Prince Charles tells Commonwealth leaders becoming a republic is ‘their own decision’

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Prince Charles speaks during the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (Picture: Getty)

Prince Charles told Commonwealth nations that decisions about whether they keep the Queen as head of state or become a republic are ‘matters for them to decide’.

The comment appears to nod to the forces already in motion as a number of Caribbean nations have already suggested they may ditch the British monarchy and elect their own heads of state.

Australia’s newly elected Labor government also made clear its intention to to remove the Queen when it appointed a minister to oversee the transition to a republic.

Charles said: ‘The Commonwealth contains within it, countries that have had constitutional relationships with my family, some that continue to do so, and increasingly those that have had none.

‘I want to say clearly, as I have said before, that each member’s Constitutional arrangement, as republic or monarchy, is purely a matter for each member country to decide.’

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