New polling has shown that republican sentiment is growing in Australia following a controversial period for the Royal Family, which has seen them come under fire for serious allegations made by Prince Harry in his new memoir, Spare, and his Netflix documentary series.
The poll, undertaken on behalf of the Sydney Morning Herald, showed that in the last few months there has been an increase of those who would favour becoming a republic and removing King Charles as head of state.
When the Queen died in September, 35% of those polled wanted a republic, but now this figure sits at 40% — 22% of these consider themselves "strongly in favour" of a republic and 18% are "somewhat in favour".
The poll also asked respondents whether the recent release of projects from the Sussexes had affected their view of remaining a constitutional monarchy, 21% of them said it had impacted their opinions.
Twice as many said that the memoir, documentary series and related promotional interviews had affected their opinion of the royals negatively than positively.
Some 14% said that these recent projects had made them more inclined towards Australia becoming a republic, and 7% it had made them "less likely to support a republic". The majority – 62% – say Harry's PR blitz has had no influence on their view.
Harry's book in particular paints a picture of a family in the midst of dysfunction — at least from his perspective – but it remains unclear as to why some Australians have turned against the royals.
It could be they have reacted negatively to the way Harry has made a series of revelations about the royals, which some have argued is hypocritical given his condemnation of palace aides and family members he claims have leaked stories about him to the press
Equally, the unflattering allegations Harry has made about the behaviour of senior members of the family – such as William and Camilla – may have turned some Australians away from the monarchy.
Harry accused his stepmother Camilla, the Queen Consort of leaking stories about him and his brother William to the press. He claimed that she was motivated to do so in a bid to rehabilitate her own public image as she undertook a "campaign" to become Queen and move away from the reputation as being the "other woman" in Charles and Diana's marriage.
"Straightaway. Shortly after our private summits with her, she began to play the long game, a campaign aimed at marriage and eventually the Crown. (With Pa’s blessing, we presumed.) Stories began to appear everywhere, in all the papers", Harry wrote.
The Duke of Sussex also accused his brother of physically attacking him during a confrontation they had in 2019 over Meghan.
The palace has refused to comment on the claims made in Harry's memoir.
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