The Crown Estate, which manages the properties of King Charles III, is suing US tech company Twitter, owned by tycoon Elon Musk, over alleged non-payment of rent for its London headquarters, according to the BBC.
The alleged debt stems from the social network’s offices on Air Street in the British capital, near the central Piccadilly Circus, the BBC said on Wednesday, January 25, 2023.
Having previously contacted Twitter about the claim, the corporation has now brought the case to the High Court in London.
The huge wealth of the British crown
The royal family owns one of the largest portfolios of land and property in the UK, valued at around 15.6 billion pounds (17.68 billion or 19.22 billion dollars), the profits from which are managed by the UK Treasury.
The UK monarch, the formal owner of the assets, receives 25 percent of the profits annually to cover his official expenses, an amount that in 2022 was 86.3 million pounds (97.8 million euros or over 106 million dollars).
King Charles III also controls the Manor of Lancaster, which covers more than 18,000 hectares of land in England and Wales, including offices and commercial buildings in London, and which generated huge profits in the last financial year.
In addition to other personal wealth and property, Queen Elizabeth II, who died in September 2022 aged 96, owned the estates of Sandringham in England and Balmoral in Scotland.
For 2nd Time, Eggs Thrown At British Monarch, King Charles III, While On Royal Outing
King Charles III kept cool during a walkabout in Luton, England on Tuesday, November 6, 2022, when an egg was allegedly thrown in his direction.
King Charles, 74, was greeting well-wishers gathered outside Luton Town Hall when an egg flew towards where he stood, the Associated Press reported. According to the outlet, protection officers redirected the royal to another point, where he continued shaking hands with the people who came out to see him.
Bedfordshire Police said that a man in his 20s was detained and taken into custody, the BBC reported.
King Charles seemed to be in good spirits during the rest of the royal stop, which included a visit to the Guru Nanak Gurdwara Sikh community center and a ride on the new cable-drawn mass transit system at Luton DART Parkway Station. However, the day’s initial hiccup marks the second of its kind in recent weeks.
In early November, the King and Queen Camilla were on a walkabout in York when someone in the crowd threw eggs in their direction, the projectiles landing just inches away. King Charles and Queen Camilla, 75, were out at Micklegate Bar, a historic gateway in the northern English city where the monarch traditionally enters, when the food was thrown.
A protester — who reportedly called out, “This country was built on the blood of slaves” — was detained by four police officers, according to the Northern Echo.
WATCH: Here is the moment eggs were thrown at King Charles by a protestor in York as he and the Queen Consort arrived in the city this morning.
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King Charles was seen on video looking down as one egg whizzed past his face and splattered on the ground. Queen Camilla turned toward the direction of the egg thrower and briefly looked concerned. The monarch continued with the conversation he was having before he and his wife turned and walked on, continuing their walkabout.
The King’s personal protection officers formed a close shield behind him, and the masses reacted with cries of “God save the King” and “hip, hip hooray.”