Sunday Jan 24, 2021
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s monthly savings have come under the radar of an anti-monarchy organization who wants their monthly spending to be dispersed among other working royals.
This was brought forward by the CEO of Republic Graham Smith. He told Express UK, "Ultimately, it does not make any difference to the UK taxpayer because the cost of the monarchy continues to go up every year. Money not spent on Meghan and Harry will be spent on others.”
"It is a good thing in the sense that the fewer royals there are the better. But ultimately, the money will be spent on other royals rather than Harry and Meghan.”
However, this was strongly slammed by royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams. He explained that the only reason the monarchy’s monthly costs are rising is due to Buckingham Palace’s refurbishments.
"The core cost of the monarchy is 74p per person per year excluding security. The much-needed refurbishment of Buckingham Palace brings the cost up to £1.24.”
"Given the effects of the pandemic it was announced that though there would be less income, any shortfall is intended be met by economies and other income such as lettings and not by the taxpayer. Every country contributes to the expenses of its head of state. How could you put a price on the boost to the nation's morale of the three historic broadcasts, including her Christmas message, which the Queen has made during the pandemic?"