Royals must pay Eugenie’s wedding bill as petition attracts thousands

26 September 2018

A petition launched this week by campaign group Republic calling for no taxpayer funding for Princess Eugenie's wedding has attracted well over 5,000 signatures.
 
Republic is demanding the royal family pay the full cost of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s wedding on October 12th, as it is revealed security costs alone will leave the public with a £2 million bill.
 
Costs are set to soar beyond all expectations as it has become clear the couple plan to marry in much the same manner as Harry and Meghan earlier this year – a wedding that cost taxpayers over £35 million.
 
A Republic spokesperson said today:
 
“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 interest 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." 
 
"There's no public appetite for another costly royal wedding."
 
 
The full details of the petition can be found at:
 
www.republic.org.uk/petition/royal-wedding-eugenie
 
The petition says: "We petition the House of Commons to urge the Government to commit no public money to the wedding of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank, and to publish a report of all costs to taxpayers.”
 

NOTES
 
All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 1,615 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 10th - 11th May 2018. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all GB adults (aged 18+).
 
A summary of the results can be found at www.republic.org.uk/what-we-do/news-and-updates/shock-poll-royal-love-af....
 
The full results can be found on the YouGov website or you can see a pdf of the results at www.republic.org.uk/republic_yougov_poll_results.

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