Queen should be only royal to receive funding claims Smith
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Graham Smith called for members of the Royal Family, that are not the head of state, to earn their own way and funding for the monarchy to be slashed. Republic is an anti-monarchist group that campaigns for the Queen to be replaced by an elected, democratic head of state and the monarchy to be abolished.
Mr Smith said: “I think the only way you can solve the problem of the monarchy is to get rid of it.
“It is always a problem whether it is one person or fifteen people.
“But while we have a monarchy what Republic has been proposing for some time is that we only pay for the head of state.
“It is there to give us one person which is the Queen as head of state.
“We should therefore only pay for the Queen.”
He continued: “The budget could be slashed from £345 million down to less than £10 million a year.
“The Queen should then be on a salary similar to the Prime Minister and we then fund an office to manage her engagements.
“The rest of them should go off and do their own thing, we do not owe them a living, we do not owe them any kind of position, title or status.
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“It is time they were all told to go and earn their own way like the rest of us.”
However, royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams told Express.co.uk that the value of the Royal Family to Britain is huge.
Mr Fitzwilliams said: “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.
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“Given the effects of the pandemic it was announced that though there would be less income, any shortfall is intended to be met by economies and other income such as lettings and not by the taxpayer.
“The value of the monarchy to Britain is huge, Brand Finance has called it ‘Britain’s greatest treasure’ and Republic, as always, ignore the monarchy’s benefit for royal tours abroad, charity and tourism.
“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?”
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