Young Brits want Prince Harry to become king next instead of Prince Charles or William

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Young Brits want Prince Harry to become king next instead of Prince Charles or Prince William.

In a new poll, it was found that the public want Prince Charles, who is first in the line of succession (opens in new tab), to skip his place on the throne and pass it straight down to Prince William when Her Majesty the Queen passes away.

It turns out that 18-25 year olds would prefer royal rebel Prince Harry, who stepped down (opens in new tab) from royal life to live in LA (opens in new tab), to take the crown. Despite his move across the pond, Harry could still become king (opens in new tab) one day.

Pollsters Deltapoll interviewed 1,590 adults about the future of the monarchy and found a big generational divide when it comes to who the British public want to be the sovereign when Queen Elizabeth II's reign ends.

The research also showed that the majority of those asked aren't keen on Charles being our next king, with just 27% wanting him to take his rightful spot on the throne.

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With series four of The Crown recently reminding the nation of Charles and Princess Diana's turbulent relationship, from their meeting (opens in new tab) to life after their wedding (opens in new tab), the Netflix smash hit may have played a part in Brits turning on the future king - and season five is on the way.

Meanwhile, 47% want to see the line of succession skip straight to William, bringing a younger feel to the monarchy and 23% of millennials would like to see Prince Harry, who is sixth in line to the throne, take on the role of king and 5% of older respondents think so too.

It was also found that over half of those polled think that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's bombshell interview with Oprah has damaged the reputation of the royal family.

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During the astonishing Oprah Winfrey chat, Meghan alleged that an unnamed member of the royal family expressed “concern” about the colour of baby Archie’s skin (opens in new tab) before he was born and hinted that she felt his race may have played a part in him not being given a royal title (opens in new tab).

It was later confirmed by Oprah that the remarks about Archie's race were not made by the Queen or Prince Philip (opens in new tab).

During a conversation about Archie not being made a prince, Oprah asked Meghan, “Do you think it’s because of his race? I know that’s a loaded question.”

“In those months when I was pregnant, all around this same time, we had the conversation of he won’t be given security, he’s not going to be given a title and, also, concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he’s born,” Meghan told Oprah.

“They were concerned that if he were too brown that that would be a problem?,” Oprah later asked.

“If that’s the assumption you’re making…that would be a safe one,” Meghan responded.

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Meghan also shared that she faced dark times with her mental health, claiming that she reached out to The Firm (opens in new tab) about feeling suicidal but didn’t receive any support.

The allegations made during the interview have undoubtedly changed many Brits' perceptions of the royal family.

Prince William responded (opens in new tab) days after it was aired, saying that his family are "very much not racist", while the Queen shared a statement expressing her sadness for how Meghan and her grandson felt during their time in the royal spotlight.

The statement read, “The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan.

“The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning. While some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately.

“Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved family members.”

Caitlin Elliott
Caitlin Elliott

Caitlin is a Junior News Editor for Goodto.com, covering all things royal, celeb, lifestyle, food, and family. Having set her sights on becoming a magazine journalist when she was a child, Caitlin took on work experience stints at local papers and titles such as Cosmopolitan, Now, Reveal and Take a Break while studying for her Multimedia Journalism degree and has interviews with celebs, reality stars and the Archbishop of Canterbury under her belt (of course, she couldn't resist asking him about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry).