Home Renos, Overseas Travel, Engagement Rings and on and on..

I would urge everyone to actually read the full Sovereign Grant Report, for the financial year 2018-19 and then, rather than relying on the lop-sided reports on social media over how much the Royal Family as a whole 'costs' the tax payers, consider: the income that the Royal Family generates be it income from the Crown Estate land and properties that the government gets or the taxes paid; the income from tourism the Royals generate within the U.K. and the countries that they visit; and see the beneficial effect of a Royal Visit on every community and charity that is visited.

In terms of Harry and Meghan's tour to Australia and New Zealand, nobody is mentioning the modest cost of this long visit at 81k (compared say to William's sole visit for 4 days to Israel and Palestine which cost just under 74k and compared to the cost of Price Charles's 11 day tour of the Caribbean at 417k). The home reno costs were not 'cheap' but were also very extensive with lots of structural work, re-plumbing and rewiring and with some of the 'luxury' items picked up by Harry and Meghan themselves. Many have forgotten the same outcry that was made at the cost of William and Kate's renovations at Anmer Hall in Norfolk and at their apartment at Kensington Palace. 

As for the changes to Meghan's engagement ring, is this really the only news that can be found? Do we miss seeing Meghan out and about so much that we result to reporting this sort of minor stuff? That said, I do notice the new band on the engagement ring nicely matches the third ring Meghan started to wear after giving birth to Archie.

I thought we had instigated a be nice campaign but clearly not!


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