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Prince William eyes up Charles’ £1billion Duchy of Cornwall estate

My picture shows the first photograph of William on a private visit to Poundbury, Prince Charles’s model village

Prince Charles and the younger royals are already taking on more of the Queen’s duties under ‘Operation Handover’.

Now the Duke of Cambridge is preparing in earnest to take over the Duchy of Cornwall from his father.

My picture shows the first photograph of William on a private visit to Poundbury, Prince Charles’s model village.

The Dorset site is used to welcoming the heir to the throne and this week’s visit from the second in line is unusual — and significant.

‘It was clearly quite a low-level visit,’ says a local. ‘He was looking round at the buildings and admiring the Buttermarket.’

Prince William will inherit the Duchy of Cornwall — the £1 billion portfolio of land and property — when his father becomes King.

Last November he received two officials from the Duchy of Cornwall at Kensington Palace. Wills had a private audience with Alastair Martin, secretary of the Duchy, and Keith Willis, the finance director.

He first attended a meeting of the Prince’s Council , which oversees the management of the Duchy, in 2011. In 2016, he visited Duchy projects in Cornwall and the Scillies with the Duchess of Cambridge.

Last year it was claimed that Charles lobbied to alter climate change policy after his private estate secretly invested £86,000 in an offshore carbon credits firm run by a friend

Last year it was claimed that Charles lobbied to alter climate change policy after his private estate secretly invested £86,000 in an offshore carbon credits firm run by a friend

The Duchy owns 133,658 acres of land in more than 23 counties, including farming and residential and commercial properties, as well as an investment portfolio. In the last financial year, it generated an income for Charles of £20.5 million.

Last year it was claimed that Charles lobbied to alter climate change policy after his private estate secretly invested £86,000 in an offshore carbon credits firm run by a friend. 

Charles made a series of speeches on the rules surrounding carbon credits following the Duchy’s purchase of shares in Sustainable Forestry Management. The estate almost tripled the value of its investments over the course of a year.

Although officials say Charles had no direct involvement in investments made by the Duchy, he was criticised for what appeared to be a conflict of interest.

Bond girl Valerie Leon had to take whipping lessons for her role as a leather-clad dominatrix opposite Peter Sellers in Revenge Of The Pink Panther. 

Bond girl Valerie Leon had to take whipping lessons for her role as a leather-clad dominatrix opposite Peter Sellers in Revenge Of The Pink Panther

Bond girl Valerie Leon had to take whipping lessons for her role as a leather-clad dominatrix opposite Peter Sellers in Revenge Of The Pink Panther

‘I had to whip Clouseau so the film company sent a whip expert round to my house beforehand to give me a few lessons,’ says the 74-year-old. ‘I was practising away in my back garden when I suddenly looked up, and to my horror realised that half the neighbours were watching me from their upstairs windows.’

Former Strictly Come Dancing head judge Len Goodman has gone on a health drive.

‘I’ve cut out red meat because it’s bad for you. I try not to eat chips but I do like them every now and again.

‘A little bit of what you fancy is OK,’ the 73-year-old assures me at the All Or Nothing gala night at the Ambassadors Theatre in the West End.

‘When you’re past 70, it’s lovely, really,’ adds Len, who is married to former dancer Sue Barrett, 52. ‘Obviously you’re not quite as frisky as you once were, but that’s OK. And watching your family grow up is lovely.’



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