Prince Charles and Prince William are in-line to the throne after Queen Elizabeth II. However, Graham Smith, an anti-monarchy, doesn't think the monarchy will survive after Her Majesty because the two are "synonymous."
How's Prince Charles and Prince William's Future As Kings After Queen Elizabeth II
Prince Charles is the heir apparent and he is expected to take over the throne after Queen Elizabeth II. Prince William will be the next head of the monarch after the Prince of Wales.
The Queen has maintained the monarchy afloat in her 70-year reign despite the countless controversies the royal family endured in the past years. However, those who are not supportive of the monarchy things its future hangs in the balance after the current monarch.
"The monarchy and the queen are synonymous for most people," Graham Smith, chief executive of anti-monarchy group Republic, told Reuters (via Express). "Once we're past the end of the Queen's reign, all bets are off as to where public opinion is going to go."
Smith added that it just takes an act of parliament to end the monarchy. However, there is a likelihood that there would be a need for a referendum first.
Meanwhile, Sunday Times columnist Camilla Long believed Prince Andrew's sexual assault lawsuit tainted the monarchy's reputation. Virginia Giuffre alleged that the duke forced her to have sex with him three times when she was just 17.
Prince Charles And Prince William Got The Britons' Support To Continue The Monarchy
Despite Smith's claims, the people are supportive of the royal family. YouGov created a poll in December 2020 and two-thirds of the respondents (63 percent) voted to continue the monarchy over having an elected head of state.
Even younger adults between 18 and 24 favor the monarchy, but the rate has reduced. Only half of them, about 42 percent, wanted to have kings and queens. Meanwhile, 34 percent prefer to have elected officials as the head of state.
However, more preferred Prince William to take over the throne after Queen Elizabeth II, instead of his father, Prince Charles. However, that is unlikely to happen because it is already set that the Prince of Wales will succeed the Queen. Also, he has prepared all his life for the role.
Stay tuned for more news and updates about the Queen, Prince William, Prince Charles, and the monarchy's future.