US-based comic John Oliver doubles down on attack on Queen

John Oliver makes quip about The Queen and Princess Diana

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John Oliver lashed out at Sky News for censoring his joke about Queen Elizabeth II following her death. The British comedian had previously quipped the UK was “reeling from the shocking death of a 96-year-old woman from natural causes”. He went on to claim Brits were in “10 days of forced mourning”.

The HBO host has since doubled down on his royal attacks after claiming the Queen is “looking up at Diana”.

On Sunday’s episode of Last Week Tonight, he said: “You can’t just declare something and make it a reality.

“If I declare the Queen is alive, that doesn’t make it true.

“We all know she’s in the afterlife now, looking up at Diana.”

It comes as support for the monarchy has increased following the Queen’s funeral, a new poll has found.

Almost half of those polled by Ipsos on Tuesday and Wednesday said Britain would be worse if the monarchy was abolished while less than a quarter said the country would be improved as a republic.

The poll of 1,000 adults found 47 percent saying the UK would be worse without a monarch, up from 42 percent who said the same shortly after the Platinum Jubilee in June.

Only 22 percent said abolishing the monarchy would make the country better, the same proportion as in February 2022 and down slightly from 23 percent in June.

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Over the longer term, support for a republic has increased slightly from 15 percent in March 2018 while support for the monarchy continues to fluctuate around 45 percent.

Opinion on the monarchy is more divided among those aged between 18 and 34.

Only 33 percent of younger people believe the country would be worse off without a monarch while 32 percent believe the country would be better and 26 percent think it would make no difference.

Despite this ambivalence, a majority of the public now believes the monarchy will last for another half-century.


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Some 56 percent of people now expect the monarchy to last for at least another 50 years, up from 45 percent in March 2022.

The proportion saying Charles III will make a good King has risen from 49 percent to 61 percent, closer to the levels of support for the Prince of Wales, whom 72 percent expect to do a good job as King when the time comes.

Kelly Beaver, chief executive of Ipsos in the UK and Ireland, said: “After the sad events of the Queen’s passing, King Charles starts his reign with the majority of Britons optimistic that he will make a good king, and an increased belief in the longevity of the monarchy.

“As the country emerges from its mourning period, though, it will be important to track whether this is sustained, especially as the challenge of demonstrating relevance to younger generations remains.”

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