The earth will belong to the humble one day. However, the elite will currently take advantage of any opening to steal it from them.
According to a Guardian investigation, King Charles III is quietly making money for himself by accumulating the belongings of thousands of people who passed away in the northwest of England without leaving a will.
According to the Duchy website, the Duchy of Lancaster “began in 1265, when Henry III gifted the baronial lands of Simon de Montfort to his son, Edmund.” It is the monarch’s hereditary inheritance.
“A year later, Henry III added the estate of Robert Ferrers, Earl of Derby,” the website claims.
It appears that the current monarch is still adding to his inheritance more than 700 years later by acquiring assets from people who never intended for him to have them.
Charles reportedly accumulated “tens of millions of pounds” using the antiquated feudal statute known as bona vacantia, according to a claim published in The Guardian.
Revealed: King Charles secretly profiting from the assets of dead citizens.
This money should be going to the public purse for the benefit of people in the North West of England, not the king’s own pocket. Welcome to feudal Britain https://t.co/vAwavJiBAF
— nigelpeet (@nigelpeet) November 25, 2023
The contentious inheritance procedure has its roots in the Middle Ages when the Duchy of Lancaster and its dukes ruled over a large portion of north-west England. This area was formerly known as Lancaster County Palatine.
The monarch’s ancestral property still holds onto antiquated privileges to amass residual holdings inside the present-day borders of Lancashire, as well as portions of Merseyside, Greater Manchester, Cheshire, and Cumbria.
Under this outmoded entitlement, the Duchy of Lancaster may receive the financial assets of citizens of certain counties who pass away without a will or next of kin.
The Duchy asserted that this money is given to charities after expenses are subtracted. But as The Guardian reports, internal papers that were released reveal that only about 15% of the total truly ends up in charitable hands.
Rather, Charles is using this money to improve and repair his properties all around the nation, including his farms, vacation homes, and business structures. To boost the rental income from these homes, upgrades include the installation of new windows, roofs, boilers, and other fixtures.
The duchy’s annual revenues provide Charles with millions, which somewhat boosts his own income.
The Guardian provided a list of numerous deceased people whose personal belongings the king’s estate had inherited. Many were living in substandard conditions when they passed away.
The deceased’s friends and relatives were incensed that the money was not being used for charity, as stated, but rather for this reason. Staff members at the duchy view the practice internally as “free money” or a “slush fund” for the incoming king, a source close to the organization told The Guardian.
Regarding the accusations, Buckingham Palace opted not to respond.
A Duchy spokesman acknowledged that there might be an “incidental benefit” to King Charles’ income in the process but defended the costs as essential for the “preservation and protection” of their properties for future generations.
Thomas Jefferson thought that the king was the fundamental cause of almost all the evils that beset European countries, including inequality, oppression, and restrictions on individual freedom. He believed that monarchs were the cause of injustice.
“There is scarcely an evil known in these countries, which may not be traced to their king, as its source, nor a good, which is not derived from the small fibers of republicanism existing among them,” Jefferson wrote.
The equivalent of a feudal ruler “pillaging” his serfs’ scant possessions in the twenty-first century is this controversy.
The Crown’s use of a legal loophole to siphon off the departed’s funds is a sobering reminder of the reasons the Founding Fathers broke up the political alliances that bound us to the British Crown more than two centuries ago.