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Are Prince William and Kate Middleton Spending Too Much Money? Royal Experts Believe So

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By Clarissa Wilson

Ever since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle left the Royal family, all eyes have been on Prince William and Kate Middleton more often. So much so, that the Royal couple's spending habits have been under close examination by some Royal experts. According to CheatSheet, some Royal experts believe the Royal couple should be earning their own income.

Also, according to CheatSheet, although the Royal family are worth a lot of money on their own, a lot of their income is paid for by the British taxpayers. Because of this, they tend to live a less private lifestyle than they would like to and are not allowed to complain or get angry when people, mainly the media, talk about them and report about them in the news.

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The Royal's do have their own private money, but since the UK taxpayers pay a lot of money out every year for them to live their lavish lifestyle, they barely touch their private money. One Royal expert is angry about their lavish spending habits and has admitted to being angry. One reason may be because the Royal's seem to be getting more money from the British taxpayers than what is reported.

According to Express, Republic CEO Graham Smith said, "The monarchy in general costs a lot more than the royal household admits to. It is about £345million from the taxpayer every year, it needs to be stripped right back."

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And since Meghan Markle and Prince Harry chose to leave the Royal family and earn their own living to live a more private life, some Royal experts think that Prince William and Kate Middleton should also earn their own living for a while. At least until it's time for them to be crowned King and Queen Consort.

Smith continued, "We do not owe Prince William and Kate an income, we do not owe them a role, we don’t owe them anything. They can go off and do their own thing. The monarchy is there to give us one person and that is the head of state, the Queen. The Queen should, therefore, be on an annual salary similar to that of the Prime Minister. The costs should be stripped away so that we can save that £345million and just provided us with a head of state who is supported by a small office."

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

Before the Sussexes left the Royal family and the lifestyle that came with it, they were highly criticized about their spending habits. Many critics were very displeased with the $2 million they spent on renovating their home, Frogmore Cottage. However, one of the stipulations of leaving the Royal lifestyle and family was that they had to pay the $2 million back, and they since have.

Now that the Sussexes have left the Royal family and are living a more private lifestyle in Los Angeles, Prince Harry and Kate Middleton's spending habits have gotten a closer examination.

It seems that they just recently spent £15,000 on a 950 foot hedge to put around their property to prevent the public from seeing inside.

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Smith had more to say about the Royal couple and Royal family as a whole,

"It is typical of the royals to spend this type of money because all they think about is their own lifestyles. They have a deep-seated sense of entitlement. They routinely spend money in the tens of thousands whether it is on their own homes or private plane and helicopter travel around the UK when they could easily take cars or trains. So this is typical of more of their spending."

Prince William and Kate Middleton

Although royal experts are speaking out about the Royal couple's excessive spending habits, things probably won't change in that regard. They are used to doing what they want, after all, and are used to public criticism, anyway, so probably don't care much about what experts or anyone else says about their spending habits.

However, according to the authors of the book, 'Royals at War,' Dylan Howard and Andy Tillet, "Harry’s [spending] transformation is revealed as one of the fundamental factors behind the deep fissure that opened between him and his brother, Prince William."

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