The Duke of Edinburgh, who once expressed his wish to come back as a virulent disease and decimate humanity, has again revealed his contempt for the lower classes in Britain. During a visit to a Dagenham, east London community center the longest-serving consort of a reigning British monarch asked a group of women “who do you sponge off?” An aide feebly attempted to backtrack, saying there was “context” to the remark. He said the insult was in regard to sponge cake.  The royals are usually circumspect and do not openly display their contempt for the commoners, but Philip, now 94, as of late has let it all hang out.  The elderly Duke continued his efforts to communicate with the locals by asking: “Do you meet to have a gossip?”, and then asked one professional fundraiser: “Do you have any friends left?”  Less than a week ago he told a lowly photographer “just take the f—— picture” during a photo session for the Battle of Britain anniversary.   Last year he quipped “at least you are all legitimate” to staff at a family planning centre and the year before he made the headlines for joking about a toddler being knocked off an inflatable toy.  The Duke was on a visit to St Michael’s Care Complex in the market town of Aylsham, when he spotted a little girl sitting on an inflatable ball. “Do you get bonus points if you knock her off?” he asked. 
The royals have shown their true colors numerous times.  Philip may want to look into his own sponging before berating the commoners. The Windsors grab $300 million a year (£180 million) out of the British public coffer. Queen Elizabeth II is the owner of around 6,600 million acres of land, one sixth of the earth’s non ocean surface, making her the largest landowner on the planet.  The value of this mammoth estate is estimated to be approximately £17,600,000,000,000 or $33,000,000,000,000.  She is said to be personally worth half a billion dollars. The wealth comes from “property holdings including Balmoral Castle in the Scottish Highlands, stud farms, a fruit farm and marine land throughout the U.K.; extensive art and fine jewelry; and one of the world’s largest stamp collections built by her grandfather,” notes Forbes.  Not included are those assets belonging to the Crown Estate, which she gets to enjoy as Queen, such as $10 billion worth of real estate, Buckingham Palace (estimated to be worth another $5 billion), the Royal Art collection, and unmarked swans on stretches of the Thames. The Crown has claimed ownership of these birds since the 12th century when swan meat was considered a delicacy; they are no longer eaten. The Queen also receives an annual government stipend of $12.9 million.