Graham Smith told Express.co.uk that Prince Charles and Prince William do not have the same connection with the public as Queen Elizabeth II. The Republic CEO added that Prince Charles will inherit the throne from the Queen but not the respect she holds. Republic is an organisation that campaigns for the monarchy to be abolished and the Queen to be replaced by an elected, democratic head of state.
Mr Smith said: “For most people, the Queen is the monarchy and the monarchy is the Queen.
“She is that person that has that link back to the war and pre-war era.
“It has that historical link back to a very different Britain.
“Charles just does not have that connection, William even less so.
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“While Charles will inherit the throne, he will not inherit the respect that the Queen has.
“So it is inevitable that Charles will usher in an era of plummeting popularity and plummeting interest.”
He added: “People will just be looking at three ordinary blokes, Charles William and Harry and thinking why are we doing this, why are they special, what is different about them that puts them on this pedestal?”
However, royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams has previously criticised Republic’s views on the monarchy.
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.”
A YouGov poll in March 2021, found that 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 Frey.