They spent money on maintenance, not upgrades. Now it's time, at long last, to do the upgrades. When the Queen Mother died, Clarence house hadn't had any significant work done on it since the late 40s. They spent a lot of money getting it refurbished for Charles to move in.
If the upgrades had been done in 2008, when the financial crisis hit, don't you think people would have blown up even more? If the queen has been the decision maker here, which I doubt, they I can see her saying "let's not be seen to be spending large sums yet."
Ditto the Lamebridges moving in to Princess Margaret's old home. Work hadn't been done on the place since she moved in in the early 60s.
Since the money comes from the Crown Estate, not taxes, and the palace belongs to the Crown, not the queen, I don't see a problem. I still don't know what the government does with *their* share of the profits.
1. The Parliament Select Committee report in 2014 reviewed financial mismananagement and were specific about the neglect of the buildings. The report specifically says no maintenance OR repairs was ever carried out nor did anyone in the household care. They worked out that 39% of all the buildings are beliw the standard set by the national trust.
The Sovereigh grant was set at a higher % than the average sums handed out gor the civil list partly on condition yhat the household put together a programme of maintenance and repair. The money for this new programme was to come from the increased funding.
We saw the blantant mismanagement and diversion of funds with how WK's multi-million refurbishment was funded from money that had been earnarked for Buckingham Palace.
2. The state of Margaret's apartment being in such disrepair that it needed more than ?6M is a myth.
Firstly, Historic Royal Palaces refurbished it as part of their planned exhibition space.
They held a couple of exhibitions in it and we have pictures/videos of the state apartment was in during the exhibitionhttps://m.youtube.com/watch?v=htSvZDvIf5I
Margaret genuinely needed to spend money to make the space habitable, then Historic Royal Palaces brought it upto code and WK not so much.
How Margaret found ithttps://lh5.ggpht.com/-C7...age328%25255B1%25255D.png
Royal historic Palaceshttps://lh3.ggpht.com/-MI...age193%25255B1%25255D.png
During the exhibitionhttps://lh5.ggpht.com/-Tr...image%25255B69%25255D.png
WK toured it during Historic Royal Palaces tenure
The drawing room
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The dining room
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Historic Royal Palaces https://lh3.ggpht.com/-Um...image%25255B32%25255D.pnghttps://lh4.ggpht.com/-ij...image%25255B71%25255D.png
What has been forgotten is that Margaret's wasn't on the list of available KP apartments that were shown to WK due to Historic Royal Palaces having occupied and leased Margaret's apartment and adapted it for their own use.
They specifically asked for Margaret's apartment despite it being unavailable and decided that was the apartment for them.
The Queen had to buy out the lease from Historic Royal Palaces and reinbursed them the cost of the refurbishment.
WK then refurbished again. They took out walls and that's what disturbed the asbestos which necessitated a more extensive refurbishment. Not forgetting that the entire decorating had yo be done twice because Kate apparently chose the wrong colours (purple) and interior decorator.
Finally, when KP needed a major refurbishment, Historic Royal Palaces raised the £12M from a combination of private donors and charity donations and undertook a 4yr programme of refurbishment that was finally revealed in 2012.
Meanwhile part of the Queen's stipend from the govt FOR 60 YEARS has been spent on goodness knows what because the govt found no programme of repairs or maintenance.