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Prince William and Prince Charles told they are unfit to replace Queen Elizabeth II

Republic is an organisation that campaigns for the abolishment of the monarchy and the replacement of Queen Elizabeth II with an elected, democratic head of state. Its Graham Smith told Express.co.uk that the UK needs to have the option to choose who replaces the Queen instead of the Prince of Wales automatically taking the throne. 

Mr Smith said: "I think we need to move away from people sitting back as spectators being told who their head of state is going to be.

"We need to have a choice, it is clear people want to have a choice.

"For years there has been polling saying that there is no majority in favour of either Charles, William or other royals succeeding the Queen.

"Clearly, there is a division of opinion and if you want to have a choice of who it is going to be you cannot just pick between two royals.

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Prince Charles and Prince William are first and second in line to the throne (Image: Getty)

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Prince Charles is the Queen's eldest son and the Duke of Cornwall (Image: Getty)

"You must have a vote, that is called a republic.

"It is time to scrap the whole lot and let the British people vote for the next head of state rather than us being told we are going to be spectators that just have to like it or lump it when Charles takes the throne."

During the same interview, Mr Smith also raised concerns regarding the possibility of a serious political crisis arising when Prince Charles succeeds Queen Elizabeth II as King. 

He said: "The monarchy tends to survive because of the Queen.

"Prince Charles is not as well liked or supported.

"He is also much easier to challenge and criticise, the problem with him is that he cannot help himself when it comes to interfering with politics.

"If we have just one serious issue where the Government, after he becomes King, changes its policy to match what Charles has said on the public record previously then we have to start asking questions as to whether they did that because they thought it was a good idea or because Prince Charles was lobbying them privately. That would cause a very serious crisis." 

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Republic campaigns for the Queen to be replaced with an elected head of state (Image: Getty)

Mr Smith's organisation has made a film regarding the Prince of Wales titled 'The Man Who Shouldn't be King'.

He added: "We have made a documentary titled ‘The Man Who Shouldn’t be King’ about Prince Charles.

"We are and I think a lot of people are concerned about Charles becoming King.

"I think he is going to hasten the end of the monarchy.

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