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Will The Royal Family Be Abolished When Charles Becomes King?

Will The Royal Family Be Abolished When Charles Becomes King?

The Queen turned 90 last year and when she fell ill with a nasty cold around Christmas time, people began to get very concerned about her health.

When she passes away, the throne will go to her eldest son, Prince Charles.

But Dr Bob Morris, of University College London's Constitution Unit, has made an amazing claim - he thinks that Charlie boy might be the one to destroy the British monarchy, as he told The Daily Star.

The Queen's uncle famously abdicated because of his attachment to twice-married Wallis Simpson and the fact he was a Nazi sympathiser, but even that didn't hold back the Windsor family for long, so we'll have to see.

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So how does he think Charles is going to bring down the Royal Family from the inside?

It's because of his meddling ways. The royal family was stripped of its right to be involved with the government back in 1688 and are supposed to remain neutral, although there's no legal basis for imposing this.

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Prince Charlie is very vocal about his passion projects, like farming, the environment, social deprivation and architecture.

His famous Black Spider Memos show that he's not above pressuring government officials with little notes.

Because of this, Dr Morris thinks Charles gets too involved to be called "neutral."

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"As King he would have the traditional rights to be consulted, to encourage and to warn."

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"Should a King seek to exceed these traditional duties, for example by publicly opposing his government's policies, then an impasse could ensue," he went on. Dr Morris warns that politicians would be angry and introduce an Act of Parliament following a Brexit-style yes-no referendum.

If the public voted yes, the monarchy could be abolished in the United Kingdom.

What would they do? Where would they go? Would they have to get jobs?!

Right now, three quarters of the British public like the royal family so it's unlikely that they'd vote to get rid of them, but then again, Charles isn't on the throne yet.

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Who exactly are the Windsors, anyway?

Well first of all, Windsor isn't even their real name. It was changed in 1917 from Saxe-Coburg and Gotha because of anti-German sentiment during World War I - so the House of Windsor is only a century old this year. It had been Prince Albert's surname - the Queen's great great grandmother was Queen Victoria. The Queen's father took over from his brother King Edward VIII when he abdicated just before World War II. Elizabeth II has been on the throne since 1952 - one of the longest reigning monarchs in the world!


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Words Laura Hamilton

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Topics: Prince Charles, The Queen, Royal Family