Britons want William, not Charles as next king

LONDON Sun Nov 21, 2010 12:37am GMT

Prince William and his fiancee Kate Middleton (L) pose for a photograph in St. James's Palace, central London November 16, 2010. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett

Prince William and his fiancee Kate Middleton (L) pose for a photograph in St. James's Palace, central London November 16, 2010.

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LONDON (Reuters) - Prince William and his fiancée Kate Middleton should be the next king and queen, not the heir to the throne Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, two polls showed on Saturday.

An ICM poll, published in the News of the World newspaper, showed that 64 percent of people wanted William and his future bride as next in line to the throne, while a YouGov poll in the Sunday Times found the majority of Britons thought William would make a better king than his father Charles.

Charles, 62, is currently next in line to the throne, now occupied by his mother Queen Elizabeth, 84. The public has no say in who should be their next king or queen, a largely symbolic role in a country run as a parliamentary democracy.

The ICM survey also found that fewer than one in five people wanted the crown to pass to Charles and Camilla. The YouGov poll showed that 44 percent of people thought Charles should make way for his son to become the next king, against 37 percent who thought he should not.

William and Middleton, both aged 28, announced their engagement this week, the photogenic couple drawing extensive media coverage.

Charles is seen by some as too old to inject vitality in the monarchy should he eventually succeed his mother. Charles's wife Camilla is nowhere near as popular as his first wife, Princess Diana, who died in a car crash in 1997 after they had divorced.

The surveys come a day after Charles, in a television interview, said Camilla could be queen if he is crowned king. Charles married Camilla, his long-time lover, five years ago and at the time of the marriage, it was officially decided that she would have the title Princess Consort if Charles becomes king.

A CNN/ComRes poll this week found that more than three-quarters of those surveyed believed William and Middleton's wedding would be good for the monarchy.

While many Britons welcome William's wedding, set for spring or summer next year, some have expressed concern that a lavish event would be inappropriate for a country reeling from harsh austerity measures to tackle a record budget deficit.

(Reporting by Mohammed Abbas: Editing by David Stamp)

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Wabit wrote:
This is nothing new. The people have said right from day one that Charles should not be King. Without going into details it is widely accepted that Charles has blotted his copy book and as such is simply not suitable to say the least to become the next King of England. It is good that this is now out in the open and I hope that when the time comes that Charles will do the right thing and abdicate, leaving the way clear for William and his new bride to take their rightful place where they will be much loved and respected by the people of this country. I wish them well!

Nov 21, 2010 7:23am GMT  --  Report as abuse
Corrigenda wrote:
You can tell the ones who have never had to make a senior management appointment can’t you? Such trite reasons for not wanting the guy to be King. In fact as every person able to assess a man for a senior or special job knows, Charles will make an excellent King. His persistent and successful involvement in the interests of disadvantaged youngsters, the military and many charities and his exercising his constitutional rights to counsel and advise government make him immeasurably more suited than his son. It’s also odd to see how well those who suggested William instead seem to see in William someone who is “more suited” than his father yet it has been just him – his father – who has been responsible for bringing William (and Harry for that matter) to a balanced adulthood and able to take on his destiny. The mind boggles at just how blind people can be – especially those who can only focus on wanting some sort of perfection in life style, ability and managerial competence of everyone in the Royal Family – attributes that so often even they themselves do not have. We shall be well served by Charles.

Nov 21, 2010 4:38pm GMT  --  Report as abuse
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