Republic campaigns for the monarchy to be abolished and the to Queen be replaced with an elected, democratic head of state. Graham Smith, the organisation’s CEO, told Express.co.uk that the UK does not owe the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge an income or a role.
Mr Smith claimed: “The monarchy in general costs a lot more than the royal household admits to.
“It is about £345million from the taxpayer every year, it needs to be stripped right back.
“We do not owe Prince William and Kate an income, we do not owe them a role, we don’t owe them anything.
“They can go off and do their own thing.”
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He added: “The monarchy is there to give us one person and that is the head of state, the Queen.
“The Queen should therefore be on an annual salary similar to that of the Prime Minister.
“The costs should be stripped away so that we can save that £345million and just provided us with a head of state who is supported by a small office.”
During the same interview, the CEO of Republic also slammed Kate and Prince William for their “outrageous” spending.
“They routinely spend money in the tens of thousands whether it is on their own homes or private plane and helicopter travel around the UK when they could easily take cars or trains.
“So this is typical of more of their spending.”
He added: If this is public money, this is an outrageous use of public money, 15,000 is more than people earn in a year.
“They ought to accept the fact they have a really privileged life and not keep spending public money.”
Of the Daily Mail reports on the £15,000 hedge, a Palace spokesperson said: “As part of the broader management of the Estate, the physical surroundings of Royal Residences are under constant review. From time to time, adjustments are made to the landscaping and gardens, including hedging.”