Royal expert: Family is on the agenda for Harry and Meghan
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Republic, which describes itself as a "membership-based pressure group campaigning for the abolition of the monarchy", has said any attempt by the police to disrupt protest in the interests of the Royal Family "would be wholly inappropriate".
Graham Smith, CEO of Republic, has written to the Thames Valley Police asking for reassurances that officers will not "disrupt" protests ahead of the royal wedding on May 19.
Mr Smith described the wedding as "PR for monarchy" as he insisted the "usual procedures and policies" for peaceful protests should remain in place on the day Meghan marries Harry in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle.
In the email to the Thames Valley Police Chief Constable, Mr Smith said: “The monarchy is a contested institution and, while this is a private wedding, all major royal events such as this are used as PR for the monarchy.
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"It is therefore vital that the usual procedures and policies for allowing and facilitating peaceful protest remain in place.”
“Can you please reassure me that anyone found carrying a placard or banner or appearing to be heading to the site of the wedding to protest will not be arrested or obstructed, unless there is a genuine risk to public safety?
"Can you confirm that the right to peaceful protest will continue in Windsor on the day of the wedding, including within the secure area and near the route of the royal procession?
"Comments from police forces in the past have suggested that there is a real danger this will happen in Windsor.
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"Your assurance that a royal wedding is no grounds for banning peaceful protest will be welcomed, not just by protesters or republicans, but by millions of people who believe the right to protest is a fundamental part of British life.”
Last month Express.co.uk revealed how Republic had set up a petition against the taxpayer footing the bill for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal wedding which at the time had received more than 13,700 signatures online.
Today, the petition has reached 30,093 signatures as Kensington Palace confirmed the Royal Family will be paying for Harry's and Meghan wedding.
But Republic has questioned other aspects which could be publicly funded for the big day.
British taxpayers could be expected to pick up the bill for security at the wedding, as was the case for Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding in 2011.
When the couple's engagement was announced, a statement from Prince Harry's communication team said the royals will pay for the church service, associated music, flowers, decorations and the wedding reception.
The statement said: "Prince Harry and Ms Markle are leading the planning process for all aspects of the wedding.
“As was the case with the wedding of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, The Royal Family will pay for the core aspects of the wedding, such as the church service, the associated music, flowers, decorations, and the reception afterwards."
Express.co.uk has contacted the Thames Valley Police for comment.
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