Clive Lewis has called for a referendum on the future of the Monarchy as part of his pitch to be leader of the Labour Party.
Mr Lewis’ proposal comes as he is struggles to get support for his bid from other MPs in the party
He told an audience in Brixton that the decision by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to step back from public life could be a “model” for the future of the Royal Family.
He said: ”Why not have a referendum in this country on the future of the Royal family ?”
The Norwich South MP said the public should be allowed to vote on “what the future of the monarchy is” and claimed there was widespread support for the Royal Family being “scaled down”.
Answering questions following a speech in south London, Mr Lewis said: “I think a lot of people would like to see the monarchy scaled down.”
“Why not have a referendum in this country on the future of the Royal Family?”
He continued: “Let’s talk about what a modern state looks like and what the role of the Royal Family would look like.”
“Let the British public decide what the future of the monarchy is and what shape it should be.”