Royal warning: Royal Family is ‘dividing’ UK ‘more than ever before’ in generational split

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THE Royal Family is dividing the UK “more than ever before” as a generational split can be seen in some polls according to the CEO of Republic.

Graham Smith told Express.co.uk following Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey that the Royal Family has become a “deeply divisive” issue. Republic is an organisation that campaigns for the monarchy to be abolished and Queen Elizabeth II to be replaced by an elected, democratic head of state.

Mr Smith said: “If nothing else I am always told that the monarchy unites the country.

“But it has become a deeply divisive issue more so than ever before, as we are seeing from the polls the country is divided on every question there is on the monarchy.

“Usually divided according to age and so on.”

He added: “There has been a big shift in polling but it is too early to see whether that is going to last.”

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry stepped down from the monarchy in March 2020 (Image: GETTY)
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry stepped down from the monarchy in March 2020 (Image: GETTY)

Prior to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s interview, republicanism in the UK was polled at around 20 percent.

Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams has criticised Republic’s campaign to abolish the monarchy.

Mr Fitzwillaims previously told Express co uk regarding Republic’s campaign: “This is not an accurate summary of the current standing of the royal family, which according to YouGov is roughly where it has usually been, with only around 20 percent for republicanism, which is its usual level of support.

In March 2021, a poll found that the British public did not support Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s decision to do a tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey.

During his HeirPod podcast, Omid Scobie analysed the findings of YouGov polls in the UK and US following the airing of the Oprah Winfrey interview.

The Finding Freedom biographer stated that the results of the UK poll mirrored the public push back against some of the claims made by Meghan Markle and Prince Harry against the Royal Family.

Mr Scobie said: “We certainly saw with a YouGov direct poll with 2,000-3,000 adults, they found that 40 percent of Americans believed it was appropriate to take part in the interview and be that candid.

“The remaining figure was the majority of people saying I don’t care and then others saying it was inappropriate.

The Royal Family tree (Image: EXPRESS)
The Royal Family tree (Image: EXPRESS)

“This is very different from the UK where 47 percent of those polled said that it was inappropriate for the couple to share their story despite what had come out from the interview.

“I guess this kind of mirrors the public push back we have seen against what are some very big claims against the Royal Family.

“Many people seemingly want to bury their heads in the sand and hope that it goes away.

“I imagine that certain family members are in the same position as that.”

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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