Thank heavens you said all that. I thought you were going to call them lazy for a moment....."I'm not driven by money and neither are the Royals"...I have to take you at your word but suggesting the royals are not either is delusion to Olympic standards.
They frequently have their hands out for more, frequently receive valuable gifts (check out the provenance of the queens stables) and if there is ever a suggestion of reducing the hand outs they receive, the bleating is outrageously loud.
No disprespect meant to the queen but it's time this "institution" was very firmly parked up and told they have to pay their own way.
This glosses over the revolution and aftermath completely. Read any of the numerous sources on the Nobel family history, or of Royal Dutch Shell and Standard Oil. In early 1920 the Soviets took Nobel's company, Branobel, into state ownership and he was expelled. The Soviets also then took all his personal assets, and those of the company. A few months later Nobel negotiated the sale of his interests in the company to Standard Oil, ESSO. This was an interesting move since according to the Soviets he no longer owned anything and so his interest in the company was essentially worthless. In reality this became the basis of the later involvement of Standard Oil in restoring the industry after the disastrous consequences of the state takeover following the revolution. Standard Oil effectively took over on condition that their interest was recognised. It was Standard oil and Royal Dutch Shell who provided the expertise to get the industry back on its feet in the lead up to the second world war, just as both companies, together with Branobel, had built it up in the first place.
Completely the opposite..... and you appear to have little appetite for factual history anyway.
To put things in perspective. At his termination of Public Duties Prince Philip received £395,000 each year.The D of E's flunkies applied for an increase in his allowance for performing his public duties ................... the year after he resigned from them.
You know who he is now, well done for reading up on him.Yes all that grouse shooting must have really taken it out of him.
Allow me to show you the description at the top of this off topic forum:I remember, back in the day, when this forum was about woodworking and associated stuff.
Pretty sure the bbc are overloaded with sycophants covering this just now