Prince Harry’s ‘attacks’ on Royal Family are being ‘exploited’ by republicans in Australia


Campaigners who want Australia to become a republic are using bombshell claims made by Prince Harry to advance their cause, a monarchist said

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Prince Harry attends The Landmine Free World 2025 reception (Image: Getty)

The Duke also criticised his father King Charles III and stepmother Camilla, Queen Consort, in the ghost-written book which is the fastest-selling non-fiction book in the UK since records began in 1998.

Sandy Biar, National Director and CEO of the Australian Republic Movement, told described the Royal Family as dysfunctional, adding support for a republic has surged over the past four months.

Over that period, Elizabeth II was succeeded by King Charles III, the Sussexes’ Netlfix series aired and Spare was published around the world.


Shoppers pass a poster promoting Prince Harry’s book in Bath (Image: Getty)


Harry and Meghan arrive to attend the Ripple of Hope Award Gala in New York (Image: Getty)

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Mr Biar said: “We can do better than inheriting our Head of State from a dysfunctional family on the other side of the planet.”

Asked how Spare has affected support for the monarchy in Australia, Mr Benwell told “Republicans are using it to suggest the Royal Family are dysfunctional, but I don’t think it is getting them very far.

“[Republicans] pounced on the comment Harry made in regard to racism, which he’s since retracted. But it’s not gaining any headway.”

In the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s interview with Oprah Winfrey, the couple suggested a member of the Royal Family made racist comments about their son Archie’s skin colour.


Harry and Meghan in Melbourne, Australia (Image: Getty)

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Prince William and Kate, then Duchess of Cambridge, during their tour of Australia and New Zealand (Image: Getty)

Mr Benwell said a majority of people in Australia believe Prince Harry is going through a period of poor mental health.

He added: “They’re looking at his comments in that regard. People think it’s such a shame that the family is being attacked. A lot of people feel sorry for the King and Prince of Wales.”

Australians could vote on whether or not to keep the monarchy as soon as 2025, according to Mr Benwell.


Charles and Camilla during a visit to the Gold Coast, Queensland (Image: Getty)

Mr Benwell told a royal tour by King Charles would be popular and support the monarchists’ cause, but it is unlikely.

He said: “Royal visits are always popular in this country. When the current Prince of Wales came the crowds that came out were enormous, far greater than for almost anyone else.

“Whether the King is able to visit will depend on the Australian government because neither the King nor the Prince of Wales can visit without an invitation by the government. The King can’t just wake up in the morning and say, ‘We’ll visit Australia next week’. There has to be a process where the Australian government has to extend an invitation.

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Charles and Diana during their royal tour of Australia in 1983 (Image: Getty)

“Whether an invitation is extended is one thing because we know it may harm the government’s proposal for a republic.”

King Charles visited Australia in 2018 when he was the Prince of Wales. He was joined by Queen Consort Camilla, the then Duchess of Cornwall. The royal couple also went Down Under in 2015.

In the 1980s, Charles and Diana, toured Australia with the Princess of Wales wowing the crowds in particular.

Mr Benwell said: “Charles and Diana came in the 1980s and Diana was hugely popular in this country. That popularity continued adverse to Charles’s popularity, but most people have moved on from that.

“Most now accept the marriage of Charles and Camilla. They believe they can see that Charles has been a much happier person since the marriage.

“Republicans had started banging a drum about Camilla becoming queen, but [Elizabeth II’s] comments that Camilla should be queen had put that away almost totally.

“Charles is accepted as king and Camilla is accepted as queen, and they are both popular as such.”

If you are concerned about your mental health or that of a loved one, visit for advice and support.


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