The Guardian accuses King Charles III of profiting from the dead

According to the British media, His Majesty would take advantage of a medieval rule to profit from the dead without a will and without heirs of the Duchy of Lancaster

by Lorenzo Ciotti
The Guardian accuses King Charles III of profiting from the dead
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The saying dates back to the Middle Ages: if a person dies it does not mean that he has lost his usefulness. And what does this have to do with King Charles III of the United Kingdom? His Majesty has ended up at the center of an investigation by The Guardian which accuses him of profiting from the deaths of thousands of people in the Duchy of Lancaster, in the north-west of England.

But what exactly happens? Deceased people would leave assets without a will which would be secretly used and managed by the King's real estate empire. All this would derive from an ancient custom based on a medieval rule still in force, called bona vacantia.

The Guardian embarrasses King Charles III

The assets of those who die without leaving a will or in any case without heirs are also included. King Charles III has raised millions of pounds from Lancaster in recent years: over £60 million.

This money would have been used, according to what emerges from the Guardian's investigation, for real estate renovations of buildings belonging to the King, which in some cases are rented and can generate greater income after being refurbished.

King Charles III received £26 million from Lancaster. An internal policy within the Duchy in 2020 granted officials of the King's estate the license to use bona vacantia funds across a wide range of the estate. Properties identified in other leaked documents as eligible for use of the funds include town homes, holiday rentals, rural cottages, farm buildings, a former petrol station and barns, including one used to facilitate pheasant and partridge hunting in the Yorkshire.

Confirmation would have reached the Guard from Lancaster that the King had approved the continuation of a policy of using that money for the restoration and repair of suitable buildings in order to protect and preserve them.

According to the Guardian, the admission came from some insiders who revealed that in Lancaster they considered this money similar to free money or a slush fund to be used secretly.