In the multibillion-dollar Hancock family feud there are two distinct camps: "camp mother" and the rest.
Those in "camp mother" - Gina Rinehart's youngest daughter Ginia and her fiance, Ryan Johnston - don't struggle for much.
In the 17 months since Ginia's three siblings launched their court action against the mining magnate, the pair have been flown to Europe in Mrs Rinehart's private jet, enjoyed luxury holidays and Ginia was given a car worth more than $1 million, even though the 26-year-old doesn't have a driver's licence.
Last weekend, on the same day that _The West Australian _revealed that Ginia's sister, Hope, was broke, unable to pay her children's school fees and forced to pull out of the court action she had spearheaded, Ginia and Ryan were anchored in the biggest boat off Rottnest Island.
Looking out of place in wide-brimmed hats and dark sunglasses, they were chauffeured in one of the mothership's tender boats around the more regular-looking visitors in Thomson Bay.
It is no wonder that Hope Welker is switching back to "camp mother" after unsuccessfully trying to live for the past 18 months without a full-time income in New York, one of the world's most expensive cities.
This kind of dichotomy always seems to exist in some form in the House of Hancock.
It wasn't that long ago that another Ryan - Ryan Welker - was enjoying prime position in the family's game of musical chairs.
After marrying Hope, American-born former model Ryan Welker was welcomed into the family fold and for a while seemed to supplant John Hancock and Bianca Rinehart as heir apparent in the mining magnate's eyes.
In late 2010, Mrs Rinehart appointed him as her representative on the board of Perth-based Mineral Resources, in which Hancock Prospecting had a small stake.
Six months later, he was at the mining magnate's side in Hyderabad, India, attending the lavish Bollywood-style wedding of the granddaughter of an Indian billionaire in negotiations to buy two of her Queensland assets.
Wearing a traditional Indian sherwani, Mr Welker posed for pictures at an event that a fellow guest of Mrs Rinehart, Queensland Senator Barnaby Joyce, described as "absolutely mind-blowing".
But just four months after that trip - and after an eleventh-hour act of loyalty to his wife - Mr Welker's position was untenable.
Now, in a newly uncovered letter to Mrs Rinehart which was sent three weeks later, and revealed by _The West Australian _yesterday, Mr Welker laid bare the extent of the relationship's deterioration.
The letter suggests that he was being cut adrift at least in part because of his support for his wife and was under intense pressure to sever ties with the family company.
"Your employees have made it clear that I have no future with Hancock Prospecting itself," he wrote. "I maintain that I have always acted and will continue to act in the best interests of the company and all of its shareholders."
Mr Welker told Mrs Rinehart he had consulted other Mineral Resources board members, who supported him, and would not agree to a push from her to resign.
But seven days later, after what appears to be considerable pressure from Hancock Prospecting on Mineral Resources, he was gone.
It is 17 months since the tumultuous weeks which shook the house of Hancock and Mr Welker and his wife are the first big casualties.
The couple have separated because of a combination of personal and financial stress.
Before Hope, John and Bianca launched their legal against their mother, the three were all receiving support from either Mrs Rinehart, the family company or the trust at the centre of the row.
These payments all stopped as soon as they launched their court action and none has received anything in the 17 months since.
John and Bianca have raised and earned their own money in the interim but Hope, who does not have a full-time income, has stumbled.
She and her husband have continued living in an exclusive apartment in New York's Upper East Side and have been cut off financially by her mother. Mrs Welker is understood to have been unable to pay her bills or her children's Manhattan private school fees.
She has continued to ask for help from siblings John and Bianca.
In addition to the court action, the three estranged children are fighting a battle in arbitration proceedings in WA to get access to quarterly royalty payments from the Hope Downs iron ore mine to help cover their escalating costs.
Under the terms of a 2006 agreement, they say they are meant to have received royalties from January last year but claim their mother has refused to pay them.
For Hope, though, the long battle with no near resolution in sight has taken its toll. The accumulating debts and stress have forced her to pull out of the court action she launched in late 2011, leaving her siblings, John and Bianca, to fight it on their own.The full conditions of her withdrawal are unknown but it is understood that Mrs Rinehart has thrown her daughter a lifeline, one which she has now grabbed.
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