Queen: Expert discusses Royal Family's future in Australia
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Former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull called for a referendum on the monarchy following Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s explosive Oprah Winfrey interview. Royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams has since said it is “inevitable” the Royal Family will not be head of state in Australia “one day”. Speaking to Express.co.uk, he said: “Malcolm Turnbull was once the head of the republican movement in Australia but obviously it’s up to Australia what future they want.
“In 1999, they voted to stay with the monarchy.
“For years there has been a very strong movement in Australia for a republic.
“Many considered it inevitable that will one day be what happened.
“But I don’t believe it’s because of a single interview, this must be something the Australian people will decide.”
Mr Turnbull recently told ABC TV that Austrlia’s head of state should be an Australian citizen, not the king or queen of the UK.
He added: “It’s clearly an unhappy family, or at least Meghan and Harry are unhappy. It seems very sad.”
Mr Turnbull said that the Queen had been an “extraordinary” head of state, and added: “I think, frankly, in Australia, there are more Elizabethans than there are monarchists.
“After the end of the Queen’s reign, that is the time for us to say – OK, we’ve passed that watershed and do we really want to have whoever happens to be head of state, the king or queen of the UK, automatically our head of state?”
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It comes as a new Deltapoll survey found more than half of 18 to 24-year-olds want Prince Harry to be crowned King when the Queen dies as he is the “preferred future monarch”.
A total of 51 percent of respondents in the age bracket want the Duke to follow in the footsteps of the monarch despite stepping down from royal duties and moving to LA.
Fortyseven percent overall of the 1,590 adults polled wants Prince William to be King over Prince Charles.
Speaking to the Australian morning show Sunrise, royal commentator Anna Musson said: “Of course you’re going to vote for the person similar to you.
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“I think it’s a real blow for Prince Charles, he just can’t catch a break.
“The popularity status continues to come second to your son, it’s a bit of a blow but regardless of how you feel, it works by lineage and Prince Charles is going to be next.”
Another correspondent added: “Listen to the people!
“I think you’ve got to go with those that are staunch monarchists and they want to see the right people lead the Royal Family.”
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