I cannot remember whether Charles is head of the Masons or not. It suits oldies to divert us into imaginary plots and conspiracies within secret societies. These side-dramas divert us and the media from truths. Charles for all we care could be Chief Wizard of the Klu Klux Klan or leader of the British National Party. He heads about 20 [1] charities each of which add another few hundred sycophantic admirers.

Where Charles and fellow landed aristocrats really stink lies in the bog of taxation.

Until satellites began to photograph and survey our landscape the aristos could pretend they neither knew how many acres they held nor where they were. Their chief activity, for hundreds of years, was to acquire more land cheaply.

Then years or generations later, sell little pieces of it, dear.Prince Chas (Sunday Times 1 September 1992) sells a few acres for a cool £ 5million to fund his sons' allowances, without recourse to the taxpayer. Cool if we all had dads who could sell off 10 acres, i.e. about 0.1% of his inherited farmland. Wills and Hal will trouser £ 5million and doubtless invest it as recommended by dad and Uncle Gerald, Duke of Westminster.

'Buy farms and land', they advise.
As Mark Twain said: 'They don't make it any more.'

So of course Wills and Hal buy a couple of nearby redundant farms. Then one day they too can sell a few acres for building development to help their sons be financially independent.

(See STATE PLANNING) Change of use should attract a fair play community levy in return for the community decision to allow building on the land of Prince Chas, rather than his neighbours.

Read the original article below. Wish we all had dads who owned even a few duck ponds. Location grabbing of good land has been a favourite pastime for the privileged for centuries.
To know which Dukes own the most duck ponds in Britain read "Who Owns Britain" by Kevin Cahill to get the full picture. Then look at who heads up the big keep-Britain-the-same-forever foundations and charities like English Heritage and CPRE (Campaign to Protect Rural England) at 128 Southwark Street, SE1.
Sunday Times 01.09.02 Nicholas, H., Charles's Village To Fund Princes

The Prince of Wales is to raise £ 5m from property development at Poundbury, his model village in Dorset, to help to fund allowances for Princes William and Harry.

The profits will be invested to generate an annual six-figure allowances for the princes, enabling them to be independent from St James's Palace without recourse to the taxpayer.

Future income from Poundbury is expected to keep pace with the princes' growing demands and will fund their passion for polo and travel.

This weekend William was flying on holiday to North Africa. Harry is expected to visit his mother's grave at Althorp.

The princes will not receive payments from the civil list once they take on official duties and eventually set up their own households. Charles is making provision for them through the Duchy of Cornwall, which owns Poundbury.

Next month it will announce a deal with Wesbury Homes to build 300 new homes, doubling the size of the village by 2006. The duchy expects to raise £ 5m from the sale of land at £ 500,000 per acre and a percentage of the sale of the houses, prices at between £ 80,000 and £ 400,000.

William and Harry also receive income from a £ 12.9m trust from Diana, Princess of Wales. They will inherit the capital when they are 30. They may receive income as well from copyright fees for the use of images of their mother.

Yesterday a gathering of about 100 people attended a commemorative service for Diana held outside the gates of Kensington Palace on the fifth anniversary of her death.

The service was led by Father Frank Gelli, who knew her when he served as curate at the nearby church of St Mary Abbotts, Kensington. He was cheered when he said: "I hope our presence sends out a message to those who would like to have Princes Diana forgotten."

A message from Paul Burrell, her former butler, who is accused of stealing items from Kensington Palace, said: "From your rock and always will be your rock, Paul Burrell."

Members of the Spencer family gathered close to the princess's grave at Althorp, the family estate, in a private act of commemoration.

Additional reporting:

Christopher Morgan.