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(Daily Mail)   Villagers brand Prince Charles a 'bully' for sending them letters invoking ancient right to mine under their homes. Wait until they hear about "prima nocte"   ( divider line
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2013-11-20 02:57:10 PM  
3 votes:
Prince Charles: "I say, does this 'ancient right to mine' does it make it 'mine, all mine'?"
2013-11-20 05:39:09 PM  
1 vote:
Boy, the Prince of Wales is going to be so pissed when he figures out that prima nocte doesn't apply to the horse barn...
2013-11-20 05:05:59 PM  
1 vote:

Doc Batarang: I don't understand how they could've retained those types of rights. In Canada, everything below a certain depth belongs to 'the Queen', but in reality this means that the government exercises total control of mineral rights and can lease them to exploitation companies. Because this happened long before our constitution was patriated, I'd have assumed that this was a feature of constitutional monarchy from the UK.

This is a case where, if read literally, it makes perfect sense except that the social and legal realities mean that it's totally absurd.

As far as I understand it, they never had the rights, the Duchy of Cornwall (The estate, not the Prince himself) have had the rights since the 14th century when the estate was created. However the labour government passed a law in 2002 stating that all mineral rights had to be registered with the land registry by the end of 2013.

It sounds like what's actually happened is that the Duchy are asking that Deeds are updated to specifically states that the deed doesn't include mineral rights. The owners of the surface land can object, but they would have to prove that the rights have been transferred to them, in other words they would probably have to be on their deed already.

Though the Daily Fail would have us believe that Charles is personally going round throwing rocks through windows and shiatting in their flowerbeds like an upper class A-team bad guy of the week forcing them to hand over their mineral rights which is the only thing that stands between them and abject poverty.

Personally, I would rather that the duchy,  which is headed by an avowed environmentalist, has the rights. I would think that is much less likely that the rights would be used.
2013-11-20 05:00:18 PM  
1 vote:
There is a solution
2013-11-20 04:12:05 PM  
1 vote:
Prima nocta? You mean that ancient right fabled in myth and legend which never actually existed?
(Plus, even in the old days, the number of virgins, even strictly technical ones, coming to the altar was pretty damn limited. A lot of creative accounting was done to make sure birth dates were marked down as exactly nine months after, or at worst, a seven and a half month pregnancy ending in the birth of an eight pound kid.)
2013-11-20 04:01:47 PM  
1 vote:

2013-11-20 03:49:35 PM  
1 vote:
I drink your milkshake.
I drink it right up!
2013-11-20 03:13:57 PM  
1 vote:
And Brits ask us Yanks why we need guns.
2013-11-20 03:10:17 PM  
1 vote:
Help! Help! I'm being oppressed!
2013-11-20 03:01:51 PM  
1 vote:

Oh sorry your royal highness. We misread the text. It's actually 'ancient right to mimes'.

I'd definitely make a couple of these mimes mime "Oh yes! Oh Yes!"
2013-11-20 03:01:22 PM  
1 vote:
Best of luck, Chuck! My family has been sh*tting down that hole in the basement for 600 years!
2013-11-20 02:56:52 PM  
1 vote:
"droit de cuissage"

Always sounded more evil to me....
2013-11-20 02:53:18 PM  
1 vote:
It's good to be the king.
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