Doubt cast over whether Prince Charles will be king of Australia

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Doubt cast over whether Prince Charles will be king of Australia

The prime minister said Australians would have to decide how to elect a president if the country cuts ties with The Crown.

Camilla reportedly bought Charles some gardening gloves from The House & Garden Shop in Holt
Camilla reportedly bought Charles some gardening gloves from The House & Garden Shop in Holt

Australia’s prime minister has cast doubt over whether Prince Charles will be head of state of the Commonwealth country.

Malcolm Turnbull raised the issue of removing the monarchy and becoming a republic after Queen Elizabeth.

“I don’t think it will become a frontline issue before then,” Turnbull said in Sydney on New Year’s Day.

In a 1999 referendum, 54.87% of Australians voted to keep the Queen as the head of state. Turnbull, who had campaigned for a republic, added: “We all say ‘long live the Queen’ with great sincerity and love.”

Prince Charles sits next to Camilla during an interview.
Prince Charles sits next to Camilla during an interview.

If the issue is reignited, Liberal Party leader Turnbull said the first thing needed “is an open discussion about how a president would be elected”.

According to The Mirror, the prime minister suggested holding a postal vote on the issue.

Turnbull’s remarks come on the heels of criticism by Australia’s former Prime Minister Paul Keating, who blasted Turnbull for not pushing the issue of forming a republic. “How utterly absurd that we have to borrow the monarch of another country,” Keating said. “How pathetic.”

Prince Charles and Camilla smile as they arrive at Buckingham Palace Photo (C) GETTY
Prince Charles and Camilla smile as they arrive at Buckingham Palace Photo (C) GETTY

Before Liberal Party leader Turnbull met the Queen at Buckingham Palace last July, he said: “Most Australian republicans are Elizabethans as well.”

The Queen is head of state of 15 Commonwealth Realms, including Barbados, Canada, Jamaica and New Zealand. The Mirror noted that many of those countries could rethink their ties to the Crown when Charles becomes king.

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles stand together holding hands. Photo (C) GETTY
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles stand together holding hands. Photo (C) GETTY

So far, Barbados and Jamaica have announced their intention to replace the Queen but have yet to do so.

Source: ibtimes co uk

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