Prince William and Charles would be ‘defeated heavily’ in election for UK’s head of state

Prince William 'not used to being challenged' says expert

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Graham Smith told that Prince William and Prince Charles’ lack of experience in competitive public debates and being challenged would hinder the royals’ attempts at winning an election on the UK’s next head of state if one was to ever occur. Republic is an organisation that campaigns for Queen Elizabeth II to be replaced by an elected, democratic head of state and the monarchy to be abolished. 

Mr Smith said: “People often say that if there was an election tomorrow, Charles would win or William would win.

“I don’t agree, because these people are not used to being challenged at all.

“Charles does not stand on podiums with other people and is argued with.

“They do not get into public debates where they can be told they are wrong.

“They do not do speeches where they can be booed or heckled, where they have to answer questions afterward from an audience.

“These are all the things you have to be prepared to do if you want to stand for election.”

The CEO of Republic continued: “They may decide to put their name on the ballot and not do all of those things and hope that their name gets them through.

“But I suspect if they did try to do those things they would probably do them very badly as they are not used to it.

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“I suspect that they would either not put themselves at risk of doing that or be defeated, quite heavily.”

There are no plans for an election to be held in the UK to choose Queen Elizabeth II’s successor.

As first in line to the throne, Prince Charles will become the UK’s head of state after his mother.

Prince William is second in line to the throne and will eventually replace Prince Charles as the UK’s head of state.


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An election to choose the UK’s head of state would only be held if Britain became a Republic.

Republicanism in the UK has been polled at around 20 percent.

Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams has criticised Republic’s campaign to abolish the monarchy.

Mr Fitzwillaims previously told regarding Republic’s campaign: “This is not an accurate summary of the current standing of the royal family, which according to YouGov is roughly where it has usually been, with only around 20 percent for republicanism, which is its usual level of support.

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