Royal Family support to plummet after Queen’s reign as Meghan and Harry exposed monarchy

Queen: 'Once she's gone the monarchy has too' says Smith

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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. Graham Smith told Express.co.k that Queen Elizabeth II’s children do not have the same level of support as the UK’s current monarch.

Mr Smith said: “The Queen is the monarchy for most people, when she is gone the monarchy is gone for most people.

“What they will be left with is her son wanting what she had and people will say we are not really that interested and her grandson tagging along.

“That will be it, there will not be anybody else, King Charles, Prince William, most people have never heard of Edward, most people do not want to hear about Andrew.

“Princess Anne is also in her 70s and people are not particularly interested.

“Then you have got the Sussexes in America as a constant reminder of the realities of the royal household.”

However, this view was strongly criticised by royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams.

Mr Fitzwilliams told Express.co.uk: “This ignores one of the fundamentals of the institution of monarchy and its appeal. It stretches back over 1,000 years save for the brief interregnum of the Civil War in the 16th Century.

“It is a symbol of national unity, an institution above party politics and has the headship of the Commonwealth, which will pass to Charles which was not automatic.

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“It exerts enormous interest abroad, royal trips spread goodwill and help British business, the royals are attached to 3,000 institutions and organizations and also, there is the attraction of the uniquely brilliant ceremonial of a royal wedding or jubilee. There are the benefits of tourism too.

“This also reduces it to personalities far too much, the Queen, with her dedication to duty is indeed unique.

“It is untrue that people will expect Charles to be the same as no one could be, but the responsibilities of the role are the same and I don’t doubt he will perform them well, though obviously for a far shorter period of time.

“His work for the Prince’s Trust and for the environment will count in his favour too.”

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The royal commentator continued: “William has established considerable public support for his role as our future king and his campaigns on mental health, to preserve endangered wildlife species and for the environment are excellent and his partnership with Kate, the future Queen Consort, is extremely popular. In time their children and their spouses will perform royal duties too.

“There is an obvious reference here to the difficult period this has undoubtedly been for the monarchy, but just look at the state of some republics.

“America has only recently got rid of Trump, Angela Merkel in Germany is ending her period in office in deep trouble, to name but two famous examples.

“The Windsors have a remarkable capacity to reinvent themselves as past decades have shown and we will undoubtedly see further change as every decade throws up new challenges.

“The royal family, as its embracing of new technology has proved, changes with the times and will retain popular support.”

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