New York Times readers threaten to cancel subscription over attack

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The New York Times has been bombarded with threats from its readers they will cancel their $17-a-month subscription after its latest attack on the Queen in the wake of her death. The American news outlet has been branded “absolute ghouls” after it published a story noting British taxpayers would foot the bill for the monarch’s funeral, which will reportedly cost millions of pounds.

The New York Times pointed out it was a “hefty price tag” while Britain tackled rising inflation.

But the outlet was branded disrespectful for carrying the article just days after Britain’s longest reigning monarch died, aged 96.

Twitter user Doreen Wilson tweeted: “Your newspaper has been unfailingly full of snark, on a story that doesn’t belong to you.

“Disappointing. I subscribed for five years, but you’ve confirmed the wisdom of letting it go.”

Robert Corbishley said the price to taxpayers would still be less than the $7 paper. 

He tweeted: “Less per person than the price of one copy of your ‘newspaper’.”

Others said they were happy to pay for the state funeral following the death of Her Majesty.

Polyphonic tweeted: “As a British taxpayer I can tell you that’s what the majority of fellow taxpayers are happy with.

Julian O’Donovan posted: “5p per household? I think we’ll manage.

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@eriksigmarsson added: “They also bring in multiple more money than they cost in taxes.”

Political commentator Tom Harwood tweeted: “The British Government just committed north of £100bn to help with the cost of living.

“The Queen’s funeral will cost be a fraction of that.

“You absolute ghouls.”

The article read: “The hefty price tag for Queen Elizabeth II comes as consumer prices in Britain are rising at their fastest pace in decades, with inflation exceeding 10 percent.

“Many people are worried about how they will pay for heating this winter, as average household bills increase by 80 percent next month, underpinned by soaring energy prices.”

It comes as the new monarch King Charles III came under a renewed attack from the New York Times over his wealth.

The outlet published an article which claimed the new monarch “disconnected” for enjoying tax privileges while the British public is “reliant on food banks”.

It said Charles as the Prince of Wales spent “half a century turning his royal estate into a billion-dollar portfolio”.

The Queen’s state funeral will take place in Westminster Abbey at 11am on Monday, before the procession makes its way to Wellington Arch and then on to Windsor Castle.

A committal service will then be conducted in St George’s Chapel in Windsor.

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