Royal Family NEEDS publicity to justify taxpayers’ funding members ‘Must be scrutinised’


THE Royal Family needs publicity in order to justify the taxpayer funding of the Sovereign Grant, according to a royal expert.

Ms Tominey said: “What is the deal between the Palace and the press? It’s not an official deal. It’s not like there’s a contract that’s been written out agreed by both sides.

“But the deal is that there’ll be a royal press pack, covering the rules about their official business.

“The royals will provide us with photographs and opportunities to occasionally interview them in return for publicity.

The Royal Family need to be scrutinised to survive

The Royal Family need to be scrutinised to survive (Image: Getty)

The BBC may have hurt their relationship with the monarchy

The BBC may have hurt their relationship with the monarchy (Image: Getty)

She added: “When it comes to their private lives because they’ve supplied us with some information about themselves and photographic opportunities in their official lives, we leave them well alone.

“There’s a deal in place because the palace needs publicity for the causes that their royals are championing and actually for the brand itself, for the brand of monarchy, and this idea that it is actually doing something useful for the wider public not least as it’s partly subsidised by the taxpayer.

“Because of that degree of public funding, there’s also a need for it to be scrutinised.”

The BBC are an example of an institution with a long-standing agreement with the British monarchy.

Over the years this arrangement has led to the national broadcaster gaining the rights to royal coverage, including the Queen’s annual Christmas message.

Since the BBC aired The Princes and the Press, there has been speculation that the special relationship may have been soured indefinitely.

Before the show aired there were reports that senior royals may end up “boycotting” the BBC depending on the claims made in the show.

After the episode aired, Kate Middleton and Prince William snubbed the broadcaster by taking their live Christmas carol concert away from the BBC, giving it to ITV instead.

They issued the following statement from Buckingham Palace, Clarence House, and Kensington Palace which was shown at the end of the episode: “A free, responsible and open press is of vital importance to a healthy democracy.

However, too often it is overblown and unfounded claims from unnamed sources that are presented as facts and it is disappointing when anyone, including the BBC, gives them credibility.”


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