The Queen's death will induce 'ethical earthquake' as royals behave like 'free-riders', warns broadcaster

The Royal Family will face major challenges when the Queen dies, says Andrew Marr

The Queen's death to induce 'ethical earthquake' for royals
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The Royal Family and the public will be rocked by an 'ethical earthquake' when the Queen dies, a British broadcaster has warned. 

  • The Queen's death will have a colossal impact on the future of the British monarchy, according to a British broadcaster. 
  • The Royal Family is set to face 'an ethical earthquake' in the aftermath of Her Majesty's passing, as its senior members will be forced to uphold the 1000-year-old institution without the 95-year-old's guidance.
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The Queen's death will induce an 'ethical earthquake' for the Royal Family, British broadcaster Andrew Marr has predicted. 

Speaking to the Daily Mail, the former political editor for the BBC warned that the 'terrible day' when Her Majesty is 'no longer with us' will plunge the nation and the British monarchy into a psychological crisis as they come to terms with the devastating loss. 

"It will be like an ethical earthquake and I do not think it is fully understood or appreciated how this is going to be an absolutely massive moment in all our lives," Andrew said. "It will shake the whole country in a way that will be hard to explain until we actually live through it." 

The 62-year-old, who resigned from the BBC in December 2021, went on to criticize "some members of the royal family" for "behaving like free riders." 


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"They assume the monarchy—the institution itself—can never be questioned. But the reason it is not being questioned is because of the Queen herself," he explained. 

The future of the 1,000-year-old institution currently lies on the shoulders of Prince Charles, the eldest of the Queen's children. The 73-year-old will ascend the throne upon Her Majesty's death and officially become King Charles III, the 62nd monarch of Britain. 

According to polls, however, the Prince of Wales isn't exactly adored by the masses. A 2021 YouGov poll revealed that Charles only holds a 45% approval rating from the public—a far cry from the Queen's score of 76%. 

Prince Charles and the Queen

The Queen is far more popular with the public than Prince Charles 

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"The modern monarchy under Charles has to earn its place every day, every week, and every month in people’s affections," Andrew said. 

The Royal Family has faced enormous scrutiny from the public over the past couple of years and is reportedly desperate to clean up its reputation ahead of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee 2022

Prince Andrew was stripped of his military honors and his HRH title last week amid his ongoing sex abuse case and has even been banned from attending the celebrations of his mother's 70th year-long reign this June. His Youtube and Twitter have also been deleted, while his Instagram page has been set to private. 

It's understood that is currently spending most of his time at the Royal Lodge preparing for the possibility of a US civil trial in autumn 2022, in which he would defend himself against Virginia Giuffre's accusations that he sexually assaulted her when she was a minor. 

Emma Dooney
Lifestyle News Writer

Hailing from the lovely city of Dublin, Emma mainly covers the Royal Family and the entertainment world, as well as the occasional health and wellness feature. Always up for a good conversation, she has a passion for interviewing everyone from A-list celebrities to the local GP - or just about anyone who will chat to her, really.

Emma holds an MA in International Journalism from City, University of London, and a BA in English Literature from Trinity College Dublin.