Prince William To Be King Over Prince Charles? Inside The Shocking New UK Poll

A shocking new poll shows that most of the UK would rather see Prince William become the King of England over Prince Charles. The Prince of Wales is next in line to inherit the crown but has struggled to boost his popularity over the years. The new poll proves that Charles has failed to win widespread support for his claim, but what are the chances that he abdicates in favor of his son?

Prince Charles and Prince William
Prince Charles and Prince William | Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images

William wins the poll to be king

It is no secret that Prince Charles has struggled in the public relations department. A lot of his unpopularity stems from his affair with Camilla Parker Bowles and subsequent divorce from Princess Diana, who passed away a year after their split was finalized. Although Charles waited nearly a decade before marrying Bowles, their union did not help his public image. To be fair, Charles’s popularity has increased in recent years, but a new poll suggests that he is still nowhere near as popular as his son, Prince William.

The poll was conducted online by Express and featured over 4,000 voters. Of all the people who voted, over 60 percent thought that William should be king instead of Charles. The Prince of Wales only managed to attract 18 percent of the vote, far below what Prince William received. The other 20 percent of the vote went towards Prince Harry and William’s children: Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis.

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The Duke of Cambridge, President of The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, visited The Royal Marsden in Chelsea to learn about the psychological support being offered to staff, patients and their families. The Royal Marsden opened its doors in 1851 as the world’s first hospital dedicated to cancer diagnosis, treatment, research and education. Now, it is the largest and most comprehensive cancer centre in Europe, treating and seeing over 50,000 NHS and private patients every year. Read below and swipe to see the stories of some of those that he met: 2. Meeting Aly, Matron at the Bud Flanagan Unit. At end of 2017 Aly took time off work with stress, compassion fatigue and depression. Aly said: It was a very upsetting and difficult time, but with the support of my family, GP and The Royal Marsden team, I not only got through it, I came back stronger than ever. 3. With Julie, who was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2014. Following treatment and remission, the cancer came back in 2018 and she received robotic surgery at The Royal Marsden. Julie received psychological support to deal with her relapse and treatment impact, together with speech and language therapy to get her speech and eating back to a ‘new’ normal. 4/5/6. Visiting the Ellis Ward, which specialises in the care of female patients undergoing investigations and treatments for breast, gynaecological, urological and gastrointestinal cancers. 7/8. In January this year, The Royal Marsden announced the sudden death of Professor Martin Gore, who was their Medical Director for 10 years and a Trustee of The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. The Duke met Professor Gore’s widow, Pauline Gore, and some of his closest colleagues. 9/10. The staff of the Royal Marsden work tirelessly to continue to make a national and global contribution to cancer research and treatment, so that more people are cured and quality of life is improved for those living with cancer. The Duke met staff to thank them for their incredible work. Kensington Palace @royalmarsden #RoyalMarsden

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Dozens of royal watchers also commented on the poll, many of them sharing negative thoughts about Charles taking the throne. A few fans also expressed their excitement about Kate Middleton being the next Queen Consort and thought she would do a great job in the role.

“The last two Charles’s were not much good,” one fan wrote, while another added, “I agree he is a liberal lovey.”

Inside Prince William’s obsession with motorcycles

Part of why William is so popular is his connection to the average person. Case in point is the Duke of Cambridge’s obsession with motorcycles. In his book, William’s Princess: The Love Story That Will Change The Royal Family Forever, author Robert Jobson claims that Charles struggled with keeping William from dangerous hobbies as a young man.

Not one to shelter his children, Charles felt like it was okay to allow Prince William to explore whatever he wished, even if it put him in harm’s way. This led to William’s love for riding motorcycles, a hobby he keeps to this day.

Earlier this year, William was spotted riding his sporty Ducati bike in London. As royal watchers may recall, he also rode his motorcycle on the eve of his wedding and, in 2008, ventured across South Africa on his bike alongside his brother, Prince Harry. Fortunately, William has toned things down since having children and does not ride nearly as often as he once did.

Prince William, of course, is not the only one in the royal family with a love for motorcycles. King George VI also loved riding way back in the day and was known to drive his motorcycle to class at Cambridge.

A look at the royal line of succession

As it currently stands, Charles will get the throne once Queen Elizabeth steps down or passes away. With Elizabeth in her 90s, the idea of abdicating in favor of Charles is becoming more and more likely. After Charles, Prince William is next in line, following all three of his children. Up next is Prince Harry and then his firstborn son, Archie. Prior to the birth of William’s children, Harry was third in line to the crown. The line of succession, of course, will change once Prince George and his siblings grow up and have children of their own.

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined The Queen and Members of the Royal Family to attend this year’s Order of the Garter service in St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle. The Order of the Garter is the oldest and most senior Order of Chivalry in Britain, established by King Edward III nearly 700 years ago. The Order includes The Queen, who is Sovereign of the Garter, The Duke of Cambridge and several senior Members of the Royal Family, and twenty-four knights or ladies chosen in recognition of their work. Knights of the Garter are chosen personally by the Sovereign to honour those who have held public office, who have contributed in a particular way to national life or who have served the Sovereign personally. Supernumerary, or ‘Stranger’ Knights, are overseas monarchs appointed to the Order, and are in addition to the twenty-four knights or ladies — The King of Spain and The King of the Netherlands attended this year’s Garter Day service, during which they were installed as Supernumerary Knights of the Garter. Earlier in the day The Queen held a private Investiture in the Garter Throne Room at Windsor Castle, where Lady Mary Peters was invested with the Order's insignia by Her Majesty. During their visit to Northern Ireland in February, The Duke and Duchess congratulated @Olympics gold medallist Lady Mary on her appointment to the Order of the Garter. Kensington Palace/PA @TheRoyalFamily @koninklijkhuis #GarterDay #WindsorCastle

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Despite all the speculation, Charles has shown zero signs of abdicating once Elizabeth’s reign is over. Charles has now waited longer than anyone in the history of the monarchy to take the throne and will likely step up to the plate when the time is right. A lot could change until that happens, so there is always the chance that William inherits the crown next.

The royal family has not commented on the recent poll concerning if Prince William is better suited to be the next King of England.