Pressure Group Wants Duchy Abolished

Hugh House, the offices of the Duchy of Cornwall

The pressure group, Republic, will be launching a campaign for the abolition of the Duchy of Cornwall today.

The group say the Duchy gives millions of pounds to Prince Charles every year, as people who die in Scilly and Cornwall without wills in place have their estates passed to the organisation.

They alleged that the Prince uses the organisation as a power base from which to interfere in politics and lobby on a range of issues.

Republic’s chief executive Graham Smith said: “This is the start of a rolling campaign aimed at raising debate about the future of the Duchy with the aim of having the institution abolished.”

The group wants the royals included in Freedom of Information laws. They also want Duchy tenants to have the right to buy.

Garrison resident Alan Davis has campaigned for that change here.


8 Responses to Pressure Group Wants Duchy Abolished

  1. Todd Stevens October 8, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    A landlords a landlord. Do they think anyone else will be/do any better. The council would let all the homes fall into disrepair so they surely cant be any better. As Adam Morton says a private company might sell it all off to the rich. Maybe its a case of: Better the devil you know.

  2. Janet Channell October 8, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    Are you starting up a petition to take the Duchy profits away from Prince Charles? I would willingly sign one.
    The money should go to improve Cornwall for it’s people not to line the pockets of an already vastly wealthy individual.

  3. John Headon September 29, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    Adam Morton and John Peacock make thoughtful comments, but what if the land was taken on by a co-operative owned by residents, with restrictions on sales? That might get round some of the problems raised. No doubt there would be other issues, but it would at least seem worth thinking through.

  4. IanT September 29, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    Who are this crazy group? Surely the assets of all who die intestate go to the state and, even if the monarchy was abolished, I’m sure nothing would change in that respect. After all who else could it reasonably go to? The Battersea Dogs Home?
    As to the millions ‘given’to Prince Charles each year, this is just the income from a business and is, therefore, much the same as any other commercial business. Whether you are a monarchist or not, it cannot be denied that HRH and many other members of the Royal family work extremely hard and for long hours. The work may not be physical but it certainly must be much more tiring than the ‘two days a week ‘non-executive’ directors spend to collect their six figure salaries,

  5. John Peacock September 29, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    The Duchy is a very good landlord for the islands and the Off Islands in particular. I could no longer afford to live on the islands if right to buy came in. I could not afford a mortgage on my current property which I rent, which probably has a value in the region of £400,000. I suggest that few islanders could afford such sums. Having just looked at the first direct website we would be looking at repayments in excess of £1500 per month. In my view this is not within the reach of most islanders given the low wages paid in Scilly.

    Its’ time for us to support the status quo. The alternative is that Scilly turns into a rich pay park for City Investment bankers.

  6. Paul Whittaker September 29, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    Some Duchy tenents do have a right to buy land that they have built a house on already. I am one of them that has done so. For some reason this does not include the Garrison where Mr Davis lives.

    • IanT September 30, 2012 at 8:55 am

      I suspect that the reason the Garrison is excluded is because it is still legally a ‘strategic military establishment’.

  7. Adam Morton,St.Martins September 29, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    I know a lot people get a hard deal out of the duchy and and pay through the nose but I for one am thankfull that it does exist.If everything was private land lord owned we would be in a worse position than we are now.All the right to buy will envolve is people buying their lease and then flogging it off to the highest bidder make and fast buck ,leaving the islands a retirment home for the wealthy/more than it is now.No young person can afford to buy a business or home as it is ,it would be ten times worse all private owned.I dont find it any more outrageouse that HRH gets millions for doing very little than most cheif execs or managers who also tweak the government.