Former Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has again called for the country to end its relationship with the British monarch and become a free Republic.
“After the end of the Queen’s reign, that is the time for us to say – OK, we’ve passed that watershed, and do we really want to have whoever happens to be head of state, the King or Queen of the UK, automatically our head of state?”
The former PM was not alone in renewing the call for an Australian republic. Jenny Hocking, a professor at Monash University who was the driving force behind the release of the Palace letters involving controversial Australian Governor-General Sir John Kerr, said the “extraordinary” interview was “one of several instances recently where the veil of royal secrecy has been lifted and what you see it is not altogether pleasant”.
During the interview, Meghan also suggested there was an attempt to change that precedent and said she was upset at the “idea of the first member of color in this family, not being titled in the same way that other grandchildren would be”.
She said: “It’s not their right to take it away.”
Meghan continued: “In those months when I was pregnant – all around this same time – so we (had) the conversation of he won’t be given security, he’s not going to be given a title.
“And also concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he’s born.