Stacey Solomon says British people shouldn't be forced to give their money to the Royal Family
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Former X-Factor star Stacey Solomon has spoken out against the public's monetary contributions to the British Royal Family.
The singer claimed back in 2018 that she didn’t get the point of the Royals and a video of the moment went viral again earlier this month following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
While the clip is a few years old, Stacey was lambasted by monarchists across social media.
Despite the criticism, she has maintained her stance that the British Royal Family is unjustly placed on a pedestal while rubbishing the notion that the English public has to pay for their upkeep.
She told The Guardian: “I have nothing against the monarchy and the Queen seemed like a lovely lady, but I don’t understand why we pay a contribution to one of the wealthiest families in the world.”
Adding: "Some of our kids weren’t even getting school lunches, and to know a huge amount of money is going to somebody who doesn’t need it, I just couldn’t get my head around that."
The taxpayer-funded payment, known as the Sovereign Grant, is paid to the Royal Family each year.
According to the BBC, the 2021-2022 Sovereign Grant was set at £86.3 million (AU$148m) with the majority of those funds going toward property maintenance.
Meanwhile, the Loose Women star believed there should be an option to choose where that contribution goes.
She continued: "It would be cool if there was an opt-in opt-out version and you can opt to give it to somebody else."
Just as she stated back in 2018, she clearly still just doesn’t get the point of the Royal Family.
She said: “I don’t know why they can’t exist just as a cool famous family. Why do they have to be head of anything and have that monetary contribution?”
The 32-year-old faced unfair social media bashings this past month, with some monarchists believing her 2018 clip came following the Queen’s passing.
She claimed the resurfacing of the clip was being ‘misrepresented’ on social media as she hadn’t said it ‘on the Queen’s passing’.
The clip came from a debate with fellow Loose Women hosts Jane Moore, Linda Robson, and Christin Lampard about the UK’s fixation with the Royals.
Following a discussion about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Solomon claimed: “I don't get why we're so obsessed with these humans that are exactly the same.”
She explained: “I'm probably gonna be of the opinion of nobody else in the entire world but I just don't get it. I don't get any of it.”
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