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Unfit for a king? Retired Belgian royal struggling on $1.2 million
Unfit for a king? Retired Belgian royal struggling on $1.2 million

With four lavish homes and a fuel-guzzling yacht to maintain, retired Belgian King Albert II is reportedly finding it difficult to get by on his royal pension of $1.2 million a year. Granted, he took a big pay cut when he abdicated in July, passing along the $15 million-plus stipend for the ruling monarch to his son and successor, Philippe. But times are tough in the kingdom, and Albert's back-channel approaches to the government for a bigger allowance have been spurned, the newspapers Le Soir and De Standaard reported Thursday. French-language Le Soir cited unidentified sources as saying the former monarch would like the state to cover the upkeep on his main residence,...

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