'Secretive. Divisive. Undemocratic. Abolish the monarchy,' some billboards read.
The anti-monarchy campaign group Republic has launched giant billboards across the U.K. with slogans questioning the British monarchy and Prince Andrew.
uncovered evidence they claim shows a close aide of Prince Charles' agreed to arrange an honor and faster access to British citizenship for a Saudi businessman after he donated generously to the prince’s charities.Prince Charles denies any involvement in this matter. Clarence House released a statement saying: “The Prince of Wales has no knowledge of the alleged offer of honours or British citizenship on the basis of donation to his charities and fully supports the investigation now under way by The Prince’s Foundation.”
"I don't think it's a danger to the monarchy but this is a sign that this is damaging their public image. After all, the monarchy is an unelected institution that requires public support for its very existence," Jobson added.MORE: Prince Andrew's attorney denies duke's been served with Virginia Giuffre's sex assault lawsuit
"These billboards are expensive so Republic's backers have had to put their hands in their pocket," Jobson said.Republic has set up a crowdfunding page which has so far made £25,000 (approximately $34,000 USD) to pay for the billboards which are now posted throughout the U.K. including in London, Edinburgh, Cardiff and other cities. headtopics.com
The group says its launching this campaign in advance of Charles' accession to the throne."With polls showing young people wanting an elected head of state, the succession of King Charles will be a major turning point in the monarchy's history and in the growth of Britain's republican movement," Graham Smith, Republic's chief executive, is quoted as saying on the group's website.
"We have been campaigning for the abolition of the monarchy for a long time but now we are at a crossroads. As the Queen's reign draws to an end, it is time to demand a say in who should be our head of state," Smith added.UK Press via Getty Images, FILE
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And costly. UK Pop. 68.3mil. Republic members, maybe 70k. And it's being running over 15 years. I think the corgis have contributed more to society than Smith. 🤣 *Also the target of anti-pedophiles. The British monarchy is so 19th Century. Involved!
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