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Old 20th Nov 2019, 18:34
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Prince Andrew to step back from royal duties

The poor wee lamb; guess he'll have more time to spend on the golf course.....
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Old 20th Nov 2019, 18:52
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Probably the best decision he's made recently. After making the decision to do that interview, which did him far, far more harm than good, I suspect he's been "lent on" to step out of the public eye. Pity that he wasn't "lent on" earlier, and persuaded that the TV interview was not a good idea. Mind you, it's not the first time the Royal Family has been well behind the curve when it comes to PR, and the way that the media can influence public opinion.

Stepping down from Royal duties does raise the question as to whether taxpayers should keep paying for him, though. For as long as he, ostensibly, performed some functions that were in the public interest, then paying for him could, perhaps, be justified. Not sure how that can be the case now. He's a bit young to retire, given that his father only stepped down from Royal duties a couple of years ago.

As an aside, I heard an interesting snippet from someone who provides self-drive limousines for him. Apparently he never takes the keys for the cars he drives with him, as they "spoil the line of his suit". When he drives somewhere he just drops the car key/fob on the floor of the car as he gets out, for someone else to retrieve. Little foibles like this (if true) plus some of the badly phrased replies to questions during that TV interview, tend to cast doubt on both his judgement, and the extent with which he understands the nature of life for ordinary people in the UK.
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Old 20th Nov 2019, 18:57
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He shouldn't receive another penny of public money.
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Old 20th Nov 2019, 18:58
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On " normal" flights ( ie not private or Royal Flights) he travels under a pseudonym - which varies daily - on this occasion I was operating a Geneva - Heathrow flight and Club was over booked , so not knowing who he was from his name , the ground sataff downgraded him and his bodyguard to the rearmost seats by the rear toilet - unfortunately there was no food available either. Shame it was a relatively short flight.....
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I thought Prince Andrew was given a yearly allowance from the Queen and not from the civil list, this together with an RAF pension formed his income. But of course I may be completely wrong.
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Old 20th Nov 2019, 19:10
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this together with an RAF pension
I doubt it. He spent over twenty years in the Royal Navy.
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Old 20th Nov 2019, 19:12
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I thought Prince Andrew was given a yearly allowance from the Queen and not from the civil list, this together with an RAF pension formed his income. But of course I may be completely wrong.
Why would he be in receipt of an RAF Pension? He's ex RN.
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He directly gets his RN pension as a retired commander, plus 250k from the Queen. However, he, like many of the Royal family, has personal protection officers, paid for from the public purse, as well as incurring significant travel costs from the public purse (he wasn't known as "air miles Andy" for nothing).

I suspect there are probably costs associated with publicly owned properties that he has the use of, in addition to the properties he owns himself. Quite how his net worth is so high, given his income, seems a matter of some speculation. No doubt some of this has come from investments, and it seems quite likely that his association with people like Epstein played a part in his income from those.
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Quite how his net worth is so high, given his income, seems a matter of some speculation.
I think the answer to that is he is 'sponsored' by various friends/business associates. The Queen/Charles/Anne/Cambridge's and Sussexes are above such things but other royals seem to push the connections opportunity quite hard.
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https://newsthump.com/2019/11/20/pri...it-is-he-does/

Third richest royal apparently, after Queenie and Chas.

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Old 20th Nov 2019, 22:39
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Originally Posted by ShyTorque View Post
Why would he be in receipt of an RAF Pension? He's ex RN.
Thanks to you and FED for the correction.
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I understand that even though he has not actually been accused of any criminal offence (but some pretty questionable behaviour) he has now indicated that he is willing to go to the USA to help with the enquiry into the activities of Jeffrey Epstein. This of course will be met with a reciprocal move from the USA who will immediately extradite the woman who fled this country after accidentally killing a young motor cyclist by driving on the wrong side of the road.

Wont it?
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Old 21st Nov 2019, 07:15
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Originally Posted by Tankertrashnav View Post
I understand that even though he has not actually been accused of any criminal offence (but some pretty questionable behaviour) he has now indicated that he is willing to go to the USA to help with the enquiry into the activities of Jeffrey Epstein. This of course will be met with a reciprocal move from the USA who will immediately extradite the woman who fled this country after accidentally killing a young motor cyclist by driving on the wrong side of the road.

Wont it?
That would be quid pro quo. Not currently a 'done thing' in the US these days TTN. Seemingly!

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Old 21st Nov 2019, 07:27
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Apparently the 250K per annum from mummy has now stopped, but who knows if, in private, that will still continue. As has been mentioned his wealth seems to far outstrip his income(s) over the years, but perhaps he can liquidate some of that and derive an income that allows him to live quietly into the foreseeable future.
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Old 21st Nov 2019, 08:39
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Apparently the 250K per annum from mummy has now stopped, but who knows if, in private, that will still continue. As has been mentioned his wealth seems to far outstrip his income(s) over the years, but perhaps he can liquidate some of that and derive an income that allows him to live quietly into the foreseeable future.
It would be interesting to see how he acquired that wealth, in such a relatively short period of time. He officially left the RN in 2001, so has presumably turned his modest RN pension, plus the ~250k annual Sovereign Grant, into an estimated 57m in the space of a few years (he was estimated to be worth $82m in 2013). Presumably he also helped to pay off his ex-wife's considerable debts at the same time. All that money must have come from somewhere.
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Old 21st Nov 2019, 08:54
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I hope he looks behind him when he steps back.
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Old 21st Nov 2019, 09:00
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Nice (?) diversion from the General Election and Brexit mess .... bet the politicians are pleased.
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Old 21st Nov 2019, 09:48
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The Queen is absolutely livid apparently.

She even confiscated his 'Jim fixed it for me' badge.
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Old 21st Nov 2019, 10:02
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Guys, you must keep up by readng the Daily Fail. It's all, mostly there. One "deal" that he "brokered" in the ME brought in 3.5 mill. It was his "one percent" fee on a 350 million "deal". Set yourselves up as "Trade Reps" and start "brokering" deals. It will help if, in addition, you are seriously connected if only by name. .
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He's a dick, but I was still very sad to hear about his car accident. Next month!

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