Queen told taxpayer should not fund Prince Philip’s funeral – and she should

The Queen and the Royal Family should cover the cost of Prince Philip's funeral themselves rather than rely on the UK taxpayer to do so, a campaign group has said.

Anti-monarchy campaigner Graham Smith, CEO of Republic, says Prince Philip's funeral will "attract a number of reasonably large crowds" meaning it will need to be policed.

And he hopes the costs associated with that are not paid for by the UK taxpayer.

Republic campaigns for the abolishment of the Royal Family and wants Queen Elizabeth II to be replaced by an elected, democratic head of state.

Mr Smith says it is understandable for the taxpayer to pick up the bill for a public funeral for the head of state, but that Prince Philip is a private citizen who "happens to be the husband of the monarch".

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Asked by Express.co.uk whether the UK taxpayer should pay for the funeral of the monarch's spouse, Mr Smith said: "I don’t think we should.

"I can understand with the monarch if you are the head of state and there is a state funeral offered then you might understand why the taxpayer would pay for it.

"I think it would be childish to suggest we do not do that with the Queen.

"I think with Prince Philip he is a private citizen, he happens to be the husband of the monarch.

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"They have got plenty of their own money they can arrange and afford their own funeral."

He continued: "I don’t see why the taxpayer should be asked to do that.

"It will cost the taxpayer a lot anyway because of the policing.

"I am sure it will be a public event which will attract a number of reasonably large crowds.

"I just think that royals tend to conflate themselves with the state and they seem to think everything they do needs to be funded by us.

"I think that it is not appropriate, and I hope that point is being made clear to them while Prince Philip is still alive."

Despite Mr Smith's concerns, according to The Mirror, Prince Philip has “expressed a preference for something a little more simple”.

Royal reporter Zahra Mulroy explained: “He may be entitled to a full-blown state funeral, but the Duke has expressed a preference for something a little more simple – and he’s been closely involved with the arrangements, which are being coordinated by the Lord Chamberlain’s Office at Buckingham Palace.”

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