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The Prince of wales.

The Homo correspondent of the " Argus" writes that H.K.H. the Prince of Wales' racing accounts show a deficiency for the season of several thousands. He states that the Prince's income already fits him like a shell, and it takes Sir Dighton Probyd and Sir Francis Knollys all their time to make both ends meet at Marlborough House nnder ordinary circumstances, without having to provide a bupplementary budget, representing 7 or 8 per cent, of the Piinces whole income, to pay his racing debts and losses at cards. Even m a sraa]l matter like aloss at whist (says the "Argus ) there is a delay m paying. The Pnnee merely bows to you on rising, though of course a cheque arrives ultimately, after being signed and ■■ countersigned m a manner which leaves a painful impression of the anxious care which is devoted to the engineering of the royal finances. This is scarcely a satisfactory state of affairs for the British public. It is not very long since the British House of Parliament voted a considerable sum to pay off the, d*bts of His Royal Highness, Which had been gradually increasing ; and on that occasion he was generally supposed to have promised to be good m future. It is all very well for ithose who regard all comment on the doings of royalty with a certain holy Jiorrow to protest that the Princ6 has so : matiy expenses .to meet. Those expenses are amply provided for by a yearly grant of £40,000 (with an extra £10,000 to his wife, which she, at any rate, knows how to utilise), m addition to which he receives the revenue accruing from the Duchy of Cornwall, which averages £60,000 per annum. An annual grant of £2(5,000 was alse made m 1888 ttfjthe Prince's children. If the Prince cannot maintain his household properly upon this income, it is quite time he dropped whist and horseracing and took to ha'penny nap and skittles.



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The Prince of wales., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2554, 27 October 1890

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The Prince of wales. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2554, 27 October 1890

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