Royal snub! Majority of Britons NOT INTERESTED in royal wedding, according to SHOCK

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Royal snub! Majority of Britons NOT INTERESTED in royal wedding, according to SHOCK poll

A MAJORITY of Britons are not interested in Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s upcoming nuptials at St George’s Chapel on May 19, according to a poll commissioned by anti-monarchist pressure group Republic.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are getting married in May [Getty ]
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are getting married in May [Getty ]

The poll found 66 per cent of Britons are not interested in the event, with 60 per cent of Britons planning on having a normal weekend.

Graham Smith, Chief Executive of Republic, said: “This poll shows a very clear picture of a nation disinterested and apathetic about the royal family.

“The vast majority of the people in this country and around the world are not watching, don’t care and will be getting on with their lives as normal.

“There’s a sizeable number of people that are interested and enjoy it, and that number is big enough to warrant the media interest.

“But that is very different to saying everybody loves the Royals.

“We’re not a nation of republicans yet – but we’ve stopped being a nation of royalists.”

A survey commissioned by Opinium research last week also revealed that only 38 per cent of Britons plan on tuning in to watch the ceremony on TV, with 53 per cent saying they would not.

The Queen has apparently been very accommodating for Harry and Meghan's wishes [Getty]
The Queen has apparently been very accommodating for Harry and Meghan’s wishes [Getty]

Ben Tindle, a truck driver from London, commented on the upcoming nuptials, saying: “I don’t think it’s significant.

“Royal family, people born into richness, it’s not really necessary in this day and age. I don’t even know when the wedding is.”

Local governments are also reporting fewer applications for street parties for Meghan and Harry’s wedding, compared to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s nuptials in 2011.

A spokesman for the UK’s Communities Department said: “There definitely aren’t as many applications as there were for the last one.

“It doesn’t seem to have generated as much interest.”

Hertfordshire’s local government added only 56 street parties have been planned for the weekend, compared to close to 300 in 2011.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry looked more in love than ever at the event [Getty]
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry looked more in love than ever at the event [Getty]

The royal wedding will nevertheless garner widespread attention, and Kensington Palace reported that over 5,000 media and support staff along with more than 160 photographers and 79 international TV networks have been registered for official positions in Windsor.

Not all spectators are disinterred in the event either, with Chris Partington, a software professional, saying: “It’s part of being British.

This poll shows a very clear picture of a nation disinterested and apathetic about the royal family

Graham Smith

“There’s a great buzz about the place, I think it’s brilliant.”

An opinion poll published last week revealed that the majority of Britons are still in favour of maintaining the monarchy in Britain.

A poll commissioned by ComRes also found that 58 per cent of people thought that the royal wedding and the recent birth of Prince Louis are events of which Britons can be proud.

But a YouGov poll noted the popularity of the royal family was dependent on its members.

While 60 per cent of respondents reported that they are in favour of the Queen, nearly half would prefer “someone else” to succeed the her other than Prince Charles.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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