Prince Charles embarrassment: Morbid centuries-old rule behind annual princely income


PRINCE CHARLES’s sources of income for the Duchy of Cornwall’s accounts include the appropriation of dead Cornwall residents who fail to leave a will to their relatives.

Addressing the morbid discovery made by a report on the Prince of Wales’ accounts by the Telegraph, Royally Obsessed host Rachel Bowie claimed Prince Charles becomes the owner of any property left by Cornwall residents who failed to write a will before dying. Ms Bowie explained the morbid law dates all the way back to King William IV. 

She said: “A report by the Telegraph discusses Prince Charles Duchy account and the fact that annually nearly £1 million of it comes from Cornwall residents that die without wills.

“If I lived in Cornwall I’d be like make sure that there are copies of my will.

“It dates back centuries, it was implemented by King William IV.

“All unclaimed assets upon death automatically become the property of the Duke of Cornwall.

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Prince Charles becomes automatic owner of property left by Cornwall residents who die without a will (Image: GETTY)

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Prince Charles and Camilla met 700 ASDA workers in Bristol (Image: GETTY)

“So it’s a few hundred years old and Charles actually typically sets some of this money aside for any previously identified or unidentified relatives that may come forward to claim their inheritance.

“But most of the money gets invested and spent on charitable causes.”

The Prince of Wales was spotted in an ASDA distribution centre earlier this week with wife Camilla to meet workers who have been instrumental in keeping supplies running throughout the lockdown.

They met some of the 700 workers at the Bristol centre to thank them for working throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

Staff have worked extra hours and different shift patterns and had postponed holidays to cope with increased demand throughout the coronavirus crisis.

During the visit, the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall spoke with Richard Sigward, 74, a warehouse operator, who has been working for the supermarket for 17 years.

He told the couple that he refuses to retire – something that the duke and duchess agreed with him on.

Mr Sigward said: “The Duchess was saying to me she definitely agrees that if people can work and are happy to do it, they should carry on.

“She said she refuses to retire herself. The Prince was the same.”

Prince Charles may be way past retirement age being 71, but the Prince of Wales made it clear he is not going anywhere just yet.

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Prince Charles was struck by COVID at the beginning of lockdown (Image: GETTY)

Given that his father Prince Philip did not retire until he was in his late 90s, it seems unlikely the Prince of Wales will be putting his feet up anytime soon.

The Prince of Wales has been preparing all his life for his eventual reign and has spent much of his royal life doing what royals do – representing the Crown and taking part in various charitable endeavours.

The Prince was struck down with COVID-19 back at the beginning of the lockdown, but managed to recover well and has not suffered some of the long-term symptoms other victims have.

The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall have now resumed some in-person engagements as lockdown comes to an end, and have made several other visits since lockdown regulations were loosened.


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