‘Disastrous consequences!’ Anger at talks to block Charles’ role as Head

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‘Disastrous consequences!’ Anger at talks to block Charles’ role as Head of Commonwealth

THE monarch should not be overthrown as the head of the Commonwealth, a royal expert has fumed, following the revelation secret talks were underway to replace the Queen when she dies.

‘Disastrous consequences!’ Anger at talks to block Charles’ role as Head of Commonwealth
THE monarch should not be overthrown as the head of the Commonwealth, a royal expert has fumed, following the revelation secret talks were underway to replace the Queen when she dies.

The Queen will be succeeded by Prince Charles Photo (C) GETTY
The Queen will be succeeded by Prince Charles Photo (C) GETTY

“The organisation has English as its common language and its values are embodied in numerous institutions which are evidence of close cooperation in many fields but whose work is often largely unpublicised.

“It is an admirable forum for soft power diplomacy. No one doubts the devotion of the Queen to the Commonwealth throughout her reign.”

The group is expected to report to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London in April, which could be the last the monarch will attend.

The Queen was proclaimed head of the Commonwealth during her coronation when she took on the role of state in seven of its eight members.

A rotating headship could have disastrous consequences if a repressive regime such as that in Sri Lanka assumed the headship

Richard Fitzwilliams

Today, the group has 53 members, mostly former constituents of the British Empire, of whom the Queen is head of state to 15 of the members.

Mr Fitzwilliams said the idea of replacing the monarch would mean Commonwealth has to choose a rotating headship or make its Secretary General its head.

The Queen turns 92 in April Photo (C) GETTY
The Queen turns 92 in April Photo (C) GETTY

He said: “A rotating headship could have disastrous consequences if a repressive regime such as that in Sri Lanka assumed the headship because it was its ‘turn’.

“No bureaucrat could possibly attract the interest the link with the monarchy gives it. It would mean scaled down interest in a body which has to struggle to get publicity as it is.

“The Commonwealth Games alongside the biannual CHOGM meetings attract a good deal of attention but it is the royal link which gives the Commonwealth its unique cachet.”

The royal expert said Prince Charles and his son, Prince William, were likely members of the royal family to succeed the Queen

He added: “The Queen has embodied that link, but Prince Charles is highly respected and there will be a great deal of enthusiasm in the Commonwealth for Prince William who will succeed him.

“Fifteen of the Commonwealth countries are still the Queen’s realms, five more are monarchies, the rest are republics. The organisation has assumed a special importance for Britain after Brexit too.”

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

Tags: Prince Charles, Camilla, Queen Elizabeth II