‘Prince Charles should let Prince William be King’, say almost half of Brits

Almost half of the UK has said they want Prince Charles to let Prince William be King when he ascends the throne, despite thinking the Prince of Wales will do good job.

The latest royal opinion polling from Ipsos has 42% of Brits hoping that the crown skips a generation.

The pollsters asked 2,055 British adults various royal questions on March 24 and 25. Despite lots not wanting to wait for King William, 48% still reckon Charles will do a good job as King.

In fact, only 19% said they thought he'd be a bad monarch, with 27% saying he will do neither a good nor bad job.

Regardless, only 24% wanted Charles to stay in place as King and see out his tenure, with 29% having no strong opinion on the matter.

It was also revealed that Charles is becoming an increasingly popular member of The Firm. The amount of people who view him favourably leapt 11 percentage points from 2018, up to 43%.

Gideon Skinner, head of political research at Ipsos, said: "Looking to the future, half of Britons have faith in Prince Charles as a future king and more people view him in a positive light than four years ago.

"However, with the popularity of Prince William not far behind that of the Queen, Britons also wonder whether Prince Charles should step aside in favour of his eldest son. But their actions now are still important for the longer-term future of the royal family."

To nobody's surprise the vast majority of us view the Queen favourably – 69% to be exact.

Her grandson William trails closely behind on 64%, with Kate Middleton just behind her husband on 60%.

There are also no prizes for guessing which royals come in near the bottom of the favourability rankings. Prince Harry has dropped a whopping 35 percentage points from 2018, with only 30% of Brits having a good opinion of the Duke of Sussex.

He is closely followed by his wife Meghan Markle at 24%, whereas 69% of people had an unfavourable opinion of Prince Andrew.

In good news for the Royal Family, more than four in 10 people (44%) thought abolishing the monarchy would be worse for Britain – twice as many as the 22% who think it would be better.

Skinner added: "At the moment only a minority of people believe Britain would be better off without the monarchy, and the popularity of the Queen and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge remains strong."

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