A republican campaign group has called for an honest debate about the future of the monarchy following revelations in the interview given by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to Oprah Winfrey.
Anti-monarchy group Republic said the institution is facing “its worst crisis since the abdication in 1936”.
Republic’s chief executive, Graham Smith, said the monarchy is “tolerated because of a carefully managed but dishonest image” that has been created over the years.
“The monarchy has just been hit by its worst crisis since the abdication in 1936. Whether for the sake of Britain or for the sake of the younger royals, this rotten institution needs to go,” he said.
“Some people will say ‘Well, you would say that’, but this interview has only served to highlight what a lot of people have known for years: the monarchy is rotten to the core and does not reflect British values.
“Most people in the UK don’t give a second thought to the royals, they’re just not that interested.
“The monarchy is tolerated because of a carefully managed but dishonest image that’s been created over the past few decades.”
Smith said people were now “getting a much clearer picture of what the monarchy is really like”, adding that is “doesn’t look good”.
He went on: “With the Queen likely to be replaced by King Charles during this decade, the position of the monarchy has rarely looked weaker.
“We now need honesty in the monarchy debate that has been sorely lacking until now. Honesty about the democratic alternative, honesty about royal corruption, honesty about costs, tourism and every other bit of nonsense trotted out by royalists for years,” Smith said.
“Britain is better than this. We deserve better than this. The monarchy will always be part of our history. It mustn’t be part of our future.”