The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will visit Australia next month for the Commonwealth Games but their visit will not see the Prince discussing any matters related to Australia’s monarchy.
Despite the fact that during his five-day stay, Prince Charles is likely to be attending events and making a few speeches, he has apparently declined an invitation from the Australian Republic Movement to discuss the future of their monarchy.
In response to the invitation, the movement received a reply from Prince Charles’s Assistant Private Secretary, Bernadette Smith.
Australian Republic’s national director, Michael Cooney said: “They apologise for the slow reply and they say The Queen and the Prince of Wales have always made it clear that they believe that the future of the monarchy in Australia is for the Australian people to decide.”
However, the word-for-word response has not been shared to the Associated Press, with Mr Cooney explaining it had been marked ‘private and confidential’.
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will be flying out together to the Commonwealth Games.
According to reports from royal correspondent Camilla Tominey, Camilla is on a mission to help Prince Charles become the next head of the Commonwealth, a role he will not automatically take on despite being next in line to the throne.
However, Camilla will not be spending as many days in the country as Prince Charles.
Reports in the International Business Times suggest a spokesman for Clarence House has revealed this is nothing to worry about though as her shorter stay is not related to any kind of health issues.
“There are no health reasons (for the Duchess pulling out after two days). She is fit as a flea.”
“The Duchess does not like flying, but I think she sometimes has to embrace that fear and get on with it.”
The Prince of Wales, on the other hand, will be spending much of his time away travelling as he is due to visit the Pacific nation of Vanuatu, Cairns, Gove and Darwin.
And according to investigative author, Tom Bower’s book, ‘Rebel Prince: The Power, Passion and Defiance of Prince Charles’, the Prince of Wales has some pretty big travel demands including delivering organic food to wherever he is located.
But whatever Prince Charles likes to eat while he is away, one thing is clear; he will be taking his royal duties very seriously, even if this doesn’t include speaking about the future of Australia’s monarchy.