Stacey Solomon has addressed comments she made about the Royal Family after clips resurfaced online following the death of the Queen.
In a debate on a 2018 episode of Loose Women, on which Stacey is a panellist, the 32 year old mum of four said that she "'doesn't get the obsession" with the royals and questioned why we "pay a contribution towards them".
After the clip reared its head in the aftermath of the late Queen's death on 8 September, Stacey explained her comments to The Guardian, she said it was hard to see them resurface during the period of mourning for the late monarch.
Stacey said: "I have nothing against the monarchy and the Queen seemed like a lovely lady, but I don't understand why we pay a contribution to one of the wealthiest families in the world."
She continued: "Some of our kids weren't even getting school lunches, and to know a huge amount of money is going to somebody who doesn't need it, I just couldn't get my head around that.
"I don't know why they can't exist just as a cool famous family. Why do they have to be head of anything and have that monetary contribution?"
During the original debate on Loose Women, a clip of which was shared on TikTok, Stacey said: "'I don't get why we're so obsessed with these humans that are exactly the same," after the conversation had centred on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
She went on: "I'm probably gonna be of the opinion of nobody else in the entire world but I just don't get it [the Royal Family]. I don't get any of it."
Gesturing to the rest of the Loose Women panel, which included Jane Moore, Linda Robson and Christine Lampard, she continued: 'Like, it could be us four sitting there.'
Jane added: "For me, they're becoming celebrities," as Stacey quickly replied: "That's all they are."
Jane then said: "The Queen is brilliant," before Stacey questioned: "But for what?" before Jane stated: "For duty, responsibility."
"She's always worked really hard hasn't she," added Linda.
Not ready to let the point drop, Stacey said: "But I would work really hard if the whole country paid for me to have like 12 houses and work really hard."
"They don't pay for all the houses, Jane said. We contribute about £39m a year. It costs £300m a year to run the Royal Family.
"But I'm with you. After the Queen, I'd have them all on bicycles and living in a terraced house. But I love the Queen, I think she's fantastic," she added.
Stacey who is keen on giving back, brought up homelessness and the stark contrast between that and the royals, who boast many sprawling residences across the country.
She said: "It's freezing cold outside and people are homeless and these people [the Royals] have like houses to spare.
"It does sometimes become a little bit frustrating because I don't see the purpose of all of that money going to this one entire family."
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