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Jeremy Corbyn is not a fan of the monarchy

Just weeks before the 20th anniversary of the accident, claims made by Mr Corbyn – then a backbencher – which said Diana’s death would hasten a buoyant Republican movement, have infuriated the chairman of the British Monarchist Society & Foundation (BMSF).

Just days after the princess was killed in a car crash in Paris, Mr Corbyn told Daily Express: “I would be happy to join a Republican group. The mood of the country has changed dramatically since Diana’s death. 

“A few years ago any of us who criticised the monarchy received shoals of letters in protest. Now it is part of normal everyday conversation.”

In response Thomas Mace-Archer-Mills, chairman of the British Monarchist Society & Foundation (BMSF) raged: “No matter what Mr Corbyn may think, it is not part of the normal and everyday conversation to criticise and debate the monarchy and its standing within the nation.

“The Monarchy is part and parcel of the fabric of this nation and quite frankly there are many more important and real issues to tackle before we look at the apolitical institution of the monarchy.

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Jeremy claimed the mood of the country ‘had changed’ after Diana’s death

“It is wrong to use such loss and in sense a national and world tragedy to push a personally political agenda which is truly his own.

“He should be a model of respect for the youth of today, not the personification of manners and respect gone awry.”

The Labour leader has made no secret of his dislike for the monarchy over the years and despite claiming during the election campaign that he has no plans to abolish the historic institution, he refused to answer questions regarding whether he likes what the Queen represents.

Mr Mace-Archer-Mills said the 68-year-old’s views on the Royals do not represent those of the Labour party and called for him to concentrate on the “real issues facing the nation”.


It is wrong to use such loss and in sense a national and world tragedy to push a personally political agenda which is truly his own.

Thomas Mace-Archer-Mills


Speaking to express.co.uk, Mr Mace-Archer-Mills said: “I hate to burst Mr Corbyn’s bubble, but the monarchy is more popular now than at previous times during the Queen’s reign. 

“The people of this nation love Her Majesty and understand the role she and the monarchy play within the daily life of this nation. 

“After all, it is her Kingdom in which Mr Corbyn is a Member of her Parliament which sits in one of her palaces, where he plays a role in her Government.

“The BMSF has several Labour Patrons who love, cherish and support the institution of Monarchy and understand the role it plays within the constitutional aspects of our nation. 

“Let us be clear that Mr Corbyn’s actions and political thoughts are not that of all Labour politicians and/or party members/voters.”

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Jeremy refused to answer questions regarding whether he likes what the Queen represents

The Labour leader a renowned anti-monarchist, once petitioned Mr Blair to move the entire Royal Family out of Buckingham Palace and into a “more modest” residence.

The left-winger has said he believes it is “time to move on” and “call it a day” on the Royal family when the 91-year-old Queen completes her reign.

In an interview from 2001, which has just been unearthed, Mr Corbyn – who believes he will be prime minister within six months – said both he and fellow Labour colleagues were keen to see the monarchy abolished.

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Jeremy claimed Labour MPs would like to see a change in the way the Royal Family operates

Speaking on GMTV Mr Corbyn said: “I think it’s time that we just moved on and said, when the Queen completes her reign, wouldn’t that be an appropriate time to call it a day and have an elected Head of State.

“A large majority of Labour MPs would like to see a change in the attitude of the monarchy and the way the Royal Family operates.”

However, prior to this year’s election Mr Corbyn scaled down his anti-monarchy rhetoric.

In an interview with Jeremy Paxman, regarding the absence in the party manifesto of a proposal to abolish monarchy, he said: “It’s not on anybody’s agenda.

“It’s certainly no on my agenda. There’s nothing in there as we’re not going to do it.”

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