Cost-benefit analysis BBC: Royals 'cost the taxpayer £40m' Now I'm no accountant, but it seems to me that we Brits could kill two hen harriers with one stone if we were to get rid of this: A superfluous royal. … and use a small fraction of the money we save to buy one of these: An HMS Beagle. Q.E.D. By Richard Carter, FCD Writer and photographer Richard Carter, FCD is the founder of the Friends of Charles Darwin. He lives in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire.Website • Facebook • Twitter • Newsletter • Books View all of Richard Carter, FCD's posts.