‘Royal drama’ reignites support for Australian Republic

Jan 27, 2023
Support for a republic has grown with the release of Harry's memoir. Source: Getty

The latest round of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s drama has caused a rise in support for Australia to leave the Monarchy and become a republic.

The latest release of Harry’s memoir titled Spare, in which he details the ongoing feud between himself and his brother, has caused Australians to say they’ve had enough, with the majority voting that they’re just simply fed up with all drama.

The poll, taken by the Sydney Morning Herald, found that 40 per cent of poll participants were in favour of leaving the Monarchy, with 22 per cent saying they strongly agree Australia should become a republic and 18 per cent were somewhat in favour.

Of the 1,606 voters, 21 per cent said their opinion was swayed by the controversial Prince’s memoir.

Former chair of the Australian Republic Movement (ARM), Peter FitzSimons shared the poll on Twitter, cheering for the sway in votes.

FitzSimons’ was joined by a chorus of people sharing their agreement with the poll’s results, many calling for more support to leave the Monarchy.

The republican said that while “a lot are undecided”, once the ARM’s campaign for a referendum begins, he’s confident the monarchists will fail.

Actual monarchy nutters are very few. Mostly Young Libs and older versions,” he said. 

The latest poll results are a stark contrast to a poll taken after the passing of Queen Elizabeth II in September 2022 and the beginning of King Charles III’s reign.

In the poll conducted by Roy Morgan at the time, 60 per cent of Australians were in support of remaining a Monarchy, up 5 per cent since the last poll on the matter in November 2012, while support for a Republic dropped 5 per cent to 40 per cent.


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