After it was announced that the estimated cost to the public for Princess Eugenie’s upcoming wedding would cost taxpayers nearly £2 million, a petition has picked up steam.
British citizens are calling for “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.”
Republic, a political organisation against the monarchy, started the petition called ‘No taxpayer funding for Eugenie’s Royal Wedding.’
The website further reads: “A royal wedding is a private, personal event, dressed up as a national occasion. That lets the royals use weddings as PR exercises and expect the taxpayer will pay a large part of the costs.
“If the royals want to turn Eugenie and Jack’s big day into a public event, they need to pick up the bill – all of it.
“The Palace claims the wedding will be funded by the royal family, but royal funding blurs the lines between private income and public money. So, whether it’s the cost of policing paid for directly by us, or costs of the wedding ceremony, paid for by the royals, the taxpayer still ends up paying.”
As of writing this, the petition has 7,642 signatures. Nearly at the goal of 8,000.
While Prince Andrew will pay the majority of the bill, taxpayers will be on the hook for the security.
When The Mirror released the estimated £2 million security bill back in late August, outrage poured in over the fact that the public will be expected to pay for a non-working royal.
Princess Eugenie is currently 9th-in-line to the throne and does not perform duties on behalf of Her Majesty in an official capacity. Her father pushed for working titles for both his daughters, but Prince Charles insisted on a more streamlined version of the monarchy. The vision he has for when he is King.
“In these times of heightened security risks, it’s irresponsible for a minor member of the royal family to have a high-profile, very public wedding,” said Emma Dent Coad, the outspoken Labour MP for Kensington, where Princess Eugenie and Jack live.
“This may be the time to review the role and cost of minor royals.”