Republic campaigns for the monarchy to be abolished and the Queen to be replaced with an elected, democratic head of state. Graham Smith, the organisation’s CEO, told Express.co.uk that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex should not be funded by the UK taxpayer whether they are based in Britain or abroad.
Mr Smith said: “We should not be funding Meghan and Harry at all whether they are abroad or here.
“Certainly, now that they have abandoned any pretence of doing official engagements or giving anything back to the taxpayer, we have no reason to fund them at all.
“They are very wealthy, their estimated combined wealth is more than £30million.”
He added: “I think most people would be surprised by any suggestion that people sitting on £30million in the bank might struggle in any way financially.
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“So I think if they want to live the lifestyle that people with £100million do then they have a problem.
“But I think they will be absolutely fine and we don’t owe them a living, we don’t owe them a penny.
“They ought to go and find their own source of income or live off what they have.”
Mr Smith went on to reject Meghan Markle’s claim that her wedding generated £1billion for the United Kingdom’s economy.
“There is no evidence at all that the monarchy ever bring money in from tourism.
“The idea that her wedding brought in £1billion is pure fiction.
“There just isn’t any evidence to support that whatsoever.
“It was a net loss for the British taxpayers and to try and justify spending public money on her wedding by making these rather weird claims is just another sign of their entitlement.”