Royal news: Republican warns Prince Charles will not share the same level of support as the Queen | Royal | News
National Movement Director for the Republic of Australia, Sandy Biar, told Express.co.uk some of its members are still warm to the Queen and respect her service, but have been turned away by Prince Charles ascending to the throne. Mr Biar explained that the Prince of Wales’ political posture had raised concerns among some Australians who believed it was not the monarch’s role to get involved in politics. When asked if there was anything the royal family could do to change Australian opinion on republicanism, Mr Biar said unless there was a “radical” change in the From Prince Charles, more and more people would move towards the removal of the monarch as head of state.
Speak to Express.co.uk. Mr Biar has been asked to comment on the royal family and the specific disagreements he has over them.
Mr Biar explained: ‘Look, I think it’s fair to say that most Australians have a positive opinion of the Queen, overall they feel that she has served the Kingdom very well- United and that she has been a good leader for the United Kingdom.
“But I don’t think Australians have the same opinion on the success of Prince Charles who doesn’t have about the same level of support …
“Prince Charles is expected to transform into a radically different person than he has been in his adult life.
“We have seen constant political interventions from him to congratulate an Australian governor general who controversially sacked an elected Australian government…
“To the Black Spider Memos … and more recent campaigns on economic and environmental policy.
“So from what we see he is an eclectic activist at heart, which is in stark contrast to what you would expect from a head of state in a constitutional monarchy.”
Earlier in the interview, Mr Biar also spoke about how Prince Harry and Meghan are not helping the cause of the royal family.
He explained that Prince Harry had shown the problem of “hereditary settlement” as individuals were pushed into positions of power whether they or other people wanted them to be there.
In Australia, the Governor General acts as the Queen’s representative and performs several functions on her behalf.
In 2020, a letter from Prince Charles was made public after writing to former Australian Governor General Sir John Kerr supporting his decision to sack Prime Minister Gough Whitlam.
The letter, written in the mid-1970s, said: ‘What you did last year was right and the brave thing to do – and most Australians seemed to agree with your decision on the matter. “
Other letters to politicians were discovered in the early 2000s, known as the “Black Spider Memos”.
These letters revealed that Prince Charles had private correspondence with British political leaders, which called into question the neutrality of the future king.
But while most of the letters were seen as relatively harmless, the revelation sounded the alarm bells for critics of the Royal Family as they feared they would try to get more involved in politics in the future.
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Prince Charles was also one of the main figures at the Cop26 summit where he gave several speeches and established contacts with world leaders.
Australia held a referendum on transformation into a republic in 1999 which would have seen the queen replaced by a head of state chosen by parliament.
The referendum was lost with 54% of the vote against, with many analysts saying the system that would replace the royal family was not much appreciated.
Mr Biar told Express.co.uk his group will present a new campaign in the coming months which he says will address referendum issues.
Clarence House has been approached for comment