Two Kitchens Kate! That’s Kate’s new nickname (thanks Daily Mail 😉 ; they come up with the best nicknames for Kate—they came up with “Waity Katie” after all). The royal finances report was released. Go here to view the report on the royal website. For a great explanation of the finances, go here to read Victoria Murphy’s Mirror article. In short, the monarchy spent £35.7 million last year (fiscal year being April 2013-April 2014)—that’s 56p per each citizen if you’re wondering. But I don’t think that includes the cost of security (which, if added in, would be astronomical). You can read about Prince Charles’ tax break here, and about his expensive chartered plane here. Let’s move on to Will and Kate, since at least the Queen and Charles work for their expenses. William and Kate’s Kensington Palace apartment cost a total of £3.4 million last year (adding in the £1.1 million from the previous year and the total cost of their apartment is £4.5 million). I guess the big thing coming out of this is that Will and Kate added a second kitchen; a “private, family kitchen”, because Kate can’t cook in the official kitchen? Of course, that’s just what the taxpayer paid. Charles reportedly threw in £1.5 million to furnish the apartment—which includes carpets and drapes and that type of stuff. And an oven that costs a whopping £18,000. And £500 for a food processor. The f-ck?
The Cambridge’s spokespeople are completely deluded:
Asked whether Prince Charles might have helped his son pay for the new kitchen, a Clarence House spokesman said: ‘Many young couples when doing up houses seek help from their parents or grandparents. There may have been some assistance.’
One aide said: ‘The Cambridges were actually extremely sensitive to the fact that public funds were being used to pay for a lot of this work. They understood that it would be a drain on public expenditure and they wanted to minimise that. It is not done out to lavish standards. You would be surprised at what an ordinary level the apartment has been done to. Comfortable, but an ordinary level of furnishing.’
There may have been some assistance? Do they think we’re morons? Also, those other young couples who need familial assistance to pay for their houses actually have jobs and STILL can’t afford housing; and they don’t have millions of dollars in inheritance (like William got from Diana—why does he need his daddy to pay for him again?). And how in the blue hell is £6 million keeping things on an ordinary level? Either they really do think we are complete morons, or they are completely deluded; or both.
Also, William is 32; Harry will be 30 in September. If any other 30 year old males (one with a wife and a baby) were still being supported by their daddy, they would be laughing stocks. Seriously.
So anyway, after spending £6 million on their Kensington Palace apartment, and living in it for less than a year, Will and Kate are going to move out and spend most of their time at Anmer Hall so that Will can be a spoiled little brat and fly air ambulances instead of doing his public duty and learning how to be a full time working royal. There has been no official announcement, but that’s what it’s looking like. So you remember when the royal spokespeople said Kensington Palace was their “one and only official residence where they will live for many, many years to come”? Yeah, that’s another instance where they either think we are morons, or they are deluded. Because, if Will takes that air ambulance job, clearly he and Kate will not be living in KP much for the next few years. Especially if they feel “trapped like caged animals in the palace”. Yes, because a £6 million, four-story, double-digit roomed PALACE with a private garden just isn’t comfortable enough. I mean, how dare the peasants be interested in and want their PUBLICLY FUNDED royals to actually do public service.
And of course, that means Will will be doing fewer public engagements, and that means so will Kate.
I have to say something. God forbid this happen, but what if Her Majesty and the Prince of Wales died tomorrow? William would be completely unprepared. He is 32, HM is 88 and POW is 65. William needs to step it up, suck it up, and learn how to be a monarch or else he will be completely unprepared for when he has to step into that role.
There has been a lot of criticism of William lately. Here is a great article that I never did post by Richard Kay—who knew Diana very well—that is great insight into William’s personality, and great shade because it calls him out for being stubborn, pig-headed, and indecisive.