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The Independent Online

Prince Charles's staff are known to have interesting duties: applying Aquafresh to the royal toothbrush, flogging expensive gifts from dignitaries. One poor soul even had to hold a receptacle so His Royal Highness could relieve himself. Now the revelation that the number of the Prince's full-time employees has grown from 91 to 112 boggles the mind about what bizarre new jobs have been created. The Prince obviously distrusts the theory that troubled institutions should slim down rather than bulk up. And institutions don't come much more troubled than the Royal Family. Still, considering the problems their staff tend to cause after they've left, perhaps the desire to keep them on the payroll is understandable.

Prince Charles's staff are known to have interesting duties: applying Aquafresh to the royal toothbrush, flogging expensive gifts from dignitaries. One poor soul even had to hold a receptacle so His Royal Highness could relieve himself. Now the revelation that the number of the Prince's full-time employees has grown from 91 to 112 boggles the mind about what bizarre new jobs have been created. The Prince obviously distrusts the theory that troubled institutions should slim down rather than bulk up. And institutions don't come much more troubled than the Royal Family. Still, considering the problems their staff tend to cause after they've left, perhaps the desire to keep them on the payroll is understandable.

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