Republican Dani Beckett has said that TV programmes like The Crown are attributed to the Royal Family’s economic worth, and that taxpayers are being asked “to foot the bill” of Princess Eugenie’s wedding despite having “funding her whole life up to this point”.
Ms Beckett, Vice Chair of Republic told talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer: “She does not have any formal role as a Royal, she does not carry out any public official duties.
“So on top of funding her whole life up to this point, the taxpayers are now being asked to foot the bill for security at her wedding.”
She added: “They include things like the TV show The Crown attributing to the Royal Family’s economic worth so that is a bit like saying that people watch Fireman Sam therefore we should give more money to the fire service.
“That is something we could do if we were not paying for this.”
According to a report by Brand Finance, the Monarchy’s annual contribution to the UK economy in 2017 is £1.766bn.
The Monarchy’s contributions to the media industry and arts was estimated at £50 million in 2017, which includes adding to “the popularity” of shows such as The Crown and Victoria.
A 850-strong congregation
Princess Eugenie's royal wedding takes place on Friday in Windsor, as the Queen’s granddaughter marries fiancé Jack Brooksbank.
Princess Eugenie, who is ninth in line to the throne, and tequila brand ambassador Jack Brooksbank will say their vows in the 15th century St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle.
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are all expected to be there, joining an 850-strong congregation of celebrities, royals and VIP guests.
‘We already pay about £350 million a year’
Talking about the cost of security at Princess Eugenie’s wedding to her fiancé Jack Brooksbank, Ms Beckett argued that the Royal Family should pay for their own security.
She said: “We already pay about £350 million a year as the general public to the Royal Family and absolutely they should have security.
“But I think they should be able to pay for that security themselves.
“If we did have another Head of State, the difference would be that they were democratically elected by the public.”
The wedding ‘is paid for privately’
Royal Family supporters outside Windsor Castle
Royal Commentator Richard Fitzwilliams was also speaking to Julia Hartley-Brewer about the Royal Wedding and the
Mr Fitzwilliams said: “It was between £2 and £4 million for Harry and Meghan’s so let’s just get this in proportion.
“We should pay security for our first family and the children and grandchildren of the monarch when they marry seems to me perfectly reasonable.
“The monarchy costs 69p per person over the year and that cost includes the excellent idea of refurbishing Buckingham Palace over the next ten years.”
Mr Fitzwilliams added: “The Royal Wedding is paid for privately.”