BRITAIN DIVIDED OVER FUTURE OF MONARCHY
A SHOCK poll has revealed the crisis of public confidence facing the Royal Family with Britons split over its future role in the wake of Meghan and Harry’s dramatic departure.
Our exclusive survey shows that less than half of young adults now
Women are significantly more likely than men to agree that their opinion of Kate has become more favourable in light of Harry and Meghan’s exit from the Royal family (33% versus 26%)
Over half of adults aged 55+ (55%) agree that Harry has made a mistake stepping back from the Royal Family, in comparison to less than a quarter of those aged 18-34 (24%)
believe that the monarchy is “good for the UK”, raising serious questions about how it continues to function.
While the monarchy still has steadfast backing among the older generation and overall 61 per cent think it benefits Britain, the slump in support among younger people will cause concern in the wake of Harry and Meghan’s decision to step down from royal duties and live in Canada.
The poll also shows that nearly half of those questioned think the monarchy should be slimmed down.
In what will be a huge jolt to Buckingham Palace officials still reeling from the constitutional crisis created by Harry and Meghan’s decision, the Savanta ComRes poll commissioned for the Daily Express today reveals:
● Just 48 per cent of those aged between 18-34 agree the monarchy is good for the UK, while 73 per cent of those aged 55 think it is.
● 47 per cent think the monarch should be reduced in size, while only 15 per cent disagreed.
● 44 per cent say it is unacceptable for Harry and Meghan to trade on their royal background for commercial gain while only 27 per cent said it was acceptable.
● 40 per cent think Harry has made a mistake relinquishing his royalty with 31 per cent supporting his move.
● 45 per cent want William to become the next monarch ahead of Charles with 20 per cent disagreeing.
Dickie Arbiter, former press secretary to the Queen, said last night: “As expected there is a divide between 18-34 year olds and over 55s but taken as a whole over 50 per cent think Harry and Meghan were wrong. I happen to agree.
“There is no question the UK gets pretty good value for money out of the monarchy [but] with Prince Andrew effectively fired from royal duties and Harry and Meghan having walked off into the sunset to become financially independent, slim it down any further and there won’t be anybody left.”
The results are the first clear assessment of public opinion on the Royal Family and its relevance in modern Britain after a tumultuous few weeks for the House of Windsor in which the sixth in line to the throne dropped his bombshell and announced to the world he and his family were effectively leaving the Royal Family.
In a remarkable public statement they said they were quitting to become financially independent but, according to the poll, a significant proportion of people think they were wrong to do so and as a consequence would like to see a slimmed-down version of the monarchy.
Harry’s decision to turn his back on royal duties deeply upset the Queen and has rocked the monarchy to its core, raising questions about its role in 21st-century
Britain. The public response to his stance highlights the generational divide in opinion. More than half of adults aged 55 and over agree he made a mistake, compared to less than a quarter of those aged 18-34. It has also led to a surge of support for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with many believing the monarchy now has an opportunity to renew itself by skipping a generation when the Queen’s reign ends.While Kate has seen a