‘I’d abolish the monarchy!' Steve Coogan's scathing assault on Royal Family

The comedian made the admission in an interview with BBC Radio 4’s The Day Today show, as he discussed the differences between himself and his famous character Alan Partridge. The interview came in 2013 just after Prince William and Kate welcomed Prince George into the world. But while Alan Partridge would defend the Royal Family staunchly, Mr Coogan would abolish the monarchy altogether, the comedian said at the time. Mr Coogan added: “We have some comments we’re going to make tomorrow at the premiere when I am dressed as Alan. He’ll be attacking republicans.

“Now, there’s an example where I really am the opposite of Alan. I’d abolish the Royal Family tomorrow if I had any power.

“But he does sometimes say things that I instinctively think are right.”

He did emerge as a supporter of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, backing their tense departure from royal duties – but even then he added that sympathy for royals wasn’t “at the top of my list”.

He told Page Six in February: “I don’t think they have [been treated poorly].

“There are many more people who are not famous, who don’t have a huge disposable income who have been bullied in the press in the past and those are the people who need a proper system of redress.

“So although I have some sympathy, I have sympathy for anyone subject to press abuse, I would say that members of the Royal Family aren’t top of my sympathy list.”

Mr Coogan is never one to shy away from political debate – and in the run up to last year’s general election he hit out at Brexit and Conservative Party supporters.

Channel 4 host Cathy Newman asked the actor what his alter ego, Alan Partridge, would make of the election.

Mr Coogan said: “Alan Partridge is ill-informed and ignorant, therefore he is a Conservative and a Brexiteer.

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“The reason the Tories don’t invest as much money in education is because they depend on a certain level of ignorance for their support.”

He also emerged as a leading figure in a letter co signed by 40 cultural figures backing Jeremy Corbyn in the election last year.

The message read: “We are shamed by extreme levels of inequality, neglect and environmental impoverishment resulting from decades of neoliberalism, in Britain and across the world.

“We are inspired by growing movements, from Chile to Lebanon and beyond, calling for dignity, accountability and economic justice.

“In the UK, Labour’s election manifesto under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership offers a transformative plan that prioritises the needs of people and planet over private profit and the vested interests of a few.”

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After the Labour Party suffered a huge defeat, Mr Coogan said: “I think there was a confused message on Brexit. I think the press didn’t help – they demonised him.

“I don’t think he was particularly charismatic, I don’t think he wanted the job in the first place.

“I think if you asked people who didn’t want to vote for Corbyn which of his policies they didn’t like they wouldn’t have been able to tell you, so to me it was actually a personality thing.”



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