Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Are Not the Only Members of the Royal Family Angering UK Taxpayers
Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex recently paid back $3.1 million they used for renovations to Frogmore Cottage. They have completely cut ties with Britain’s public purse, bringing them closer to their goal of financial independence. Now that Harry and Meghan have paid their debt, two more royal family members have angered UK taxpayers over expenses.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are making moves toward financial independence
When Harry and Meghan stepped down as senior members of the royal family earlier this year, they cited their desire for financial independence as one of the reasons for the shocking decision.
Queen Elizabeth gave Archie Harrison’s mom and dad one year for a transitional period. They are currently six months in and have already made some serious money moves. Harry and Meghan purchased a mansion in the exclusive Montecito neighborhood of Santa Barbara, California.
Then, they signed a nine-figure deal with Netflix before paying back the $3.1 million used for Frogmore Cottage renovations.
According to USA Today, Prince Harry made a contribution to the Sovereign Grant in early September. This is the name of the public fund that goes to the royal family. A spokesperson said the contribution “fully covered the necessary renovation costs of Frogmore Cottage.”
The Windsor property, located west of London, will remain Harry and Meghan’s home when they visit the UK.
Meghan Markle is missing from Prince Harry’s birthday posts
Prince Harry celebrated his 36th birthday on September 15. To celebrate, the Queen’s staff wrote on the Royal Family Twitter account, “Wishing the Duke of Sussex a very happy birthday!” The post also included a photo of Harry laughing with his grandmother.
According to Express, the photo is from the Queen’s 2017 Young Leaders reception at Buckingham Palace.
Harry’s father, Prince Charles, and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, also marked the occasion on the official Twitter account for Clarence House. Their post included two pictures of Harry along with a “happy birthday” message.
It should be noted that Meghan was left out of every birthday post from members of the royal family.
One photo was of Harry at Buckingham Palace. The second featured Harry and Prince William at the inaugural Invictus Games in 2014. Prince Harry does not currently have any social media accounts. He celebrated the day privately with his wife and son at their home in Montecito.
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles accused of taking millions from UK taxpayers
According to Express, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles have angered UK taxpayers because of their spending. Graham Smith, CEO of Republic, says that Her Majesty and the future king are two of the “most expensive members of the royal family.”
Republic is an organization that campaigns for the abolishment of the monarchy. They support Queen Elizabeth being replaced by an independent Head of State. Smith explained that it’s “difficult” to know exactly how much they spend because their “finances are not reported in that way.”
He estimates Prince Charles takes at least £20million every year from the Duchy of Cornwall. He says the government directly pays for some of Charles’ other expenses, especially in the areas of travel and security. However, Smith says that Queen Elizabeth probably costs the most.
“It is very hard to pinpoint one over the other, but we know that the Queen and Charles take millions of pounds from the two Duchies,” Smith said.