Charles tells Commonwealth leaders that it is his decision to become a republic


The Prince of Wales is expected to communicate the decisions of Commonwealth leaders on whether to retain the queen as head of state or to become a republic, “every member state has to decide.”

Charles’s remarks will be made during the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Prime Minister’s and President’s Summit in Rwanda, where he will say that a long life has taught him that these fundamental changes are “calm and without fuss.” “It simply came to our notice then.

But it is likely that his observations will be interpreted as acknowledging the forces already in motion, as many Caribbean nations have already suggested that they could overthrow the British monarchy and elect their own head of state.

He is representing the Queen at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), but his visit has been overshadowed by comments criticizing the government’s plan to send asylum seekers to Rwanda. Was

Prince of Wales and Prime Minister Boris Johnson (Stephen Russo / PA) / PA Archives

The Prince’s Office, Clarence House, declined to comment on comments made by Boris Johnson on Thursday who appeared to be covering up the prince and those who attacked his plan to forcibly evict refugees in Rwanda.

Mr Johnson said before meeting with Charles later on Friday: “People need to be open-minded about policy, critics need to be open-minded about policy.”

In response, a Clarence House spokesman said: “As we have said before, we will not comment on private speculation except to say that the prince is politically neutral. Is.”

In his inaugural address, Charles is expected to say: “The Commonwealth consists of countries that have constitutional relations with my family, some who continue to do so, and increasingly those who do not have.

“I want to make it clear, as I have said before, that the constitutional arrangement of each member, as a republic or monarchy, is to be decided by purely every member state.

“The advantage of a long life gives me the experience that such arrangements can change peacefully and without hatred.”

Prince of Wales joins Sandra Mason, President of Barbados (Jonathan Brady / PA) / PA Archives

Barbados took the historic step of replacing the queen as head of state in November last year and elected its first president during a ceremony at the prince’s testimony.

The March visit of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to the Caribbean seemed to raise the issue of other spheres of secession from the British monarchy – of which the Queen is the head of state.

The Prime Minister of Jamaica, Andrew Hollins, who has traveled to Rwanda for Chogum, advised the couple that their country could be the next country to become a republic.

A few days after Cambridge left Belize, Henry Charles Usher, Minister for Constitutional and Political Reform, allegedly told the Belize Parliament: “Perhaps now is the time for Belize to take the next step in favor of our independence. This is a matter for the Belizeans to decide.

Charles is also expected to say: “But as I said in Barbados last November, we must never forget the things that do not change: the close and reliable partnership between the members of the Commonwealth; our common Values ​​and common goals; and, perhaps most importantly, the strong and enduring ties between the people of the Commonwealth that strengthen us all. “

Prince of Wales, Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau and President of Rwanda Paul Kagam (Jonathan Brady / PA) / PA Wire

The prince will shed light on one of the basic principles of the family of nations – how all members have the same status: “We have a common family – and will always have – an independent association of sovereign nations.”

“We meet and talk as equals, sharing our knowledge and experience for the betterment of all Commonwealth citizens and indeed the wider world.”

Before the opening ceremony in the capital, Kigali, Charles, who has joined the Duchess of Cornwall, will meet with Rwandan President Paul Kagame and First Lady Janet Kagame, Commonwealth Secretary-General Baroness Scotland and Mr Johnson and his wife. Will

Charles and Mr Johnson are due to meet after a “family photo” of world leaders, but it is understood that despite proposals to become prime minister, the two men are unlikely to discuss a controversial immigration policy.

Three topics on the agenda are sustainability, youth – including the work of Princes Trust International and the fact that 60% of the Commonwealth’s population is under 30 – and the history and values ​​of the Commonwealth and Charles’ passion for it.

During Friday, the prince will host a reception for the 25 new heads of government and later hold bilateral meetings with leaders at the Kigali Convention Center for the opening ceremony.

The royal couple’s visit to Rwanda will conclude when the queen hosts a four-day dinner for visiting world leaders.