13. Jan, 2018


Oh dear, 2016 and the Duke of York was at it again, this time over allegations that he used his contacts book to help facilitate a questionable trade deal in central Asia in the hope of earning a £4m commission to keep him afloat.
Should we be surprised? Not really. What’s a chap with expensive habits, no proper job since he left the armed forces in 2001 and limited support from the Royal Bank of Mum and Dad supposed to do if the “firm” doesn’t allow him much scope to be useful in a meaningful way? Some people have the knack of getting on with it (Princess Anne seems to stay busy and out of trouble), others lack inner resources and allegedly ram gates.

Perhaps when the time comes we should pare down the monarchy to ‘core business’, setting the royal family - and us - free