You stirrer you Barry!! I am a royalist and always will be. I don't get a newspaper these days and if I did I certainly wouldn't take everything as the gospel truth. Yes, the royal family have great wealth ( they also employ many hundreds of folks in their various areas of ownership.) How they acquired that wealth can be debated till doomsday . The popularity of Charles's 2 sons and their wives/soon to be wife is clear wherever they go and that includes many foreign countries. There is no doubt that they bring in a tremendous number of tourists with pockets jingling. This argument about should we/should we not have them will always rage and cause much discussion in every corner of the country. On a personal note, they have done me no harm, I am no worse off because they are there. I have 2 final messages (for now) 1, had Henry Tudor not defeated Richard III at Bosworth field we could have a yorkist monarchy!!! think about that. and 2, I give you TRUMP, PUTIN, Xi JINPING, BORIS!! Do you honestly think this country would be better off (and in what way) by an elected but totally bent/bumbling inept leader with the sort of power that these fools mentioned have?