Richard Madeley brands pledge of allegiance to King embarrassing

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Citizens are being invited to pledge allegiance to King Charles III during his Coronation, which is being held in Westminster Abbey, on Saturday.

Archbishop Justin Welby will invite “all those who desire” to swear their allegiance to the new monarch during the ceremony.

He will call upon people to “make their homage, in heart and voice, to their undoubted King, defender of all”.

While the pledge is optional it was debated on Tuesday’s instalment of Good Morning Britain by hosts Susanna Reid and Richard Madeley who were joined by Princess Diana’s former private secretary Patrick Jephsen.

Patrick admitted: “It’s not a personal thing Richard, it just feels to me unBritish.”

Richard agreed as Patrick added: “It feels divisive, from now on, ‘Did you take it? Didn’t you?’ Immediately we’re on a divided foot. It’s not really very unified.”

Richard shared: “It’s also a bit embarrassing, isn’t it? To sit in your lounge and say to the telly.”

Patrick concluded: “There are already thousands of people who serve the Crown without having to take any fancy oath of allegiance, they just get on with it.”

The debate divided viewers, with many voicing their opinions about the pledge on social media.

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“I won’t be taking the oath but I will celebrate the coronation,” David tweeted. “Just as they did in 1953 even though they were still recovering from WWII.” (sic)

John Doe added: “This greedy royal family need to be gone now. They are quite happy to keep taking from the public to fund their extravagant lifestyle.”

Dolly Shore fumed: “Oath of allegiance! No way! That pair had no allegiance to their spouses, by cheating! Ruined Princess Diana’s life! My loyalty to the monarchy died last September.” (sic)

Jackie shared:” Why am I starting to feel embarrassed that I’m British? Oath of allegiance!”

According to a Good Morning Britain poll which 164,000 people took part in, 86.5 percent voted against pleading allegiance to the King.

Chris Curley said: “I can’t believe all the noes. This country has such a long history. Yes, it’s been questionable throughout the centuries. But the monarchy is such a huge breadwinner for the economy here. The world respects and wishes they had what we have.” (sic)

Simon commented: “Yes I would, it would be an honour, God save the King.”

Good Morning Britain airs on weekdays at 6am on ITV and ITVX.

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