Letter to The Editor
To The Australian
There is no truth in Greg Craven's claim ('"King Charles" would skew our republican debate', 23/2) that the death of Her Majesty the Queen 'could set off a constitutional crisis here.' Upon her death Prince Charles would be at once proclaimed King of the United Kingdom and he would then immediately become King of Australia and of the other royal realms. There is no possibility of interruption of a smooth process of succession.
Prince Charles is one of the most intelligent and dedicated royal personages in the 1100-year history of the British monarchy. He holds a university degree and is the author of a brilliant book on the world's ecological crisis ('Harmony') and of many profound and perceptive speeches on a wide range of important cultural matters. He has worked tirelessly for many charities and performed his long period of service as heir apparent with great dignity. Craven's description of him as 'an unlikeable nutjob' is nonsense.
NJ, Belgrave, Vic