One in five Brits would abolish the monarchy - poll

One in five Brits would abolish the monarchy, according to a YouGov poll. (Getty Images)

One in five Britons would abolish the monarchy according to a poll conducted by YouGov.

But overall, support for the Queen and her descendants remains high despite the scandal around Prince Andrew and the forthcoming exit of Prince Harry and his wife Meghan.

YouGov polled more than 3,100 people and weighted the results, finding that 62% of British adults think the country should still have a monarchy.

But 22% thought it should not, and 16% did not know.

The poll came after Labour leadership hopeful Lisa Nandy said she would vote to abolish the monarchy in a referendum.

However, she said it was not a priority and admitted she’d like to see Queen Meghan.

Lisa Nandy's comments on abolishing the monarchy sparked the YouGov poll. (Getty Images)

The south, excluding London, had the biggest support for the monarchy, at 69%, but all English and Welsh regions were above 50%.

However most of the objection comes from Scotland, where 44% of people said the monarchy should stay, and 34% think it should be abolished.

Male and female support is about equal (61% and 64%), though a higher percentage of men (25%) think it should abolished, compared to women (18%).

The Cambridges and the Cornwalls made a rare joint appearance in February. (Getty Images)

Conservative voters are most likely to support the Queen, at 82%, but even a majority of Labour voters (52%) back the monarchy, which might be a blow to Nandy’s support.

Leave voters are also more likely to support the institution, at 73%, but remain voters are fans too, with 57% in favour of keeping the Queen.

Brits are still in favour of the royal family. (Getty Images)

In the oldest age bracket (65+), 77% of people support her, and in the youngest (18-24) there’s 57% support.

Interestingly support wanes among those aged 25-49, dropping to 52% but picks back up to 69% in those aged 50-65.

The results might buoy Her Majesty who has been facing a difficult year, with the divorce of her oldest grandson, Peter Phillips, and her nephew the Earl of Snowdon, the latest in a series of blows to The Firm.

Prince Harry and Meghan are likely to spend most of their time in North America. (Getty Images)

She is preparing to say goodbye to grandson Harry, who is likely to spend the majority of his time in North America following his decision with his wife Meghan to step back as senior members of the royal family.

And she has had to pull her son Andrew back from the front line of royal work after an interview in which he failed to show remorse for his friendship with the convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

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