Prince Charles follows Prince William's lead in week of reflection for Royal Family

The Prince of Wales has insisted there would be no hard feelings if countries choose to scrap the British Monarchy in favour of a republic

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During a speech at the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Rwanda, the heir to the throne publicly acknowledged that some of the other fourteen countries who share the Queen as head of state have started the process of changing their constitution.

Charles told world leaders: "Each member’s constitutional arrangement, as republic or monarchy, is purely a matter for each member country to decide.

"The benefit of long life brings me the experience that arrangements such as these can change, calmly and without rancour.”

In November 2021, the prince witnessed Barbados end its centuries-old ties with the monarchy and swore in its first president Dame Sandra Mason.

Prince William spoke at a Windrush memorial event this week
Prince William spoke at a Windrush memorial event this week
Prince Charles with Commonwealth leaders this week
Prince Charles with Commonwealth leaders this week

The government of neighbouring Jamaica has announced it wishes to make the country a republic by 2025 and there are rumours that other Caribbean nations could follow.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s recent tour to the Caribbean was met with controversy when some of the images were criticised for echoing colonialism and slavery.

The Duke of Cambridge this week said the trip “was an opportunity to reflect about the different issues that matter most to people of the region, but also how the past weighs heavily on the present”.

Prince William made the comments at the National Windrush Monument in London for the West Indian migrants who came to Britain to help rebuild after World War 2.

The UK Government now plans to send asylum seekers to Rwanda to process their applications in an attempt to deter them from making the dangerous crossing across the English Channel.

In a private conversation, the Prince of Wales reportedly branded the policy “appalling”.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson held brief talks with Charles during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting which lasted just fifteen minutes.

Mr Johnson backtracked on comments where he suggested he’d tell Charles to be “open-minded” about the policy.

A source close to the Prince insisted “just as with meetings with Her Majesty the Queen, what the Prime Minister and The Prince of Wales discuss is private”.

Clarence House stressed the Prince of Wales remains “politically neutral”.