Whenever there is a semblance of crisis, whether it’s political or monarchy, there is a tendency for polls. I am not a great believer in them, but this one is very telling, and it’s clear Harry’s decision to turn his back on the royal family has had a very clear impact on public opinion, particularly the young.
And I am not surprised. The decision by Harry and Meghan to walk away from the royal role of supporting The Queen is still very fresh in people’s minds. As expected there is a divide between 18-34-year-olds and the over 55s, but taken as a whole more than 50 percent think Harry and Meghan were wrong. I happen to agree.
More than 70 percent think the monarchy is good for the country but it does bring into question the ageing monarch and her successor and that perhaps Prince William should be next in line.
At 93, the Queen is fit and healthy, as is Prince Charles, so there is absolutely no need for the succession to skip a generation.
That it is even being talked about puts the whole notion of succession into question.
Skipping a generation sets a dangerous precedent and could lead to calls for George, who would be in his late sixties or seventies the time his father’s reign came to an end, to step aside for his heir be it a son or a daughter.
HM the Queen and the Prince of Wales (Image: Getty)
The saying “if it ain’t broke why fix it” must apply to succession.
William’s turn will come, meanwhile Charles will succeed his mother and if the past couple of decades are anything to go by the monarchy will be in safe hands.
And besides, neither the Queen nor Prince of Wales had the luxury, as enjoyed by the Cambridges, of enjoying time as their children grew and developed.
For them, the call of duty was what took precedence.
The royals formerly known as the Fab Four (Image: Getty)
And what about the idea of a slimmed-down monarchy?
This is quite clearly is based on costs.
There is no question the UK gets pretty good value for money out of the monarchy.
The Queen pays for Andrew, Edward and Anne while Prince Charles is paid for by the Duchy of Cornwall, as are Princes William and Harry.
With the Duke of York effectively fired from royal duties and Harry and Meghan having walked off into the sunset to become financially independent, slim it down any further and there will nobody left.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK