The survival of the Royal Family and the future of the monarchy 'rests on Prince William and Kate Middleton's shoulders', according to a royal expert.
The comments came following allegations in a new book, Brothers And Wives: Inside The Private Lives of William, Kate, Harry, and Meghan, which was released this week.
The book claims that Prince Charles questioned the skin colour of any future children of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle before their first child Archie was born.
Charles' representatives have slammed the allegation, with a Clarence House spokesperson telling reporters: "This is fiction and not worth further comment."
However, for royal commentator Daniela Elser, the debacle is a sign that the hopes of the monarchy may now be pinned on Charles' son William.
She wrote for news.com.au: "It’s not being too dramatic to say that the future of the monarchy rests on his and wife Kate’s shoulders.
"While his father Charles is tolerated by an apathetic public as the Prince of Wales, and will be likely tolerated by an apathetic public as king, that lukewarm support is hardly going to keep the monarchy puttering along."
She goes on to explain how the Royal Family relies on people's acceptance of them, thus they need that acceptance "to not face any sort of dramatic test".
After Meghan first levelled racism claims against a mystery member of The Firm during the explosive Oprah Winfrey interview, William spoke publicly and insisted the royals are "very much not a racist family".
Elser's claim that we are "apathetic" towards Charles and more enthusiastic about the Cambridges is reflected by popularity polling.
According to YouGov's latest royal rankings, William is the joint-second most popular member of the family with a 62% popularity score.
He is beaten only by the Queen (72%) and is level with the late Prince Philip.
The next most popular royal is Kate on 60%, with Charles two places below her on 45%.
Harry ranks as the ninth most popular royal (36%) and Meghan the fourteenth (28%), only ahead of last-placed Prince Andrew (13%).
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