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"Clearly Happy Taking The Taxpayers Money:" Fans Shame Harry And Meghan For Living Off People's Money But Demanding Privacy

Date August 16, 2019

Prince Harry and Meghan have been continuously on the receiving end of criticism from citizens of the United Kingdom for living off government money.

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Given their extravagant lifestyle, many internet users were particularly unhappy about the Duchess' comment at the premiere of 'The Lion King' when she said: "they don't make it easy."

The Sussexes break royal precedent

While it is no big deal for people to demand privacy, members of the royal family can't have such privilege without paying the price.

As revealed by Express, there is a royal precedent for living privately as a royal.

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As observed from the life of Princess Anne, the princess royal made some decisions in order to live her life away from the spotlight.

She made her sure her children, Peter and Zara, have no titles so that they can be private citizens. Also, she took control of her Gatcombe Park and is running It singlehandedly.

While Harry and Meghan have followed in a similar path with refusing titles for Archie, Meghan took up her husband's royal title when she got married to him.

Princess Anne and her husband, Timothy Laurence, refused any royal titles when they tied the knot. According to a royal expert, the Sussexes are trying to mirror their lives after Zara and Mike Tindall.

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But it seems they forget that Zara and Tindall don't receive any public money from the Sovereign Grant. Royal Editor Russell Myers speaking about the issue said:

"Certainly, Harry would like to be more like Zara and Mike Tindall and have that freedom. But unfortunately he is related to the heir, and he is going to be the son of the future King. The problem is, you can't have one foot in and one foot out. This is the issue that's being debated at the moment."

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Fans don't seem happy about this and have expressed their displeasure.

How much does the royal family cost the taxpayer?

According to official accounts, the British Royal Family spent a whopping £67 million pounds during the 2018-19 fiscal year. This was almost £20million higher than the previous financial year.

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With this increased expense, it's hard to blame citizens for their criticism.