The Queen’s eldest son, Prince Charles, is the next successor to the British throne. Despite this, his future rule in Australia is in question as Australian Republicans intend to abandon the British monarchy. Daily Express royal correspondent Richard Palmer discussed this in the latest episode of the Royal Roundup and spoke of his shock as Australia is set to back down on King Charles’ claims.
Speaking to host Pandora Forsyth at the Royal Roundup, Mr Palmer said: ‘There was an interesting article in one of the other newspapers today, in The Times, George Brandis, the High Commissioner leaving for Australia.
“He was at an event I attended on Monday when the Duke of Cambridge laid a wreath at the Cenotaph in London on behalf of the Queen to mark Anzac Day and the sacrifice of Australians and New Zealanders who served in the forces”.
Anzac Day marks the anniversary of the unfortunate Gallipoli landings in the First World War.
Mr. Palmer continued: “He [Brandis] was basically saying that Britain should be less ashamed if you will, I paraphrase, of its imperial heritage.
“He should be proud of some of the things the empire has achieved and should recognize that part of that heritage means the UK and the British Royal Family are highly respected in many parts of the world.
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“It’s interesting, because he [Brandis] is someone who I think served in a few governments in Australia, he said he thought Prince Charles would make a good king and be King of Australia.”
“I found it interesting because certainly the last two times I’ve been to Australia, on a royal tour, I’ve understood, particularly I’ve been there when John Howard was Prime Minister, I understood that there was an agreement between both the centre-right and centre-left parties, which tend to serve Australian governments whose time had come to replace the monarchy when the Queen died.
“There seems to be a consensus that Charles will not become king and maybe that won’t happen and maybe the monarchy will survive in Australia.
Ms Forsyth added: “It would have worked out really well with Charles.
“It will definitely open up a whole new discussion when that time, you know, comes, which inevitably will.”
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During one of his last public engagements before the end of his four-year term, Mr Brandis was asked if Australia would become a republic in his lifetime.
“There are a lot of opinions in Australia that want to be a republic. And a large body of opinion that does not want to be a republic. And none of them have a majority,” he told the British Foreign Policy Group in London.
“And then there’s a floating group that thinks it sounds like a good idea in theory, but when you look at the practical consequences, it becomes too difficult.”