The people have spoken! A new survey released this week shows that nearly half of the British public want Prince Charles to step aside and let his eldest son, Prince William, become the next king upon the death of Queen Elizabeth.
The survey, conducted by BMG Research on behalf of The Independent, revealed that 46 per cent of Brits want Charles to abdicate — a result that, considering his middling popularity in the U.K., should come as no real surprise.
As for Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall? Well, only a mere 20 per cent of those surveyed want to see her take the title of queen.
Charles is the longest-serving heir apparent in British history, becoming first in line to the throne back in 1952 upon his grandfather George VI’s death and his mother’s succession. (For those keeping track, that’s a whopping 67 years!)
Many of the 1,500 people polled said they thought the 70-year-old Prince of Wales shouldn’t become the next king, with 27 per cent voicing “strong support” for a move to directly pass the crown to William and another 19 per cent saying they would “somewhat support” a plan to skip over Charles.
Only 13 per cent said they would “strongly oppose” the notion of favouring William over Charles while 11 per cent said they would “somewhat oppose” the idea. Less than a third of those surveyed — roughly 29 per cent — expressed no direct opinion on the matter.
Somewhat surprisingly, however, the idea of Charles abdicating appears to be most popular with young people in the 18 to 24 demographic, which goes directly against the assumption, made by many, that the majority of anti-Charles sentiment dates back to his disastrous marriage to the late Diana, Princess of Wales — which occurred well before some of those polled were even born. Suffice to say, never underestimate the popularity and appeal of the new generationally aligned Fab Four — Princes William and Harry and their wives, the Duchesses of Cambridge and Sussex.