This Morning regular Matthew Wright argued that, despite assumptions, the Royal Family don’t actually “bring money” into the UK on the show.
During Thursday’s instalment of the hit ITV show host Phillip Schofield welcomed back competition presenter Josie Gibson as she continued to step in for Holly Willoughby for the third day in a row.
While the blonde bombshell recovers at home after she fell sick with a stomach bug earlier this week, the pair spoke with the 56-year-old and royal expert Camilla Tominey about Meghan Markle’s interview with Ellen DeGeneres.
And it’s fair to say that the controversial topic got the broadcaster hot under the collar as he launched into a rant about the Royal Family.
The fairly bland segment quickly took a turn when the TV presenter shared his thoughts on the royal couple as he claimed “it’s a myth that the Royal Family bring in money” to the country.
Hosts Phil and Josie discussed how Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announced that they wouldn’t be spending Christmas with the rest of the family in the UK this year.
The dad-of-one went on to question what the royals do for the country overall despite being a major tourist attraction to holiday-goers.
Camila hit back that the royals do an unrecognisable about of charity work for the Prince’s Trust among other causes every year.
“But where does the money come from?” he interrupted. “It comes from us. We pay for their houses.”
Phillip went on to ask about the greater Royal Family and how they help to bring in an increasing demand in tourism every year.
He pointed out: “The royalists will say, ‘Look how much money is raised when the tourists can now come back’.
“How much people come back to see our royal roots, history and the fact their flag might be flying outside Buckingham Palace. Isn’t that what they do?”
To which Matthew raged: “Can anyone produce the figure that shows how much money the Royal Family brings to the UK?
“I’ve been looking at it for 30 years for it and no such figure exists. It is quoted by royalists but there is no sum.
“America does very well with tourism, they don’t have a Royal Family. The idea that the Royal Family brings things in, I think, is a myth.”
This Morning airs weekdays at 10am on ITV
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