King Charles secretly profits off assets of dead Brits: report

King Charles secretly profits off assets of dead Brits: report

King Charles III has been accused of using ancient feudal laws to nab tens of millions of dollars intended for charity from the deaths of thousands of Brits to upgrade his real estate empire, according to a bombshell report from the Guardian this week.

The king has reportedly been claiming and profiting for years off assets known as “bona vacantia,” which are owned by people who died without a will or known next of kin, in order to upgrade commercial properties for rent, the outlet reported.

In the past 10 years, the monarch has reportedly collected more than $75 million in the funds — despite pledges to donate all proceeds to charity.

However, documents obtained by the Guardian from The Duchy of Lancaster, Charles’ extensive land and property estate he inherited from the late Elizabeth II, reveal that the money is secretly being used to renovate the properties that he rents out for profit.

Under the medieval practice of “bona vacantia,” or “vacant goods,” the king’s duchy inherits funds from those whose last known address belonged to Lancashire county palatine and ruled for centuries by a duke, according to the Guardian.

The duchy also obtains assets owned by companies when they fold.

The Duchy of Cornwall, which has been passed on to Prince William since Charles’ ascension, also operates under the system.

King Charles III has been accused of using ancient feudal laws to nab tens of millions of dollars intended for charity to upgrade his real estate empire, according to a bombshell report this week.
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The two duchies operate as real estate empires, controlling tracks of farmland, hotels, castles, offices, warehouses, businesses and some of London’s elite real estate, the Guardian reported.

Neither duchy pays corporation tax or capital gains tax, despite generating more than $1.6 billion over the last six decades.

While the money is intended to go to charities, only 15% of the monies have been directed there over the past 10 years, according to documents reviewed by the outlet.

The rule was expanded in May 2020, sources told the Guardian, when the SA9 policy was introduced and outlined what “bona vacantia” money could be used for — including for the “public good” to repair and protect duchy properties deemed a “heritage asset” or buildings of  “local historical importance.”

The king has reportedly been claiming and profiting for years off assets known as “bona vacantia,” which are owned by people who died without a will or known next of kin, in order to upgrade commercial properties for rent.
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The Guardian found that the duchy was permitted to burn its “bona vacantia” earnings on roughly half of its property portfolio on certain repairs like renovating walls, foundations, floors and chimneys as well as electrical and insulation work.

Among the properties getting spruced up are town homes, holiday rentals, country cottages and barns, including one used for pheasant and partridge shoots.

“The king reaffirmed that money from bona vacantia should not benefit the privy purse, but should be used primarily to support local communities, protect the sustainability and biodiversity of the land and preserve public and historic properties across the Duchy of Lancaster estates,” a spokesperson told outlet.

“This includes the restoration and repair of qualifying buildings in order to protect and preserve them for future generations.”

In the past 10 years, the monarch has reportedly collected more than $75 million in the funds — despite pledges to donate all proceeds to charity.
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Charles has reaped the benefits of this ancient practice, with his rental properties becoming more profitable, garnering tens of millions in duchy profits each year — revenue Buckingham Palace has declared “private.”

The Guardian found dozens of examples of Brits whose money was gobbled up by King Charles under the archaic law. Many of their friends found the action “disgusting,” with one saying their deceased pal “would turn in his grave if he knew.”

The royals declined to comment to the outlet regarding the report.

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