Queen’s consent revelations show ‘absolutely outrageous abuse of constitutional position’

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QUEEN’S CONSENT revelations this year demonstrated an “absolutely outrageous abuse of a constitutional position”, an Australian historian told Express co uk.

These astonishing claims were made by the Guardian, after they reviewed relevant documents in the National Archives.

Professor Jenny Hocking told Express.co.uk this discovery was a huge blow to the monarchy and one of four major chinks in the armour of royal secrecy in recent years.

The most recent of these chinks in the armour was Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s interview with Oprah Winfrey.

Prof Hocking said: “[The interview] joins what have been several other very important ways in which that armour of secrecy has been chiselled away.

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Queen Elizabeth II vetted over 1,000 laws before they went to Parliament (Image: GETTY)

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Meghan and Harry’s interview was a chink in the armour of royal secrecy, said Hocking (Image: GETTY)

“The Guardian only recently in the UK had some very, very important revelations from the archives in the UK about the use of [Queen’s Consent] power to effectively protect the financial interests of the Queen and Prince Charles in a really dramatic way, by vetting legislation effectively before it goes into the Parliament.

“Now, that is an absolutely outrageous abuse of a constitutional position to do what no other British citizen could ever do, which is to have their own personal involvement in legislation that might affect them and make sure they are protected from it.

“That’s a really critical set of revelations, really important.”

Prof Hocking is a historian who, last year, successfully petitioned the High Court in Australia to overrule an embargo over a set of letters related to an Australian constitutional crisis known as the Dismissal.

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Professor Hocking has written a book about the Palace Letters (Image: Janusz Molinski Photography)

The Dismissal took place in 1975 and involved the Queen’s representative in Australia, Governor-General Sir John Kerr, dismissing Prime Minister Gough Whitlam and his government after he failed to get his budget passed.

Leader of the Opposition Malcolm Fraser was then installed as caretaker Prime Minister and debate has raged ever since as to whether Sir John had the right to make that decision and to what extent the Queen and the royal household were involved.

The Palace Letters consist of 45-year-old correspondence between the Queen, her private secretary and the Governor-General in the lead up to the Dismissal.

After a four-year-long legal battle and a final profound victory at the High Court, the Palace Letters were released and, according to Prof Hocking, revealed that the Queen had considerable knowledge of what was going on.

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The Black Spider letters were written by Prince Charles to Tony Blair and his ministers (Image: GETTY)

These letters were the third chink in the armour of royal secrecy in recent years.

Prof Hocking said: “My own Palace Letters case has contributed to [breaking down royal secrecy] by opening up their involvement in our Governor-General’s decision to dismiss an elected government from office, absolutely volcanic revelations through the Palace Letters.

“So we’ve had three really big chinks in that armour, really chasms in the armour you might say of royal secrecy.”

The final chink in the armour, she argued, was the Guardian’s successful release of the Black Spider Memos in 2015.

This came after a decade-long fight for the release of several letters Prince Charles wrote to Tony Blair and his ministers in which he reportedly advocated for certain policies.

Prof Hocking, who is on the National Executive of the Australian Republic Movement, said there has been a 19 percent increase in membership over the past year.

She said a large portion of this came in the wake of her Palace Letters victory last year but that there was another, smaller peak in the weeks after the Oprah interview.

The historian claimed this demonstrates that the interview has increased momentum in terms of Australia moving towards a republic.

She said the interview raised issues and concerns that call into question the relevance of an “out of touch monarchy” in modern Australia.

She said: “Now we have this interview I think being a fourth [chink in the armour] that really contributes to, on a more personal level, seeing how the monarchy works and seeing some really disturbing things there.

“I mean, the image we get is not a very palatable one, it’s not a good one, it’s not at all pleasant to see some of the workings of the Palace there.”

‘The Palace Letters: the Queen, the Governor-General and the Plot to Dismiss Gough Whitlam’ was written by Jenny Hocking and published in 2020 by Scribe UK. Details 

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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