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King Charles III’s reign may see Australia ‘gone’ from Commonwealth

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King Charles III may oversee Australia’s removal as a Commonwealth nation, sparking an exodus of nations from the group of countries with the British Royal Family at their core.

That’s according to historian Andrew Lownie, who believes countries such as Canada and New Zealand could also opt to remove themselves from the rule of the monarchy.

Questions over the need of the Royal Family have plagued discussion for generations, with the debate under the microscope after King Charles III’s Coronation this month.

Rallies were held to protest against the Firm on the day of the monarch’s crowning, and in Saint Kitts and Nevis, a country in the Commonwealth, prime minister Terrance Drew said his nation should become a republic.

It’s led many to speculate which nation could leave the Commonwealth next and what may happen as a result of the decision.

Lownie, author of the 2021 book Traitor King: The Scandalous Exile of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, told the Royal Family would likely endure until at least the reign of Prince George – who will step up as monarch following his father Prince William’s time as King – as “there is no better option”.

Lownie continued: “The Caribbean countries are on the way out starting this year but will stay within the Commonwealth.

“Whether William will lead that is a moot question.”

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The royal historian added: “The big question is what will happen to Australia, New Zealand and Canada. I think lots of tours there but Australia may have gone by the end of Charles’ reign.”

It’s a belief shared by Australian actor Hugh Jackman, who argued it is inevitable that Australia will one day become a republic – the only question is when.

He described the move as a “natural part of evolution” while speaking about the monarchy in February with Laura Kuenssberg.

However, he argues there is “no ill will” in his belief.

The X-Men star continued: “My father made us stop doing whatever we could in 1981 to watch the wedding of Lady Di and Prince Charles.

“We had champagne… there was no bunting at our house but if my dad could have found it there would have been.”

He added: “I’ve met the Queen on several occasions, the Queen Mother and Prince Charles… and I see and feel a real genuine desire to be of service to the public.”

In a poll by Lord Ashcroft in March, 42 percent of Australians said they wished to be a republic, with 35 percent saying they wished to remain with the monarchy. The remainder were unsure.

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