The Real Reason Why King Charles Could Give Up Throne in Australia
He might not be King Charles of Australia for long.
King Charles is not just the King of the United Kingdom, but 14 Commonwealths as well. He is the King of Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, The Bahamas, Belize, Canada, Grenada, Jamaica, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Solomon Islands, and Tuvalu. However, according to a new report, it is possible that he will "renounce his claim on Australia" turning the nation back over to the Australian people. However, one expert isn't quite so confident that the new reigning monarch will give up his claim on the continent.
According to a former Prime Minister, Paul Keating, who served as the Labour Leader for Australia from 1991 to 1996, there is a good chance that King Charles will not be reigning over the continent for long. Keating was very close to the Queen for many years, with him visiting her at Buckingham Palace and he hosting her for many tours in Australia.
According to Keating, he had privately met with Queen Elizabeth at Balmoral prior to her death, discussing a campaign for an Australian head of state. He added that she was all for giving up claims to it.
"I think the royal family would have been so glad for the referendum to have passed, to be honest," he said, referring to a failed vote in 1999. However, he isn't quite as sure that King Charles will be as willing as his mother. "I wouldn't be at all surprised if King Charles III, the king of Australia, doesn't volunteer […] to renounce his claim on Australia," he said during an online event this week.
Now, it seems less likely that they will be able to take back their republic. "Look at the French. The French had a revolution for their republic. The Americans had a revolution for their republic. We couldn't even pinch ours off Queen Elizabeth II – who didn't want it. We couldn't take the title, even if the monarch was happy to give it," he continued.
"Charles III, king of Australia, is a constitutional aberration. That's what it is," he added. According to a Buckingham Palace spokesperson, this topic is a "matter for the people and the government of Australia."