Royal Family drama unlikely to persuade Australia to stay with monarchy

Australian Senator Lidia Thorpe slams Queen and Royal Family

The ongoing drama in the Royal Family will not convince Australians to vote to keep the monarchy should they hold a referendum on the royals, according to an expert.

Associate Professor of History at the University of Sydney, Cindy McCreery, told that it would be “more logical” to suggest that the opposite is the case, as there are other “external, long running reasons” why Australia may vote to become a republic.

In an article for the Daily Mail, columnist Angela Mollard claimed that the ongoing feud between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and the rest of the Firm is welcome tabloid fodder for younger Australians.

She wrote: “Yet we are captivated by the tantrums and tiaras.

“We might not have quite the reverence we afforded the late Queen Elizabeth, but Megxit, Spare and The Crown have repositioned the royals as light entertainment for a generation who engage more with the drama and less the history.”

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She added: “However disrespectful it might sound, the Royal Family are the Kardashians with crowns for many younger Australians.

“Our tabloid magazine industry certainly still sees them as a money-spinner – just look at the supermarket shelves – and as a royal commentator on two of our popular TV networks I’m routinely stopped by members of the public asking about some royal story or another.

“‘What do you think will happen with Meghan and Harry?’ has replaced house prices as a staple barbecue conversation starter, particularly as Sydney enjoys unseasonably warm midwinter temperatures of 25 degrees.”

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Since the election of Labor Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and the death of Queen Elizabeth last year, republicanism has once again become a pertinent topic in Australia.

Mr Albanese has said there will be another referendum on the monarchy if he is elected to a second term, after the last one was held in 1999.

The Australian state of Victoria has also recently pulled out of hosting the Commonwealth Games in 2026 – although the Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has cited financial concerns as the reason, others have seen the move as a swipe at the monarchy.

The fallout between Prince Harry and Prince William is proving to be another headache for King Charles, as there have now bee talks of an intervention between them, according to a royal commentator.

In Spare Harry details a number of fights that took place between the brothers, including one where William “lunged” for him and “grabbed his shirt”.

In another altercation William reportedly pushed Harry onto the floor and he landed on a dog bowl, which broke and cut Harry’s skin.

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