr 2013, 10:06
Maybe his mum should have signed a bond to repay the cost of training if he left early?How do you propose she should manage that? :confused:

oxenos
21st Apr 2013, 10:18
" Prostate Masses " cavorting cheetah ?

You need to see a urologist, and soon.

500N
21st Apr 2013, 10:26
Often wondered why the urgency for him
to take up Royal duties.

Why not let him live life a bit longer as a pilot,
it's not like it is doing the country any harm.

Checkboard
21st Apr 2013, 10:47
His military job privatised, no other aircraft for him to fly; show him the door. They've done it to hundreds of others.

It's not about him leaving. It's about him, already wealthy, avoiding the responsibility that anyone else in his position would be expected to meet. :hmm:

Hobo
21st Apr 2013, 11:04
the prostate masses ...so only the blokes then.

Sailor Vee
21st Apr 2013, 11:09
Sorry, Checkers, but if you'd been following the SAR(H) thread you might see it from a different angle.

Any civvies recruited will face a bonding of 3years, especially for the aircraft conversion. So if HM should, (Heaven forfend), pop her clogs, does a regent stand in until his bonding is over? Better shift him now to avoid any future confusion.

Lon More
21st Apr 2013, 11:29
How do you propose she should manage that?

there's enough that think she still lives. Should have written Gran.

oxenos
21st Apr 2013, 12:09
" does a regent stand in until his bonding is over?"

His father might be willing to stand in for a few years. Poor sod has been waiting for ages.

Erwin Schroedinger
21st Apr 2013, 12:39
I find it difficult to accept that the Royals are incapable of honouring contracts they've knowingly entered into.

I mean, look at their marriage records.

MadsDad
21st Apr 2013, 16:16
As regards his mum paying the bill, according to the article in the Mirror:-

While sources have confirmed that a request for the outstanding 400,000 would be met, the RAF has decided not to make it.

This seems to be that an offer to repay the bond has been made but the RAF don't want the dosh.

For whatever reason.

arcniz
21st Apr 2013, 16:39
Well, if a Nation has a set of Royals, and if they seem to be doing more good than harm, or at least breakeven, then it makes sense to take care of them a wee little bit. Parliaments always will be damned, if not always by way of the usual damning, and the Royals seem to help there with a bit of side-chatter and distraction when the other bits of .gov seem to be losing plot at lightspeed rates.

Given they (them Royals) are a first-rate tourist attraction and still serve useful to take the heat off all them other bits of Government some, they seem quite handy and highly cost-effective. From a long distance it seems Royals are great for calming the angry hordes when circumstances otherwise would have the heads of the elected ones on stakes in a park somewhere, with a band playing -- several or many bands -- and folk gathering firewood for the warmly anticipated gran finale with their elected representatives.

A little indulgence for the already-trained Royals now and again seems like a good thing, even at a cost. You Brits should count selves as really lucky to have at least one branch of Government working, statistically speaking, nearly all the time.

Tankertrashnav
21st Apr 2013, 16:39
" does a regent stand in until his bonding is over?"

His father might be willing to stand in for a few years. Poor sod has been waiting for ages.


sailor vee's in good company, oxenos. It's amazing how many people seem to have somehow erased Prince Charles from their memory banks when it comes to the royal succession.

Wonder why that is :confused:

parabellum
21st Apr 2013, 21:06
Forgotten who Charlie is? Dad of the next King, isn't he?


Constitutionally impossible, Charles has to succeed his mother, after that he can abdicate if he wants to, Charles would have to die before his mother for William to be the next king.

Not much point in having William embark on an expensive conversion course is there, it has always been known that his public duties would increase. Is GBP400,000 an accurate figure, he has been active 'on line' for quite a while now, must have worked some of his bond off?

Tinstaafl
21st Apr 2013, 21:33
Forgotten who Charlie is? Dad of the next King, isn't he?

1DC
21st Apr 2013, 21:42
So if Prince William was just plain old commoner Willy Wales and decided to leave would he be hit with a 400k bill? What would happen if he couldn't pay??

Checkboard
21st Apr 2013, 22:28
He'd be told: "Suck it up, son - you're in the Armed Forces now." :hmm:

Blacksheep
22nd Apr 2013, 06:59
. . . if you're gonna start something, follow it through. His got the rest of his life to perform his all important other duties. His father is a good example. Started off on a Naval career, was retired to play at Prince of Wales and turned into a plonker who almost did for the Monarchy. With the help of good PR consultants that has been turned around for the time beong, but his dreadful old whore's upstaging of HM does not bode well for the future. He's not out of the woods yet.

In contrast Prince William seems to be a well adjusted fellow; lets hope he continues his RAF career instead of poncing about wasting time on so-called "Royal Duties".

Erwin Schroedinger
22nd Apr 2013, 08:26
This seems to be that an offer to repay the bond has been made but the RAF don't want the dosh.

It all came from the same source: you and I.

If they don't want it, they should give it back to us.