New poll shows almost half think Prince Harry should be axed from line of succession

20:18pm, Mon 22 Feb 2021
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Nearly half those quizzed in a new poll believe Prince Harry should be removed from the line of succession.

The Duke of Sussex remains sixth in line to the throne, despite quitting as a senior working royal in a bid for personal freedom and to earn his own money in the US.

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The snap survey of 4,203 adults was carried out by YouGov on Monday – three days after the Megxit divorce was finalised.

Harry and Meghan (PA Archive)

Buckingham Palace confirmed last week that Harry and the Duchess of Sussex’s departure was permanent.

They will not return as working royals and the Queen has stripped them of their royal patronages and Harry of his honorary military roles.

The Sussex camp retorted with a parting shot by saying “We can all live a life of service. Service is universal”,  prompting accusations they were being disrespectful to the Queen and her decades of public duty.

Harry and the Queen (PA Archive)

YouGov found that 49% of those questioned felt the 36-year-old duke should be removed from the succession line.

Some 28% said he should not be removed, while almost a quarter (24%) did not know.

Over 65-year-olds were more than twice as likely (62%) as 18-24-year-olds (28%) to believe the duke should no longer be in line to the throne.

The first seven in the current line of succession are: The Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cambridge, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis, Harry, and Archie Mountbatten-Windsor.

Harry has retained his HRH style which he has had from birth but he no longer uses it.