An exclusive poll conducted by Express.co.uk found nine in 10 people would like to see some members of the Royal Family denied taxpayers’ cash. The findings come after royal author Clive Irving, warned a major “trimming down” is on the horizon due to members of the Firm taking cash and giving little in return.
He told Today Extra: “While the whole opera of the Royal Family is a great attraction, it’s outlived its time in terms of its grander purpose.
“Lots of members of the Royal Family are freeloading off the idea of the Royal Family.
“What will have to happen eventually and maybe not too far away is a great trimming down of it.
A staggering 92 percent (1,916) of Express.co.uk readers who took part in the poll said the Queen, 94, should conduct a shake-up of the system.
Nine in 10 people said in a poll that the Queen should strip minor royals of public cash
The Queen has been told to strip some royals of public funds
Only eight percent (150) of respondents said she should not strip minor royals of public money.
Fifteen people (less than one percent) said they didn’t know.
Prince Charles has long backed the idea of a slimmed down monarch.
The proposal would mean that the focus would be firmly directed towards Charles, when he is King, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their three children.
A royal expert said too many members were ‘freeloading’
In comments, many readers expressed outrage about the number of royals using their status to get ahead.
One person wrote: “It’s not only minor royals. There are too many people riding the gravy train.
“The whole question of those in receipt of public finances needs to be overhauled, starting with the quangos.”
When Charles becomes King he is expected to shake up the royal system
Prince Charles favours a slimmed down monarchy
A second reader said: “There are far too many living in grace and favour properties, paying peppercorn rents for my liking, some the nation never see or know about.”
And yet a third person backed the idea of a smaller monarchy.
They said: “Absolutely, make them earn a living like everyone else has to and make them pay rent too, to the government.”
How the Crown Estate works
Another said any member of the Firm who has “proven that their life choices are not conducive to the royal role” should definitely be booted out.
Others said a new system was long overdue, saying: “It is about time hangers-on with meaningless titles are abandoned.
“That goes for people who do not live in this country and/or no respect for the Queen.”
Charles is first in line to the throne
Paul Burrell, Princess Diana’s former butler, has in the past spoken of the heir to the throne’s plans.
He told Us Weekly that Charles, 72, “has made it quite clear that he intends to slim down the monarchy and reduce the number of full-time working members of the family to those in the immediate line of succession.”
The poll ran from 11am to 10pm on Wednesday, January 20. A total of 2,081 readers took part.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK