Does Mr Symonds seriously think that, if the Queen made the financial changes he recommends, the press would start to respect her privacy and that of her family? Far from it: her actions would simply serve to justify the claims of the press that those who it calls 'the minor Royals' are parasites.
The issue is not merely the economics of the monarchy; nor is it the economics of newspaper-selling, for all the talk of circulation wars. The terrible malevolence of the ratpack towards anyone who fails to conform to its hypocritical morality seems to go beyond greed for money. It is a cancer in our society that must be tackled head on.
The power of the press to destroy lives is formidable. Who is brave enough to tackle it?