‘Nonsense!’ Royal expert brutally shuts down Lisa Nandy’s scrap the monarchy dig

The Wigan MP admitted she would vote to scrap the monarchy if there was a referendum. But, confusingly, she added she would like to see Meghan Markle as Queen, despite the Duchess of Sussex stepping down as a senior royal alongside husband Prince Harry at the end of March. Ms Nandy was asked whether the monarchy should be abolished during the Channel 4 live television debate of the three remaining leadership candidates, which also includes Keir Starmer and Rebecca Long-Bailey.

She responded: “I’m a democrat, so I would vote to scrap it.

“But this is not the priority of the country.”

Ms Nandy then added: “I’d quite like to see Queen Meghan.”

Philip Blond, an Anglican theologian and director of the ResPublica think tank, described Ms Nandy’s views on abolishing the Royals Family as “nonsense” as the majority of the population would not allow this to happen.

He told Express.co.uk: “The monarchy is the most popular institute in the country, above everything else.

“Why would any Labour Party want to destroy this?

“Lisa Nandy is speaking only to win over the electorate and members of the Labour Party rather than the whole population.

“The leadership candidates need to speak for more than just their membership and the Labour far-left.”

During the live debate, left-wing contender Ms Long-Bailey said she would not abolish the monarchy.

And frontrunner Mr Starmer said he would “downsize” the royals but not get rid of them altogether.

It comes as Labour members and supporters begin voting today in a leadership ballot that runs until April 2.

The new Labour leader will then be announced on April 4.

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Meanwhile, Ms Nandy also gave a blunt assessment of previous Labour leaders over the weekend.

She said Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, Ed Miliband and Jeremy Corbyn has shown a “shallowness” in their understanding of concerns about immigration in working class areas.

She added they had a “lack of courage” in providing answers.

Ms Nandy told The Independent: “As immigration climbed up the list of voters’ priorities there was a shallowness of understanding in our analysis and a lack of courage in our response.

“We need to understand why in areas with low immigration people are concerned about it. And we need to understand that in towns like mine, freedom of movement meant opportunities for people from other countries to come and work at the local hospital, while local people weren’t able to train as nurses because the government had cut the nursing bursary.

“Voters weren’t irrational or racist but our political strategy treated them like they were.

“It’s not the fault of voters that this complexity was missed – it is our fault, the politicians who should have been making a more principled and braver case for the last 20 years.

“Because too often we lacked courage and ended up seeking ever more desperate ways to pretend we were offering solutions to something that, in our heart of hearts, we don’t agree is the problem.”

Ms Nandy added she was “tired of defeat” and warned that Labour “cannot just change the man at the top again and hope for a different result”.

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