Meghan Markle warned US taxpayer will not ‘pick up the bill’ after Royal Family exit

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MEGHAN MARKLE has been warned that the US taxpayer will not “pick up the bill” following the Duchess of Sussex’s decision to leave the Royal Family.

Republic campaigns for the to Queen 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 the US taxpayer will not appreciate being asked to contribute to the costs of Meghan Markle’s lifestyle as she will be considered a private citizen in America rather than a Royal.

Mr Smith said: “I honestly think they need to pay for themselves.

“We don’t ask this question about anyone else, we don’t pick a random person out of the crowd and say let’s pay for that person.

“They are private citizens now and they should behave like that.

“I don’t think the US taxpayer would appreciate being asked to pick up the bill.

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry got married in May 2018 (Image: Getty)

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s final royal engagement was the Commonwealth Service in March 2020 (Image: Getty)

“I don’t think the US taxpayer picks up the bill for Oprah Winfrey or Matt Damon.

“Why should they pick up the bill for Meghan Markle?”

During the same interview, Mr Smith branded the Royal Family for as unaccountable and secretive in a scathing attack on the institution.

Republic’s CEO told Express.co.uk that the cost is just one symptom of why the UK should get rid of the monarchy.

Mr Smith said: “The cost is one symptom of why the monarchy should be abolished.

“They get away with it because it is unaccountable.

“No one can get rid of them as individuals, they have to get rid of the whole institution.

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The timeline of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry royal departure (Image: Express)

“They get away with it because they are secretive and do not reveal the information about money being spent and what they are getting up to behind closed doors.

“We are supposed to be a democracy, we have argued about democracy and the will of the people for the last four years.

“We then don’t turn that same logic to the monarchy.

“So, it does not live up to the standards that we should expect of an institution in this country in this day and age.”

Source: EXPRESS CO UK