Analysis of Google search data by Each Night found “Prince Harry king” increased by 769 percent in the UK on December 20. The jump is nearly nine times the average volume of searches.
The explosion in searches follows reports over the weekend that the Queen has urged the Duke of Cambridge to stop flying helicopters with Kate and their children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.
A change in the line of succession could mean the Duke of Sussex, who is living in California with Meghan Markle after quitting royal duties, takes to the throne.
A spokesperson for Each Night said: “While all the Queen’s family will be incredibly precious to her, Prince William and his three children represent a bright future for the monarchy, and she will want to ensure that they stay safe and well, ready to receive the Crown.
“While William is an adept pilot, helicopters are not the safest way to travel, and if the worst were to occur, Prince Harry would take the throne.
“Despite no longer being a working royal, the explosion in searches for ‘Prince Harry king’ suggests that his popularity is undiminished, with many people considering an alternate universe with him as King.”
It was reported on Sunday that the Queen has urged her grandson William, who is second in line to the throne behind Prince Charles, to stop flying helicopters with his family.
The monarch is said to be “terrified” there could be a tragic accident threatening the succession.
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