They’re calling it Megxit – the announcement by Harry and Meghan that they will step back from their roles as senior royals and work to become financially independent, giving up their share of the sovereign grant. At least £82m is paid to the Royals via this fund and while pro- royalists argue the royal family bring in many times this amount in tourism, critics hotly dispute it. Prince Charles’s Duchy of Cornwall, which has an annual income of £1.8bn, funds the vast bulk of Harry and Meghan’s income which critics argue is actually public money too. With Prince Andrew’s behaviour bringing into question both the legitimacy of the royal family as well as the way public cash is used, is it time the royal family became financially self-sufficient?
Should we stop funding the royals?