Only 1 in 4 People Want Prince Charles to Be King as William Favored

Prince William is the preferred choice as next king for more than half of Brits while only a quarter want Prince Charles, who is in line to succeed Queen Elizabeth II.

The public in Britain will not get a vote on their next head of state and plans for the Prince of Wales to take the crown have already been codenamed Operation Spring Tide in leaked government documents.

However, after the queen's era, the new king will be the subject of a campaign by anti-Monarchy campaign group Republic.

Pollsters Redfield & Wilton asked 1,500 people online on behalf of Newsweek whether William or Charles should be the next king on November 17.

Fifty-nine percent wanted Prince William compared to 25 percent who opted for Charles, while 16 percent did not know.

The position appears to have swung against the queen's eldest son since a poll last month by Deltapoll for The Mail on Sunday, when 41 percent wanted William and 30 percent wanted Charles.

The Prince of Wales was viewed favorably by 45 percent of Brits and negatively by 25 percent, giving him a net approval rating of +20 percent in our data.

Prince William was viewed favorably by 66 percent and 11 viewed him unfavorably, giving him a net approval rating of +55 percent.

It comes after the queen cancelled three weeks worth of appointments after an initial undisclosed health problem followed by a back sprain.

During that time, she pulled out of a planned visit to Northern Ireland, COP26 and Remembrance Sunday.

Prince Charles led the way at COP26 in her place and was praised by President Joe Biden for his decades of work to protect the environment.

Prince William Walks Behind Prince Charles
Prince William walks behind his father Prince Charles at Britain's Remembrance Sunday service at The Cenotaph on November 14, 2021 in London, England. Queen Elizabeth II pulled out of the service with a back sprain. Samir Hussein/WireImage

Dickie Arbiter, the queen's former press secretary, told chat show The Royal Beat: "She's expecting too much of herself. And that's the duty that comes into it."

Katie Nicholl, royal editor of Vanity Fair, told the show, on True Royalty TV: "I was told that she said to her staff, while on this week of rest, 'Oh. I didn't know I could have a break'.

"And I think that speaks volumes, she doesn't take much time off and perhaps that's what she needs to be fully better."

Prince Charles has been on a tour of the Middle East with wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, including to Jordan where they this week walked in Jesus Christ's footsteps.

The couple went to Umm Qais, near 3rd Century BC city Gadara, where the "miracle of the Gadarene swine" was performed, Sky News reported.

According to the apostle Mark, Jesus freed a possessed man there by casting his demons into pigs.

The future king also collected holy water from the River Jordan in the same spot where Christ was baptised.

Prince Charles Collects Holy Water
Prince Charles touches the water next to Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, during a visit to the site where Jesus was baptised along the Jordan River, on November 16, 2021 in Amman, Jordan. Peter Nicholls - Pool/Getty Images