Bid to 'abolish' Duchy of Cornwall

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Much of the Duchy's land is in the South West of England, where Prince Charles and his family are regular visitors // Much of the Duchy's land is in the South West of England, where Prince Charles and his family are regular visitors
Much of the Duchy's land is in the South West of England, where Prince Charles and his family are regular visitors
An anti-monarchy group is launching a campaign to "abolish" the Duchy of Cornwall in what it says is an attempt to make the royal family more accountable.
Members of the Republic group will meet residents in Cornwall - one of the heartlands of both support for and opposition to the Duchy - during a "summit" next Saturday.
Their aim is to "get rid" of the private estate, which funds the public, charitable and private activities of Charles and his family.
Much of the Duchy's land is in the South West of England, where the Prince and his family are regular visitors.
Republic chief executive Graham Smith said: "The monarchy needs to be held to account (and) open to scrutiny - abolition of the Duchy will be a step in that direction.
"We will be launching the campaign in Cornwall. We want to hear what Cornish people have to say about the future of the Duchy. But this is a national issue and we'll be campaigning on it up and down the country."
The Prince is admired across much of Cornwall, partly through his close links with the county, and his support is boosted by regular public appearances.
He is patron of the Royal Cornwall Agricultural Association, which runs the county's annual show and of which he was joint president with Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, in 2010.
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