Princess claims 'animals don't have rights because they don't pay taxes'

Princess Michael of Kent says animals don't have rights as they don't pay taxes Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA

Princess Michael of Kent has sparked public outrage after claiming that animals don't have rights because they don't pay taxes.

The outspoken royal told an audience at the Henley Literary Festival that despite being an animal lover she did not believe they had rights as "you only have rights if you pay your taxes".

She said:

The Princess' comments drew criticism on Twitter:

ITV News has contacted the Princess' press office for a response to her comments.