The public wants Prince William to be king when the Queen’s reign ends in a blow for Charles

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Andrew, Duke of York appear on the balcony during Trooping The Color, the Queen's annual parade, on June 8, 2019 in London,

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The public wants the Crown to bypass the Prince of Wales and be handed over to Prince William at the end of the Queen’s reign, a poll has revealed.
The Duke of Cambridge has a 20-point lead – 47% to 27% – over his father Prince Charles, which is a blow to the heir’s popularity despite great strides in improving his public image over the two last decades.

But the youngest respondents aged 18 to 24 want Prince Harry to become king of his father and brother.

Although more than half – 51% – believe that Harry, 36, as well as his wife Meghan, 39, have damaged the reputation of the monarchy.

Deltapoll pollsters surveyed 1,590 adults between March 31 and April 1.

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Prince William is 20 points ahead of his father
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The data, weighted to be representative of the UK adult population as a whole, will come as a shock to the Royal Family, who launched a public relations campaign after Charles’ 1996 divorce from Princess Diana and their handling of her tragic death in 1997.

Just over 40% believe the monarch, who turns 95 on April 21, should stay in her place until her death.

A fifth believe she should abdicate if she is healthy, compared with 27% saying Britain’s longest-serving monarch should choose to abdicate if her health fails.

If given the choice of who should succeed him, William, 38, still comes out on top with Charles, 72, a good second.

For millennials – those between the ages of 25 and 40 – almost twice as many people prefer Harry to take over over Charles.

Among 18-24 year olds, Harry is the most popular choice, beating William 23% to 22%.

More people would like to see Prince Andrew stricken with throne scandal before Edward
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Surprisingly more people would like to see Prince Andrew stricken with the throne scandal before his younger brother Edward.

Andrew was forced to step down from official duties in 2019 after taking part in a BBC Newsnight interview exposing his relationship with convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

Harry and Meghan have continued to polarize opinion ever since they decided to leave The Firm and give Oprah Winfrey a revealing interview.

Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex looks on during the medal ceremony for the Women's 400 Meters during Athletics on Day 8 of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games at Carrara Stadium on April 12, 2018 on the Gold Coast, Australia
Prince Edward is the Earl of Wessex
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They accused an anonymous family member of questioning their unborn child’s skin color and claimed Meghan was told she could not seek help with mental health issues during the pregnancy.

But a margin of more than two to one – 58% to 23% – believes they should be stripped of their royal titles.

But 31% of those polled think their decisions made no difference to the reputation of the monarchy, while 9% think they improved the reputation.

But nearly two-thirds of baby boomers believe they’ve caused damage, compared with less than four in ten millennials.

Graham Smith, CEO of anti-monarchy group Republic, said: “No matter what the polls say, Charles will be king.

“Yet this poll tells us that people don’t care about the inheritance system anymore, they want a choice.

“The huge generation gap underscores how disconnected the royal family is from modern attitudes.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge arrive to officially open V&A Dundee on January 29, 2019 in Dundee, Scotland
The younger generation of royals would be the younger generation chosen by Britain
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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex are expecting second child together
And many young people support the rebel prince, Harry
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“This poll sets the monarchy up for a major crisis of support early in the decade that will likely see the succession of King Charles.

“As the end of the Queen’s reign approaches, this medieval system will collide with modern British values. And the only credible solution is for the people to choose our head of state.

“It’s time for Britain to have a serious adult debate over who is replacing the Queen. If voters want a choice that can only happen in a republic. “

Generational divide suggests monarchy must evolve

– Analysis, by Russell Myers

Riding a wave of good publicity after his efforts during the coronavirus crisis, it’s no surprise the British have backed William to be king.

One day he will ascend the throne and will no doubt be shaped by the experiences he gains each year, rising to the world stage and helping The Firm when called upon.

Young people seem less aware of Prince Charles' environmental credentials
Young people seem less aware of Prince Charles’ environmental credentials
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But many would do well to recognize the enormous contribution to society, not only at home but all over the world, made by the Prince of Wales.

Millennials support Wills and Harry’s environmental credentials, but they may not be aware Charles was doing just that before they sparkled in their parents’ eyes – recently celebrating 50 years of campaigning for a better world.

The generational gap is further highlighted by the younger generations who support Harry and Meghan’s decision to leave the family.

Amid accusations of racism and Sussex abandonment, which have yet to be proven or resolved, this may be a sign that the monarchy must continue to evolve if it is to remain relevant in the modern world.

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