Prince Charles' lack of popularity discussed by expert
Graham Smith told Express.co.uk that a section of the British public do not want Prince Charles to succeed Queen Elizabeth II as the UK's head of state and instead want to be given a choice. However, the Republic CEO admitted that Prince Charles will take the throne after his mother regardless of his ranking in opinion polls.
Mr Smith said: "People do not particularly want Charles, I suspect the people that say Charles are the believers who think it ought to be Charles because he is the heir.
"And so their reaction is that, of course, it should be Charles.
"I think everybody else wants to have a choice.
"This is where British values and people's expectations and opinions about individuals collide with the monarchy.
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Prince Charles is first in line to the throne
Queen Elizabeth II has been the UK's head of state since 1952
"The monarchy does not adapt or change and there is no way it can accommodate that wish for a choice.
"Regardless of the opinion polls, it will be Charles, he could come in with one percent of support in every opinion poll for the next five years and it will still be him becoming head of state after the Queen.
"I think that is going to cause some significant problems and that is why they want to keep Charles front and centre, to try and win people around."
Republic is an organisation that campaigns for Queen Elizabeth II to be replaced with an elected, democratic head of state.
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A YouGov poll in March 2021, found Prince William was the most popular choice for the UK's next head of state.
Despite being first in line to the throne, Prince Charles ranked behind David Attenborough and Boris Johnson in the poll as well as receiving the same level of support as Stephen Fry.
Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams has previously criticised Republic's views on the monarchy.
Mr Fitzwilliams told Express.co.uk the Royal Family is Britain's greatest soft power asset.
He said: "The taxpayer gets an extraordinary bargain from the Crown Estate which brought in £345million in 2019/20.
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"These are surrendered at the beginning of a reign and in return the Sovereign Grant, 15 percent of their value, is now returned to the monarch.
"Over a decade an extra 10 percent is being spent on refurbishing Buckingham Palace, which had not been done for decades."
Mr Fitzwilliams added: "It benefits Britain financially in several other ways, through tourism, the benefits from royal trips abroad to British business and the interest from the international media is simply vast, something Republic cannot ever explain.
"The monarchy is Britain's greatest soft power asset."