Meghan Markle: Holly Willoughby clashes with royal biographer
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Express.co.uk readers can vote in our poll on whether the UK should hold a referendum on the future of the Monarchy. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have sparked a royal crisis following their bombshell interview with Oprah. Following the interview, Sunday Times journalist Hannah Al-Othman took to Twitter, quipping: “How about we have a referendum on whether or not to have a monarchy?
“Think that’ll definitely go really well and really bring the country together.”
But, a recent poll by Ipsos MORI does hint at the possible results if such a referendum were to be held.
In an online poll, that was conducted on March 3-4, a sample of 1,065 adults aged 18-75 were asked if the abolition of the Monarchy would be good or bad for Britain.
The results found that more UK citizens said the abolition of the monarchy would make the UK’s future worse, 43 percent, than make it better, 17 percent, and 34 percent said it would not make a difference.
Kelly Beaver, Managing Director of Public Affairs at Ipsos MORI, said: “Our new research shows that the Royal Family continues to be viewed as part of what makes Britain traditional, whilst there is also an increase in those who see it as a sign of power.
“The Royal Family have, in recent years, faced a significant increase in media interest and not all of it positive, but this has done little to dent Britons’ fondness for the Queen, who tops the poll as the most popular royal.
“In addition, there is little sign of an increase in those who think the abolition of the monarchy would be a good thing, with just 17 percent who think it would be better for the future of the country.”
The poll, which took place before Meghan and Harry’s interview, found that the Royal Family is most likely to make citizens of the UK think of their nation as a traditional and powerful country.
In the poll, 59 percent of those who participated said they associate being traditional more with the UK due to the monarchy.
A total of 62 percent of those polled said they were more likely to view the UK as powerful because of the monarchy.
This sentiment was up from 20 percent from a poll conducted three years ago.
Following on from Ms Al-Othman’s tweet, many of her followers debated the historical precedents set by other nations of having a referendum on their monarchies.
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One follower tweeted: “I recall that Italy had a referendum after the war and so did Greece after the fall of the junta, both losses for team monarchy.”
Another said: “I think Norway is the only country on earth to have had a referendum on their monarchy in 1905.
“Their first King was Danish and their first Queen was British.”
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