Prince Charles has been accused of a “medieval land grab” after claiming the right to mine under homes in a coastal town.
Hundreds of residents have been sent letters saying the heir to the throne can dig for minerals beneath them in his Duchy of Cornwall.
And they fear they will not be able to stop Charles – an environmental campaigner – from mining under their properties in an area famous for tin.
Land registry documents sent to dozens of homes in St Austell, Cornwall say: “We have received an application for registration of mines and minerals including powers of working and getting any such minerals. The mines and minerals lie under your registered title.”
The letter lists the applicant as “ His Royal Highness Charles Philip Arthur George Duke of Cornwall ”. The duchy – founded in 1337 and traditionally held by the heir to the throne – includes the right to income from thousands of acres.
Paul and Joan Marrett, 67, were among residents sent the letter.http://i4.mirror.co.uk/in...hy-of-Cornwall-letter.jpg