A right royal rort

Michael Luxton writes: Re. "Royal rates: what you'll pay for Will and Kate's Aussie adventure" (yesterday). I thought the age of entitlement was over? Perhaps it is still going for inherited entitlement.

Jim Hart writes: An estimated $2 million for a 10-day royal event seems pretty meagre compared with the $50 million that Victorians pay for privilege of hosting KingBernie Ecclestone's jesters at next week's four-day Formula 1 festival. As for the RAAF support, Will and Kate just get a tarted-up Boeing 737 while Bernie's boys get daily performances by the Roulettes plus an F/A-18. (And for good measure, a "Qantas jet flyover" on Sunday -- something to tell the grandkids about.)