‘Shames this country every day’ Labour-backing Republicans slammed for Royal Family slur

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A LABOUR-BACKING group of anti-monarchists has slammed the Royal Family following reports Prince Andrew is costing taxpayers £700,000 a year for security.

Following news that the Duke of York still receives police protection, a spokesperson took to their Twitter account.

They fumed: “The Royal Family shame this country every day.

“They embody inequality and privilege. They are out of touch with the nation, which they exploit.”

Following a review of his security arrangements, Prince Andrew will keep his state-funded police bodyguards, it has been reported.

Prince Andrew and the Queen

The group campaign for the abolition of the monarchy (Image: Getty / Twitter)

The Prince’s Metropolitan Police and Home Office security detail was assessed after the Queen stripped her second-eldest son of his military affiliations and royal patronages and removed his HRH title.

In February 2022, Virginia Giuffre, who accused the Prince of sexual assault, reached an out-of-court settlement, with no admission of wrongdoing on Andrew’s part.

A statement released at the time said the Prince “intends to make a substantial donation to Ms Giuffre’s charity in support of victims’ rights”.

Prince Andrew vehemently denies any wrongdoing in relation to Ms Giuffre.

Duke of York

It was reported that Andrew still receives police protection funded by the taxpayer (Image: Getty)

Prince Andrew and the Queen

Andrew was stripped of his military titles and royal patronages (Image: Getty)

He will still be accompanied by a personal protection officer whenever he leaves his home.

Permanent security arrangements are in place for the 30-room Royal Lodge on the Queen’s Windsor estate.

Andrew’s daughters Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie lost their taxpayer-funded protection after a row in 2011.

Princess Beatrice and Eugenie

Princess Eugenie reportedly racked up £100,000 of security bills (Image: Getty)

A report published suggested Eugenie spent more than £100,000 of taxpayers’ money as she travelled the world on her gap year.

Prince Charles was said to have stepped in at the time.

Despite paying for her own hotels and travel, the security bill was funded by the taxpayer.

Princess Anne, Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex also do not have round-the-clock security.

They are only guarded by police protection officers while carrying out official duties and engagements.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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