Prince Charles is poised to take over from the Queen of Britain as head of the Commonwealth and stand in for his ageing mother at the Commonwealth Games in Australia Coast next year. This has triggered disquiet among many of the 52 member nations that make up the Commonwealth, with many voicing their opinion that the Commonwealth should have a revolving leadership as the British hereditary monarch is no longer a suitable symbol for the Commonwealth.
As per a report in the The Australian –
“The Times of UK has reported that the Prince of Wales will almost definitely succeed the Queen at the helm of the 52-nation organisation — a post she has held for 65 years.
While Charles, 68, is heir to the throne, there is no automatic succession to the Queen’s ceremonial position as head of the Commonwealth. The Times said Buckingham Palace was mounting a “determined campaign” to ensure he was next in line for the job.
Although the Queen is indelibly associated with the Commonwealth secretariat, there is nothing in the organisation’s rule book that states it has to be headed by the British monarch. When the Queen dies, officials will have to move quickly to find a consensus among member states.
The Commonwealth has always been careful to pay lip service to the notion that it is up to all the member countries to determine who takes over. It has been suggested the Commonwealth could have a revolving leadership or even drop the idea of having one at all.
Baroness Scotland of Asthal, secretary-general of the Commonwealth, stuck to the official line in telling The Times that member countries should be allowed to come to their own conclusions, but a source told the paper the job would go to Charles.”
‘Worrying for the Commonwealth’
The dissenting voices can be heard from within Britain too. Director of the Institute of Commonwealth studies, Professor Philip Murphy, has told the BBC it was “worrying for the Commonwealth” that this issue was being decided behind closed doors. “There needs to be a proper and open debate about the future of the headship and about whether, in the 21st century, a British hereditary monarch would be a suitable symbol for the Commonwealth,” he said.
Kartyayani Vaishno Kumari, from the ‘Commonwealth Association of Scholars’ has alleged that Britain has ‘bribed’ a few smaller nations to impose Prince Charles as the next head of Commonwealth. In a statement to HinduPost, she said –
“This is a ploy by the British royals to delude the British commoner to think that the Queen and the royals are still head of an old empire, a status ordinary British politicians can never reach.
It is unbelievably arrogant and selfish of Britain to try and impose Charles as the head of the Commonwealth. Majority of the Commonwealth countries desire no further association with the British royal family.
No one else is impressed any more by the likes of Charles, Andrew, William, Harry or Kate. We would rather deal with decent British entrepreneurs, businessmen, scientists, doctors and politicians than the so-called royal family.
Those who are acting as if the Commonwealth is just an extension of the old British colonial empire headed by their monarch, should read Dr. Shashi Tharoor’s book, “The Inglorious Empire”.
If Britain insists on foisting Charles as the head of Commonwealth, several countries in the Commonwealth will boycott trade from Britain post Brexit, as this will be seen as and in effect become an attempt to re-colonise countries which are now proud republics .
Only to help the British public realize that these ‘royals’ are no longer wanted any where else, we will be burning effigies of Charles, William, Kate, and Andrew across 40 Commonwealth countries on 25th of June at 6 pm.”
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