I rarely post on forums but I feel I have to weigh in here as it seems like this is a very one-sided discussion. I for one am against the monarchy. I don’t believe they bring anything to the UK (tourist attraction - really??!! perhaps distraction might be a better word). The French friends that I have on the whole see them with contempt, as I do.
The idea that the government still gives money (our taxes) to the Royals, while they take their own money (Duchy of Lancaster) and put it offshore in order to avoid paying British taxes makes my stomach turn. You can say that it is all down to the accountants, but at the end of the day, its the monarchy that must be held accountable.
And its the same with all those people that are profiting from avoiding paying taxes. Say what you want, but at the end of the day it is unethical. Anyone arrogant enough to think that they should be allowed to choose not to pay taxes should be shunned. “Oh - but look how much they do for charity” - rubbish!!! Why should only the ultra-rich be able to choose how they’re taxable income should be distributed?) If you are British but do not pay your required share of British taxes, then you should not have the right to a say in British affairs. They’re right to vote should be removed.
Of course, what is happening now is not illegal, but so clearly selfish and unethical, that it needs to end. But will it? No. The rich will keep getting richer, the poor will keep getting poorer… and everyone will continue to be distracted by an irrelevant monarchy.