PRINCE CHARLES has been warned he may suffer popularity issues when he succeeds the Queen on the throne because of the public support the monarch has commandeered during her reign.
Prince Charles is expected to become the next king of the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland after his mother Queen Elizabeth II passes away. While the current sovereign has come to be a widely admired monarch globally, her son has been warned he may not enjoy the same levels of popularity as his mother. Speaking to Yahoo’s The Royal Box, royal expert Tim Ewart said: “The reality for the monarchy is that when the Queen dies one of the reasons for the monarchy’s popularity will be gone.
“A large part of the popularity of the monarchy is based on the personal popularity of the Queen.”
According to a survey of 9,404 British adults YouGov carried out between June 2018 and June 2019, the Queen is the most popular member of the Royal Family and the second most famous.A similar poll carried out in the same period of 9,287 people placed Prince Charles in seventh place – behind both his sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, their respective wives Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge and Meghan Markle, and his own father Prince Philip.
Mr Ewart continued: “Will that popularity transfer to her son? An open question, we don’t know.PROMOTED STORY
Prince Charles has been warned he may not enjoy the same amount of popularity as his mother (Image: GETTY)
The Queen has built up a good rapport with the public since taking over the throne in 1952 (Image: GETTY)
There are suggestions that he’s not as popular as she is. We know that.
“There are suggestions that he’s not as popular as she is. We know that.”
The royal expert also suggested Prince William and Prince Harry have helped increase the popularity of the Royal Family with an increasing amount of official appearances.
He added: “I think what they have done is appeal very greatly to a younger generation which is what the Queen wanted.”
Prince Charles has been closely shadowing his mother the Queen since he received the title of Prince of Wales in 1969 but he has increasingly taken on more duties over the past few years.
Prince Charles ranked seventh most popular in a YouGov popularity poll (Image: GETTY)
Royal author Phil Dampier said earlier this month: “He is starting to do that already, being at the state opening in Parliament and the Commonwealth conference.
“He is starting to take over a lot of the duties and doing the investitures.”
And Prince Charles’ eldest son William has also been seen taking on a larger role alongside wife Kate, Duchess of Cambridge by nature of his position in the pecking order.
Prince Charles is expected to make his wife Camilla his Queen Consort (Image: GETTY)
“William has really had to up the ante and take on a lot of this heavy lifting.”
Both Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall are expected to relocate to Buckingham Palace when the Prince of Wales becomes King.
Prince Charles is yet to decide whether to give his second wife Camilla Parker Bowles the title Queen Camilla after the pair married in 2005.
Since then there has been ongoing uncertainty over Camilla’s potential title, which will not be officially confirmed until he eventually succeeds his mother, the Queen.
Royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams told Express.co.uk: “The question of Camilla as Queen Consort, regarded now as a virtual certainty when Charles ascends to the throne, is never likely to be popular in the polls.
“It is universally acknowledged however that they are inseparable and perfect for each other. The Prince has done a phenomenal amount for charity and it is, to put in mildly, uncharitable not to accept the love of his life.
“Camilla’s image has also improved enormously, not only as she obviously makes him happy but by her involvement in numerous charitable activities.
“The announcement that she will be Queen Consort will take place within a day of Charles ascending the throne. However, in the run-up to the Coronation, her suitability for the role is likely to be much debated.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK