Jeremy Corbyn suggested members of the British public would like to see some "changes" brought to the conduct and size of the Royal Family following the ongoing scandal surrounding Prince Andrew. The Labour leader had previously suggested the monarchical system "requires improvement" during the first leaders' debate last week. Discussing his views on the Royal Family with Sky News' host Sophy Ridge, Mr Corbyn said: "I think the behaviour of individuals within the Royal Family is being looked at, shall we say?
"I do think the question of the size of the Family and all they do but I do think the public as a whole would want to see those kinds of changes.
"The debate around the behaviour of Prince Andrew actually brought that to the fore."
Asked whether he thought the Royal Family was "too big", the Labour leader said: "Well, I think there’s a lot of people attached to the Royal Family."
But viewers took issue with his response, with several Twitter users pointing out working royals funnel large sums of money into the British economy through tourism.
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Royal news: Jeremy Corbyn sparked online criticism with his comments (Image: SKY NEWS•GETTY)
Royal news: Corbyn suggested he would like to see some "changes" in the Royal Familt (Image: SKY NEWS)
One user said: "I’d rather keep the Royal Family and the money is costs than keep 650 MP’s plus 1,000s of staff, usually family members, and all of their expenses and second homes.
"At least the Royal Family generates a bit of tourism."
Another wrote: "The size of the royal family is irrelevant and they are a national treasure (well some of them) and bring this country a lot of revenue in - also if he was to win, he’d probably tax the life out of them anyway #numpty."
One Twitter user added: "Is this so he can become our supreme commander? No thanks leave the Royal Family alone there the best thing we have.
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