Last week, reports of an “unusual” meeting among Royal staff had many fearing that one of the members of British Royalty may have perished. The elderly Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip were, as usual, among the prime suspects. These rumors turned out to be nothing but speculation. However, Prince Philip did announce that he will be retiring from public life. The Prince, who is the Queen’s husband, will turn 96 come June.
The Prince may still occasionally attend public events. However, he will no longer be obligated or regularly accept invitations. Most of his already accepted invitations will still be met, however, so if you booked the Prince you might be in luck. Queen Elizabeth, who at 91 years old is several years younger, is expected to continue to attend public events regularly. The Prince may still be seen in public, but will do so at his own discretion.
For the monarchy, many important questions are emerging surrounding the future of the Royal Family. Queen Elizabeth remains a popular figure, but she is getting on in her years. As many as 89% of Brits are satisfied with the Queen. Meanwhile, her son Prince Charles suffers from generally low approval ratings with only 60% of Brits satisfied with his performance.
With the British monarchy facing declining support, some have speculated that the Royal family may not be able to maintain its position. Could the end of the British monarchy come about in the future? As far fetched as it might seem, there are some reasons for concern.
Turbulent Times As People Turn Away From Governments
Five years ago, if you had said that the United Kingdom would leave the European Union, people probably would have thought you were crazy. It might sound unbelievable now, but it’s impossible to rule out a British monarchy-less future for the United Kingdom.
Prince Charles is already suffering from rather mediocre popularity. Meanwhile, Prince William is also seeing his popularity decline. A solid 79% of people supported William in 2016. This was down from 89% in 2015, however. Meanwhile, a growing “Republic” movement has taken root. This movement wants to abolish the monarchy and establish the UK as a Republic.
Meanwhile, other potentially big developments are also on the horizon in the UK. The Scottish parliament has voted to pursue a second referendum vote. Whether or not Scotland will actually be able to pursue an independence vote remains unclear. Support for Scottish independence has reached its highest levels ever. 46% of Scots now support independence. Back in 2012, only half of that number supported independence.
Why? The pending Brexit seems to be the biggest reason. An overwhelming number of Scots voted to stay within the European Union. 62% of Scots voted to stay in the European Union, while only 32% voted to leave. Support for the British monarchy has also generally been lower in Scotland.
Between the British monarchy, Scotland, and the pending European Union exit, Brits have plenty to worry about. For now, the global economy remains strong and there are plenty of reasons for optimism. Still, storm clouds could quickly gather on the horizon.