The Power Behind the Throne
Press TV (2015)
This 2015 Press TV documentary questions whether the power accorded the British monarchy is consistent with democracy. It argues the extreme wealth* of the current royal family (and their clear efforts to protect that wealth) translates into significant state power, especially as the UK has no written constitution to limit their power and privileges.
It goes on to detail a number of royal privileges and activities that directly clash with the democratic rights of British citizens.
It starts with the economic privileges Prince Charles enjoys as the personal owner of the Duchy of Cornwall:**
- Charles is the automatic heir of anyone who dies in Cornwall without a will. Thus far, he has inherited £3.3 million in this way, which he uses to fund personal projects, including a fund to pay private school bursaries. He rejects local requests to keep these…
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