Graham Smith, the CEO of Republic, is putting pressure on Queen Elizabeth II to step down as the head of the United Kingdom and 15 other Commonwealth realms.
Graham represents more than 35,000 online supporters who adhere to the message that Republic is pushing — the monarchy is irrelevant, absurd, and outdated.
The organization, which has been growing since its launch in 1983, strongly believes that the royal family members have too much power and waste too much money.
The head of the republican pressure group is blasting “a lack of transparency and accountability with respect to the funding of the monarchy.”
The leader of the controversial organization claims the royals are abusing their positions and public money because it costs taxpayers £334 million or $429,924,800 per year to maintain and protect the monarchy.
Officials have disputed that claim and say that the Monarch costs £41.5m or $53,396,431. Smith recently did an interview and explained that the time has come for the Queen to give up her titles.
Smith also promised that when the Queen can no longer serve, he and other British citizens will demand a change that could come via a referendum. The members want to replace the United Kingdom’s monarchy with a republic.
He stated: “My view is that all the royals should renounce their titles. I think that the writing is on the wall. Why don’t they do themselves a favor and say we are not going to pursue this any further? Have the monarchy until the Queen passes away, and then let’s move on and do something different.”
The head of the Republic did not spare Prince William and Kate Middleton, who are living lavishly thanks to taxpayers.
Smith shared: “I think that if William and Kate were sufficiently self-aware, they would understand it would not only benefit the country but benefit them. They could go off and enjoy themselves and have Netflix deals and do whatever they want on their own money and their own time.”
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Queen Elizabeth II as seen in the Nizam of Hyderabad necklace- a wedding gift to the then-Princess Elizabeth from the Nizam of Hyderabad in 1947. Asaf Jah VII was the ruler of Hyderabad, and one of the richest men in the world, so he could afford to give the princess a truly spectacular wedding gift. He followed through by fulfilling most jewel-lovers' greatest dream: he left instructions with Cartier to let the princess pick anything from their existing stock for her present. Princess Elizabeth chose two pieces: a floral tiara, and a coordinating floral necklace. Both pieces were made of diamonds set in platinum. The necklace, which was made by Cartier in 1935, is especially intricate, featuring more geometric diamonds nestled in the abstract floral design. Elizabeth wore both of the pieces frequently during the early years of her marriage. She posed in the necklace for one of the last series of portraits taken of her before she succeeded to the throne. The photographs were taken by Yousuf Karsh in 1951, and two of the images are now in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery. Unfortunately the tiara was reworked into the Burmese Ruby Tiara in the 1970s (perhaps my least favorite piece, or tied with the Brazilian Aquamarine Tiara), but lately the necklace has been making appearances on the Duchess of Cambridge- whom it suits beautifully. Swipe to see!
Smith also spoke about the film that Republic made about Prince Charles titled The Man Who Shouldn’t be King.
Smith explained: “We have made a documentary titled The Man Who Shouldn’t be King about Prince Charles. We are, and I think a lot of people are concerned about Charles becoming King. I think he is going to hasten the end of the monarchy.”
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🚨 NEWS 🚨 “Remembrance will be scaled back because of #coronavirus restrictions, with a much smaller parade at the Cenotaph and a pre-recorded Festival of Remembrance at @royalalberthall with no audience. But the Queen and royal family will be involved” Via @royanikkhah The Queen, the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cambridge and other senior royals are expected to attend the Cenotaph in Whitehall on November 8th. Prince Charles will lead the tribute to the fallen, laying a wreath on the Queen’s behalf, as he has done since 2017. #remembrance#remembranceday#remembrancesunday #queenelizabeth#princechales#duchessofcornwall#princewilliam#dukeofcambridge#katemiddleton#duchessofcambridge#catherinemiddleton#catherineduchessofcambridge#royals#royalfamily#britishroyals#britishroyalfamily#windsor#cambridges
Republic, which is on the mission “to achieve the abolition of the British monarchy in favor of a democratic republic,” seems determined to make it happen.
Although experts say it is unlikely that it will succeed in the near future.