Benefit claimant Prince George takes £18,000 a year from the taxpayer – just for his education

Thomas’s Battersea is considered a feeder school for public schools like Eton, Westminster and Marlborough [Image: BBC].

Days after we learned that his parents are expecting their third child – one more than other benefit claimants are allowed – Prince George, son of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, has gone to school for the first time.

His education at Thomas’s Battersea will cost us – you and me – £18,000 a year.

That’s nearly 17 times the amount of child benefit available for an older child.

And, of course, nobody is allowed child benefit for a third child unless they can satisfy the so-called ‘rape clause’ in the benefit regulations. The Royals get out of this because they are provided a separate benefit by virtue of being on the Civil List.

This Writer is not a republican; I think the Royals are a valuable part of the UK’s character and good for the economy.

But it isn’t right that they are immune to the ravages of austerity. Why should they have access to apparently-unlimited supplies of money while the rest of us suffer?

What about the future? Thomas’s Battersea is a feeder school for places like Eton, which are more expensive.

And will Prince George have any university education paid for him by the rest of us? Of course he will.

Of course, the British public is having its say:

You get the idea.

In fairness, there are plenty of supportive comments as well.

But do the people making those comments have to struggle to pay the bills every week?

Prince George has started his first day at school.

The four-year-old is attending Thomas’s Battersea, an £18,000-a-year preparatory school in London.

Source: Prince George starts first day of school – BBC News

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  1. NMac September 7, 2017 at 11:04 am - Reply

    The Windsors – the country’s biggest benefit scroungers.

    • Steve Lather September 7, 2017 at 10:19 pm - Reply

      How exactly do u figure that?

  2. Roland Laycock September 7, 2017 at 3:14 pm - Reply

    Just another parasite to pay for as the working class sinks in poverty

  3. Ann Ford September 7, 2017 at 5:06 pm - Reply

    Prince George should be attending main stream school and not costing us, the taxpayer, more than is necessary.

    • Steve Lather September 7, 2017 at 10:20 pm - Reply

      And who is it actually pays his school fees?

  4. Pat Sheehan September 7, 2017 at 9:13 pm - Reply

    I disagree with you there Mike. Nobody needs a ‘royal family’! What the hell is a ‘royal family’ anyway! it is a very sad state of affairs when you need a ‘royal family’ to boost the economy. Notwithstanding that viewpoint, thank you very much for all that you do. I appreciate what you do very much.

    • Mike Sivier September 8, 2017 at 12:55 am - Reply

      Oh, hey, I didn’t say anybody needed them, did I? I just think they happen to be good for the economy.

  5. Pat Sheehan September 9, 2017 at 9:15 pm - Reply

    Steady on Mike! No you didn’t say that and I wasn’t actually inferring that you did. I just disagreed with what you said. And then I said what I said. Have a nice day!

    • Mike Sivier September 10, 2017 at 12:57 pm - Reply

      Oh, did I misunderstand? You wrote: “I disagree with you there Mike. Nobody needs a ‘royal family’!” so I took it to mean that you thought I was saying we did need them. I wasn’t.
      All sorted. No worries.

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