The head of the anti-monarchist group Republic told LBC’s Tom Swarbrick that the royal family’s “shine is coming off”.
Graham Smith argued the next generation of royals after the Queen will be in “a lot of trouble” over the next decade as opinions in the royal family will begin to change. The Chief Executive of Republic pointed to the controversy surrounding Prince Andrew and the way Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stepped down from royal duties as events that have left royal enthusiasts unimpressed.
The LBC host quizzed Mr Smith on the news cities and towns around the country will not fly the flag to mark Prince Andrew’s birthday this year.
Mr Swarbrick said: “I wonder if this is an act of defiance against the institution of the royal family as much as the individual themselves?
Mr Smith replied: “Yes, I think to some extent, the shine is coming off.
“I think people are unimpressed with Prince Andrew and the Meghan and Harry announcement.
“The monarchy is in quite a lot of trouble over the next decade.
The Queen is 94 in April and, despite her good health, Prince Charles’ reign as King is approaching.
Mr Smith said: “People are not that impressed or interested in the royals anymore.
“Any respect people have for the Queen does not make a difference anymore because people are looking at the next generation of royals while being reminded that Prince Andrew has not lived up to the expectations people would have had 30 years ago.”
Mr Swarbrick said: “I think you’re right as much as we have had conversations about Britain post Brexit I think there is a big question around the monarchy post the Elizabethan age.”
Last month a delta poll revealed a “generational divide” among the British public when evaluating the positive contribution individual members of the Royal Family make to the country.
The participants were broken down by age into groups, Millennials in their 20s and 30s, Generation X in their 40s and 50s and the Baby Boomers.
Prince William was the most popular royal with all groups.
The poll looked at five individuals within the royal family, Prince Charles, Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
Prince Charles divided the generations the most as 61 percent of Baby Boomers felt the heir to the thrown makes a positive contribution to society, putting him second after Prince William with that age group.
However, only 22 percent of Millennials felt the same way, meaning Prince Charles was ranked fourth by that age group and interestingly only 2 percent above Meghan Markle in 5th place on 20 percent.
Last month Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announced they would resign as ‘senior’ members of the royal family.