Prince Andrew’s ‘demise’ and Prince Harry’s exit leaves Royal Family in desperate position


PRINCE ANDREW’s “demise” coupled with Prince Harry’s decision to walk away from the Royal Family has left the monarchy in a difficult position according to the CEO of Republic.

Mr Smith said: “Andrew’s demise and Prince Harry departure coming right on the back of each other put the monarchy in a difficult position because it is also in the decade that the Queen is likely to die.

“It leaves only William and Charles at the forefront, but they are not particularly interesting or inspiring, there is really no one else.

“There has been some speculation about bringing Edward back to the fore, but most people can’t remember him who are under 40 and are uninterested.

“They are running out of the star cast and it is not looking like it is going to improve.”


He continued: “I think it just gives the sense of a fairly sharp decline in the monarchy as an institution.

“They are running out of people that are willing and able to represent the monarchy and the country

“It shows that after the Queen there is no generation of the royals that even come close to commanding the level of support the Queen has.

“The Queen’s children and grandchildren are simply not in the same bracket as the Queen in terms of levels of support.”

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

Mr Fitzwilliams told “You cannot judge future monarchs before they ascend the throne and anticipate that they will have little support before they actually rule.

“The Queen has reigned with dignity, dedication to duty and a sense of purpose since 1952 and commands enormous support.

“Of course, it would be different.

“The truth is that the base of support that the monarchy has remained pretty consistent and there is no reason whatsoever to expect it to go down.

“A new reign is obviously a change of monarch. However, the duties, to be advised to encourage and warn would be just the same.”

He added: “It is possible that for a while there may be fewer working royals but it is only a matter of time before George and his siblings carry out royal engagements.

“William has already indicated he sees his grandmother as his role model and he couldn’t have chosen a better one.”


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