Legal no-mans-land of Prince Charles Saxe-Gotha of Cornwall

Tony Gosling tony at
Sun Jun 16 14:52:07 BST 2013

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Revealed: Prince Charles's secret property deals 
- including £38 million industrial carbuncle

Exclusive: Duchy estate bought Milton Keynes 
supermarket depot despite his famously forthright 
views on preserving traditional architecture and countryside
Cahal Milmo   -  Friday 14 June 2013
Prince Charles, renowned for his aversion to 
“monstrous carbuncle” buildings, has spent £38m 
on an industrial depot in Milton Keynes as part 
of a £102m series of confidential property deals, 
The Independent can reveal. The purchase of the 
vast supermarket warehouse through his estate – 
one of the single largest  acquisitions by the 
Duchy of Cornwall in its 670-year history – 
was  completed 18 months ago but has been kept from being made public.
A recent judicial ruling declared the Duchy to be 
a “public body” potentially liable to freedom of information rules.
But Clarence House has repeatedly refused to 
disclose any details of the expensive acquisition 
due to what the Prince’s officials said was the Duchy’s “private” status.
The Prince bought the sprawling grey warehouse 
complex in Milton Keynes from an Anglo-Indian 
property fund, The Independent has established. 
His tenants are Waitrose, who are using the depot 
as a lorry distribution hub. The deal offers a 
glimpse into the hard-nosed business ethos of the 
Duchy, established in the 14th century to provide 
an income for the Prince of Wales and his heirs, 
as well as the multiple layers of confidentiality 
and opaque procedure that govern the Prince’s commercial dealings.
Under an arrangement which is now being 
scrutinised by MPs, the Duchy is exempt from 
capital gains and corporation tax, saving it 
millions of pounds a year. Charles voluntarily pays income tax.
An investigation by The Independent has revealed 
that the Duchy, which is one of Britain’s largest 
private estates and owns more than 50,000 
hectares of land, conducted property transactions 
worth at least £102m between 2009 and last December.
Any sale or purchase by the Prince worth more 
than £500,000 must be approved by the Treasury.
The Duchy’s holdings of land and property form 
the bulk of its assets, worth £693m, and stretch 
across 23 counties, including most of the Scilly 
Isles, Dartmoor Prison, the Oval cricket ground 
in central London, a Holiday Inn in Reading and 
the Prince’s private homes such as Highgrove. To 
this extensive list has now been added property 
title BM191066, otherwise known as the Waitrose 
distribution centre in Brinklow, Milton Keynes, 
whose new owners are listed by the Land Registry 
as “His Royal Highness Charles Philip Arthur 
George, Prince of Wales, Duke of Cornwall and 
Rothesay, Earl of Chester and Carrick, Baron of 
Renfrew, Lord of the Isles and Great Steward of 
Scotland”, and the Duchy. The sale price was £38,385,500.
Like all other significant Duchy transactions, 
the deal in November 2011 with Indian property 
fund Meghraj Properties had to be approved by the 
Lord Commissioners of the Treasury, an ancient post held by Government whips.
The depot, built in 1993 to withstand 20 million 
lorry journeys over its lifetime, sits awkwardly 
with the heir to the throne’s well-publicised 
love of traditional architecture along with his 
emphasis on rural life and environmental sustainability.
The purchase of the 396,000 sq ft warehouse is 
not the first link between Charles and the John 
Lewis Partnership supermarket. A previous deal 
between the Duchy and Waitrose in 2009 saw it 
take over the once-troubled Duchy Originals 
organic food brand, which now generates more than 
£1m a year for the prince’s 'charities'.
When The Independent yesterday approached 
Clarence House with evidence of the warehouse 
purchase, it insisted there was no connection 
with the Duchy Originals tie-up, adding it was a 
“coincidence” that Waitrose was the tenant of the industrial complex.
The revelations come at an uncomfortable time for 
the Duchy, which is facing a private members’ 
bill in the House of Lords demanding that its 
structure be radically overhauled and its surplus 
income – £18.3m last year – be distributed to 
Cornwall rather than to the heir to throne. The 
bill’s sponsor, Labour peer Lord Berkeley, says 
the Duchy is a “feudal anachronism”.
The day-to-day management of the Duchy, including 
investment decisions on commercial property such 
as the Waitrose warehouse purchase, is carried 
out by a professional managerial team. But it is 
widely known that Prince Charles takes a close 
personal interest in the running of the estate. 
In many ways, the estate, which transfers its 
handsome surplus every year to the heir to the 
throne to form the bulk of his income, is a 
paragon of success. Despite the global downturn, 
the Prince has defied the prevailing economic 
winds to grow the Duchy’s income every year since 
at least 2008 – to £26.5m last year. His estate’s 
total value has risen by 15 per cent to £764m.
Charles voluntarily pays income tax on the income 
he receives from the Duchy (last year he paid 
£4.5m to the tax man from incoming funds of 
£18.3m). He uses the money to fund himself and 
the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of 
Cambridge, Prince Harry, a sizeable staff and his charitable activities.
But while the Duchy has been slickly managed, a 
growing number of critics say it has existed for 
too long in a constitutional no-man’s land where 
it discharges the duties of a public body, for 
example running the harbour authority on the 
Scilly Isles, and is subject to the financial 
scrutiny of Government whips, yet maintains it is 
a “private estate”. One benefit of this hybrid 
status is that the hereditary holding is exempt 
from both corporation and capital gains tax. The 
situation, which Clarence House insists is valid 
because the Duchy is “not a separate legal entity 
for tax purposes”, has led the powerful Commons 
public accounts committee, which is also 
investigating the tax affairs of Google and 
Starbucks, to demand answers from Treasury 
ministers as to whether the Prince’s exemptions are justified.
The Duchy is also fighting a separate attempt to 
force it to be more open about its workings. The 
Prince’s officials lost an important case before 
the Information Rights Tribunal, which after a 
three-year legal battle ruled that his estate was 
a “public authority” in performing its “primary 
function” to provide an income for the heir to the throne.
The landmark ruling could make the estate subject 
to the Freedom of Information Act. The Duchy is 
appealing. A spokeswoman said: “We do not agree 
that the Duchy performs functions of public 
administration. Hence we are appealing the ruling.”
Lord Berkeley, who lives in Cornwall, said there 
was a “conspiracy of silence” surrounding the 
status of the Duchy and it was time for a debate 
about its future: “The Duchy is a complete 
anachronism. It is feudal and I suspect many of 
those who work for it would say so if they felt 
able. It vacillates between being a private and a 
semi-public organisation according to its best 
advantage and yet there is no debate about how it 
should be best managed. It would seem to me that 
the Duchy would be a far better situation if it 
was turned into a public trust for the benefit of 
the people after which it is named.”
In a statement, a Duchy of Cornwall spokeswoman 
said: “The Duchy of Cornwall is a private estate, 
not a public body and is not funded by the 
taxpayer. The Prince of Wales chooses to use his 
private money from the estate to pay for his 
public duties, as well as those of the Duchess of 
Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.
“He also chooses to pay income tax on the income 
generated by The Duchy. The Duke of Cornwall 
manages the estate for present and future Dukes, 
and for the wider benefit of tenants, communities and the environment.”

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