Prince Charles’s popularity has dropped to an all time low ahead of the 20th anniversary of Diana, Princess of Wales’s death.
Only 36% of British people believe that Charles has made a positive contribution to the Royal Famly. This is a significant drop from the 60% that felt he made a positive contribution four years ago in 2013.
27% of people now believe that Prince Charles, heir to the throne, has had an adverse impact on the Royal Family. This number was just 15% four years ago.
The 20th anniversary of Diana’s death taking place on 31 August and the media coverage surrounding it may be impacting the heir’s popularity.
The poll revealed a negative image surrounded Camilla and what title she should receive upon Charles’s ascension to the throne.
Most people, at 39%, believe that Camilla should take the title of Princess Consort; however, 30% of people believe that she should not receive any title at all while Prince Charles reigns as King.
Only 14% of the British public want Camilla to receive the title of Queen as she serves alongside Prince Charles in his role as king.
The polls show that the public still blames Prince Charles for the failure of the relationship between him and Diana, Princess of Wales.
Royal Commentator Penny Junor said Prince Charles has “never been forgiven for that – because Diana blamed him and he never said a word. He’s never explained what went on in his marriage.”
She also added that Diana has always been “source of difficulty between him and his sons.”
Not counting The Queen and Prince Philip, the next best contribution to the Royal Family as judged by the public is Prince William. William has 78% approval.
William’s younger brother, Prince Harry, follows very closely behind with 77%
The Duchess of Cambridge came up with 73% positive contributions, Charles at 36% and Camilla at 18%.