‘Might get rid of them’ Gogglebox star Shaun Ryder says monarchy could end without funds

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Shaun Ryder, 58, has revealed how he believes the Royal Family could end if they fall out of favour with the public. The Celebrity Gogglebox star divulged he is a fan of the royals, as he praised the monarchy for bringing in huge profits to the UK every year.

Speaking on the Royal Family, Shaun told Express.co.uk: “They bring in some good dough for the economy. 

“So as long as you’re doing that, you know, fine, stop doing that and they might lose a job and might get rid of them.

“You know, but as long as you’re doing that, then you can get on with it,” he added.

The Royal Household recently published its annual financial statement, the Sovereign Grant Report, for the financial year 2020-21.

The Sovereign Grant is the funding provided to support the official duties of The Queen and maintain the Occupied Royal Palaces.

 It also includes a dedicated amount to fund the 10-year Reservicing of Buckingham Palace, a major overhaul of essential building services including electrical wiring, pipework, boilers and generators.

A total of £69.4 million of taxpayer funds went on official duties such as travel, as well as other costs including staff, hospitality and property maintenance – a rise of £2.4m or 4% from £67m in 2018/2019.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s 10-day trip to nations such as Botswana and South Africa was the most expensive in the royal accounts – costing taxpayers £245,000.

The cost of a chartered flight taken by the Duke of York to attend a golf championship in Northern Ireland was announced as £15,848.

And £117,116 was how much was spent on travel for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s tour of Pakistan.

As the figures were published, it was reported that the Queen is facing a £35 million shortfall in funding because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

But the monarch has vowed not to ask the Government for a bailout from taxpayers.

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The UK government has confirmed it will top up the Queen’s income to meet any shortfall in profits and make sure her sovereign grant remains at its current level, The Independent reports.

“In the event of a reduction in the Crown Estate’s profits, the sovereign grant is set at the same level as the previous year,” a spokesperson told the newspaper.

Elsewhere, Shaun has spoken of his excitement over releasing his latest solo album, Visits From Future Technology, after he first began working on the project over a decade ago.

He shared: ”Right, well, 10 years ago I was in the studio quite a lot. You know, it was only a couple of years after we did the Monday’s record, really. 

“We decided we should just start working on something. So we did. And then we went over to the States and finished it off over there.”

However, before he could release the music he entered I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! where he finished as runner-up, but will now unleash the project to his army of dedicated fans.

Shaun’s album is available to pre-order at https://shaunryder.tmstor.es/

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