SHOCK as Prince Charles accused of being ‘UNFIT’ of taking over

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SHOCK as Prince Charles accused of being ‘UNFIT’ of taking over the Commonwealth

Prince Charles has been accused of being unfit to succeed the Queen as Head of the Commonwealth, as he is not regarded as “level-headed” or “someone people respect”, according to a leading Labour MP.

Labour MP Kate Osamor suggested Prince Charles should not become Head of the Commonwealth Photo (C) GETTY
Labour MP Kate Osamor suggested Prince Charles should not become Head of the Commonwealth Photo (C) GETTY

Kate Osamor, the Shadow International Development Secretary and MP for Edmonton since 2015, claimed she had no issue with the royal family, but suggested that someone else should assume the role other than Prince Charles following the Queen.

The Corbyn ally said: “I just don’t think it should be him.

“I don’t really know what he’s been up to of late.

“He’s not been that vocal on issues.”

She suggested that the Commonwealth needed someone who was “level-headed, someone people respect, but also someone who thinks outside the box.”

Ms Osamor’s views were however not endorsed by other Labour MPs, with John Mann slamming her comments, saying: “That is not the view of many Labour voters or many Labour MPs.

“Politicians interfering in the running of the royal family is never very clever.

“It is self-evidently not the case that Prince Charles is not respected and he may be even more popular across the Commonwealth than the UK.”

Ms Osamor’s comments, published in an interview with The House magazine, come only three days before the start of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London on Monday, where representatives of all the 53 nations will be in attendance.

The Queen will open the five-day event being held at Buckingham Palace, St James’s Palace and Windsor Castle, but this is expected to be the final summit she will attend.

Although Prince Charles will become King upon the death of his mother, the title of Head of the Commonwealth is not hereditary, and there have been increasing calls for it to be passed to someone else.

It was reported in February that Commonwealth leaders had already begun holding secret meetings to discuss the governance of the Commonwealth, and issues surrounding succession following the Queen.

Labour MP Kate Osamor suggested Prince Charles should not become Head of the Commonwealth Photo (C) GETTY
Labour MP Kate Osamor suggested Prince Charles should not become Head of the Commonwealth Photo (C) GETTY

Speaking prior to the meeting in February, a senior source said: “I imagine the question of the succession, however distasteful it may naturally be, will come up.”

The Commonwealth however issued a formal statement denying that the group had examined the issue of succession, and stated that it was “not part of the group’s mandate.”

The Queen nevertheless remains fully committed to the organisation, and praised the diversity of the global institution in her Commonwealth Day message released ahead of the summit.

She said: “We all have reason to give thanks for the numerous ways in which our lives are enriched when we learn from others.

“Through exchanging ideas, and seeing life from other perspectives, we grow in understanding and work more collaboratively towards a common future.

“There is a very special value in the insights we gain through the Commonwealth connection; shared inheritances help us overcome difference so that diversity is a cause for celebration rather than division.”

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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