given their financial worth, i'd say thats pretty poor. raised the profile, yes...but min donation is poor
just a tad !
I would have though the princes have lots of very wealthy friends and family from whom they could have collected quite a bit more. People to whom £50 is just like a donation of a fiver to you and me. I wonder if they went round with their sponsorship forms? The princes certainly raised the profile of the event but I'm not sure it was in a positive way.
no win situation for them really, if they had chipped in with 50k each, they would have detracted from the 'normal people' involved,and still been slaged off, in a strange way , I think they did the right thing, imo
I would suggest that this is sour grapes bordering on greed on the part of the charity.They (the Princes) did what they needed to and undoubtedly used their influence to raise the profile of the event.Does the Queen or the PM donate to every "do" she/he goes to - unlikely.If the min of £1500 wasn't enough then make the minimum £3500.These events are touted as holidays of a lifetime with the added bonus of raising money, not the other way around (granted I don't know the specifics of this event)Fairly typical British reaction as far as I can see ("Thanks for your money, have you got any more?")
I did the Macmillan 4x4 Challenge the past 2 years. One of the guys who has done it since the first year always has a celebrity passenger, he has had Charlie Dimmock and others and has Julia Bradbury this year.
He has always maintained that they are not required to raise the money, yet are part and parcel of raising the profile of the event, hopefully allowing others to raise more money on the back of it. The guests have commitments (Contractual in most cases) where they cannot support another over theirs.
I can see exactly why they only raised the minimum allowance bearing in mind what else they do.
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Does the Queen or the PM donate to every "do" she/he goes to - unlikely.
Going to and participating in are two different things. The princes were actively participating in this event.I think it is a bit poor to only raise the minimum, especially if the other entrants average is more than double. I very much doubt it was the holiday of a lifetime to the princes. They should be setting an example - doing the minimum required is a bad (but all too common) example to set...Yes, I am a grumpy bastard.
I always imagine with these sort of things, that the 'celebrities' are invited along to raise the profile, rather than for the money they provide. The press coverage must be priceless to them.
I really didn't expect anything else from the pairYou often find the richest most priviledged people are the tightest and meanest, so no surprises.
Did all of their entourage also raise £1500 each - in which case you could argue that the Prince's being there increased the donations!
It was an excuse for a jolly, reallyThe cost of the escort exceeded any donations they made. A joke really, but hey, if you're rich & priviledged you can do what you want and fuck the rest. So no change there.
Not that you're bitter and twisted about it all eh?
Personally, I don't care about them or what they do. I'm not bothered.I'm not a fan, I admit, but care neither way. To me it was obvious they were on an accompanied jolly, the charity bit was an excuse.
So. let me get this right?Did the charity benefit at all?If so well and good, if not poor show.Why does everyone always want more than their share??????
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Val, you're just too damn sensible! We want inflammatory content, we want rude words, we want to hear you say disrespectful things about the royal family. Go on, just this once.......please
What difference does it make how much they raised? We've been pumping millions into the shit hole since Bob Geldoff & the rest of the multi - millionaires told us to 'dig deep,' & what difference has it made?Fuck all, there still won't be snow in Africa this Christmas time.
No snow, NO SNOW, fuck it Im not going then
what a couple of nob heads, they spend that much on 1 bottle bubbly
whatever happened to charity begins at home?im sure theres plenty more worth while causes in this country to attend too
I think the main benefactors of the event was a charity which Harry set up and is patron of, which obviously dictates that he gives alot in time and effort as well as financial donations. I feel a bit for them really, yes they are priveledged, they are fucking royalty for christs sake, but they also do try to have some sort of normality in their lives and when they make a mistake, which we all do from time to time, they are then slated publicly for it. If they sat in their "Ivory Towers" living of the civil list and doing fuck all else they would still get it from the press.
This is an adventure ride with a Charity bit to give it some credibility and a bit of a feel-good factor. It costs £5000 to enter, and £1500 of that goes to charity, unless you raise more. Basically you pay £5000 and you get to do the ride. End of really.BTW, I'm not knocking it, I would love to do it myself.