Charles and Camilla face 'ongoing debate about future of monarchy' during Canada visit

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are visiting Canada this week to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee

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More than 2,000 miles will be covered during the short three-day tour.

Charles is very familiar with the country where, one day, he will be Head of State.

This week will be his 19th official visit since 1970 and the Duchess of Cornwall's fifth.

As well as celebrating the Queen's 70 years of service, the royal couple will highlight issues important to them.

The Prince of Wales has a keen interest in preserving the planet for future generations to enjoy and has long believed that we need to learn from indigenous communities on how we should care for the planet.

Canada is seeing the impact of climate change, particularly in the Northwest Territories where some areas are experiencing huge floods for a second year in a row.

Prince Charles and Camilla
Prince Charles and Camilla
Prince Charles and Camilla visit Canada House
Prince Charles and Camilla visit Canada House

Ralph Goodale, Canada's High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, told GB News: "Prince Charles plays an important role in the world in catalysing action around climate change.

"He can be very influential in getting governments, businesses focused and committed to do the very difficult things that need to be done and to do them in a way that builds an economy for the future that is more successful than the one we've had in the past."

Charles will attend a meeting focused on sustainable finance in combating climate change and building a net-zero economy.

He will also talk to members of the local indigenous community in the Northwest Territories about the impact of climate change in Northern Canada and how their traditions could help us adapt to a warming world.

Prince Charles and Camilla
Prince Charles and Camilla

The Duchess of Cornwall is an avid reader and has a strong interest in promoting the benefits of her hobby.

Alongside her husband, she will promote youth literacy at a school in Ottawa.

The Duchess has launched an Instagram community for book lovers of "all ages, abilities and backgrounds" which was inspired by the success of the reading lists she shared during the coronavirus pandemic in 2020.

Camilla will also show her support for women who have suffered from domestic violence.

Her Royal Highness will visit a "safe transitional housing centre" for women and children in need of a stable and safe environment.

Last year, Canadian protesters toppled statues of Queen Elizabeth II and Queen Victoria following the discovery of mass graves of indigenous children who were sent to residential schools in the 19th and 20th Centuries.

The former Private Secretary to two of Canada's Lieutenant Governors, Richard Berthelsen, suggests the protesters were angry at the establishment.

The Queen is Head of State, hence royals became a target.

Prince William and Kate, and Prince Edward and Sophie, faced small protests during their official tours to the Caribbean earlier this year, over historical links to slavery.

Protesters demanded a public apology and reparation payments from the UK Government over its role in the slave trade.

Charles is taking on more duties from the Queen, because problems with her mobility are forcing her to pull out of some public events.

Richard Berthelsen questions how popular the Prince of Wales is, compared with his mother.

He told GB News: "There is an ongoing debate that's growing about the future of the monarchy as we do approach the end of this reign.

"People will be looking at Prince Charles and I think really assessing whether they can see him as the next King of Canada."

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall were invited by the Canadian government to spend time in their country.

They will visit Newfoundland, Ottawa, and the Northwest Territories from 17th to 19th May.

GB News is in Canada for the royal tour, and you can keep up to date on our website and social media channels.