THE reputation of all the royals has been “damaged” by the book on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s departure from the Royal Family according to the CEO of Republic.
Republic campaigns for the Queen to be replaced with an elected, democratic head of state and the monarchy to be abolished. The organisation’s CEO Graham Smith told Express.co.uk that members of the Royal Family come across as needy and immature in the book Finding Freedom, a biography focussed on the relation of Meghan Markle with Prince Harry from the early days until their departure from royal life.
Mr Smith said regarding Finding Freedom: “I haven’t read it but I have seen bits and pieces from the news.
“From what I have read it is damaging to the reputation of all the royals really.
“I think they all come across as fairly needy, sensitive, immature, worrying about things that are really trivial.
“I don’t think Harry and Meghan have done themselves any favours over the last few years since leaving the royal household.
Meghan Markle: Finding freedom was damaging for all royals according to Graham Smith (Image: GETTY)
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have been married since May 2018 (Image: GETTY)
“Whatever royal funding they are still getting needs to be stopped.”
Mr Smith also told Meghan Markle and Prince Harry to fund themselves following their decision to “abandon” the Royal Family.
The CEO of Republic outlined to Express.co.uk that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex should not be funded by the UK taxpayer whether they are based in Britain or abroad.
Mr Smith said: “We should not be funding Meghan and Harry at all whether they are abroad or here.
“Certainly, now that they have abandoned any pretence of doing official engagements or giving anything back to the taxpayer, we have no reason to fund them at all.
“They are very wealthy, their estimated combined wealth is more than £30million.”
He added: “I think most people would be surprised by any suggestion that people sitting on £30million in the bank might struggle in any way financially.
“So I think if they want to live the lifestyle that people with £100million do then they have a problem.
Prince Harry: The timeline of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry royal departure (Image: EXPRESS)
“But I think they will be absolutely fine and we don’t owe them a living, we don’t owe them a penny.
“They ought to go and find their own source of income or live off what they have.”
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry stepped down as senior members of the Royal Family at the end of March 2020.
Following their departure from the Royal Family the couple spent time in Canada before moving to California.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK