Here's what would happen to the royal family if Britain abolished the monarchy

Harry and Meghan's Oprah interview in March 2021 led to debate over whether the monarchy could be abolished.  Queen Elizabeth died on Thursday at Balmoral Castle. She was 96.

Charles, the Queen's eldest son, will inherit the throne. If the monarchy ceased to exist, King Charles III would have to give up Buckingham Palace.  Kate Middleton and Prince

William would pursue financial independence like the Sussexes.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. The British royal family has certainly had a tumultuous couple of

years. On Thursday, Queen Elizabeth II died at the age of 96, shaking up the royal line of succession. The Queen's eldest son, Charles III, will assume the throne. But

prior to that, the royal family was mired in a series of controversies. Prince Andrew's involvement in the Jeffrey Epstein scandal, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's royal

exit, and the couple's allegations that their son was subjected to racism from within the royal household — begged the question of how long the monarchy can survive. King

Charles III had also seen a drop in popularity in the UK after Harry and Markle's Oprah interview — where it was revealed he stopped taking Harry's calls in 2020 — Insider's

Samantha Grindell previously reported. Nadine Batchelor-Hunt, political correspondent at, argued that the royals are "becoming increasingly out of place in

contemporary society" due to the family's past and present scandals.  "The time has come: let's abolish the monarchy," she said. While some countries, including Greece

and Bulgaria, abolished their monarchies through public referendum, royal commentator Marlene Koenig said the process is more complex than people think.