Royal OUTRAGE: Thousands sign PETITION to make Royal Family pay for Eugenie’s wedding
PRINCESS Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s royal wedding should be paid for by the Royal Family according to thousands of angry British taxpayers who have signed a petition in their droves.
Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank will tie the knot on October 12, but outraged taxpayers are calling for the “House of Commons to urge the Government to commit no public money to the wedding”.
They are also calling on the Government to “publish a report of all costs to taxpayers”.
The petition was launched by Republic, a campaign group which works to build support for the abolition of the monarchy.
The petition currently has more than 14,000 signatures.
In full, the petition reads: ”This petition calls upon the House of Commons to urge the Government to ensure the highest standards of openness and transparency relating to the funding of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s wedding, commit no public funds to the wedding and to publish a report of all costs to taxpayers.”
Taxpayers were outraged when it was revealed Princess Eugenie’s wedding will cost the public in the region of £2million, most of which will be spent on security.
The Royal Family is expected to pay for the rest of the wedding and the reception costs.
When Meghan Markle and Prince Harry married in May, it was reported the wedding cost in excess of £35million.
Around £31million of this sum was spent on security.
The price of Royal weddings allegedly covers officers’ overtime pay, holiday cancellations, and requests for extra patrols.
The security at the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s wedding was believed to include rooftop snipers, undercover police officers and a “drone destroyer”.
A Republic spokesperson said: “Charging one royal wedding to the taxpayer is bad enough, but two costly Royal weddings this year is crossing a line.
“Royal spending is out of control, and taxpayers have a right to know how their money is being spent.
“If the Royals want to use Eugenie and Jack’s big day to shore up support for the monarchy, they have to cover the costs – security and all.
“Two-thirds of the public weren’t interested in Harry and Meghan’s big day, and polls suggest support for the monarchy is flimsy at best, yet the Royals have planned another costly wedding, confident their spending will never be held to account. That has to change.
“Public services are being cut, and councils are struggling. Why are we footing the wedding bills for the richest family in the country?
“Republic is calling on MPs to disclose the full costs of the royal wedding, and to insist the royals pay the bill.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK