Only a fifth of Americans want Charles to be the next British monarch. More would prefer Harry and Meghan than the heir.
Britain's laws of succession dictate that Prince Charles will become the next king of the United Kingdom when his mother dies. But the Prince of Wales isn't America's top choice for next monarch. Insider polled more than 1,000 Americans on which member of the British royal family they'd like to see inherit the crown, throwing out the rules on succession. Prince William was the clear favorite across demographics, and more people combined voted for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle than Charles. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories.
Americans emancipated themselves from British royal rule in 1776, but that doesn't mean they don't still have opinions about the monarchy. Insider recently polled more than 1,000 Americans about who they would like to see become the next king or queen of the United Kingdom, throwing out the law of succession. While the rules dictate that Prince Charles will inherit his mother's crown, Americans across all demographics think his eldest son Prince William would be a better fit for the job. Of the 1,063 polled, 42% picked Prince William, followed by 21% for Charles, 18% for Harry, 10% for Kate Middleton, 6% for Meghan Markle, and 4% for the 6-year-old Prince George.
Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle, who recently announced they would be stepping down as senior royals, took home a combined 23% of the vote — making them more popular together than the rightful heir. Millennials and Generation Z have a clear love for Harry. The ranking of William, Charles, Harry, Kate, Meghan, and George was replicated among all of the age demographics surveyed, except the group ages 18-29, which cast more votes for Harry (25%) than his father (18%). The poll also showed that the older respondents got, the less likely they were to pick Markle. In the 18-29 demographic, she received 9% of the vote, and proceeded to get less and less popular until she received just 2% of the vote in the over 60 demographic. Across the board, when it came to age and sex, respondents picked Middleton over Markle for next monarch, but typically by just a few percentage points. When broken down by gender, women preferred to have William (50%) or Harry (17%) become the next king, as opposed to their father (16%). Prince William (32%) was the top pick for men, followed by Charles (28%), Harry (18%), Kate (10%), Meghan (6%), and George (5%). Also, more men picked Markle (6%) than women (5%). SurveyMonkey Audience polls from a national sample balanced by census data of age and gender. Respondents are incentivized to complete surveys through charitable contributions. Generally speaking, digital polling tends to skew toward people with access to the internet. SurveyMonkey Audience doesn't try to weigh its sample based on race or income. A total of 1,063 respondents were collected January 10-11, 2020, with a margin of error plus or minus 3 percentage points with a 95% confidence level.
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