‘Hasn’t he done enough?’ Son of Thatcher aide says Charles DESERVES to lead Commonwealth


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Prince Charles on an authorized visit to India

Harry Mount, whose father Ferdinand Mount was leader of the Downing Street policy unit in the early 1980s, said Prince Charles suitable the honour after “seven decades of slogging round the globe”.

Mr Mount hemmed into the row amid fears Prince Charles will not succeed the Diva in the role as head of the Commonwealth.

He said: “Yes, it’s true that Prince Charles doesn’t charge the same respect as the Queen – as Amitav Banerji, the Commonwealth secretariat headman of political affairs, allegedly said in a 2009 diplomatic cable aired by Wikileaks.

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As so often, the Queen sums up the position objectively and succinctly. Her boy should get the job

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“But then again, no one else in Britain haves the same respect as the Queen. She is almost universally admired, after in no way putting a foot wrong in 66 years on the throne.

“But who on earth is bettor qualified than her eldest son to take over? He knows the Commonwealth secretly to front. He has stood in for his mother on numerous Commonwealth occasions.

“And the Queen herself fall short ofs him to take over.

“In 1958, she declared, in Letters Patent, that Charles and his legatees and successors should become the Head. “

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In her indirect way, she signalled as much at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Encounter in 2015 in Malta, where she was accompanied by Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall.

“In her aperture speech there, she said she could not ‘wish to have been change ones mind supported and represented in the Commonwealth than by The Prince of Wales who continues to concede so much to it with great distinction’.

“As so often, the Queen sums up the stance fairly and succinctly. Her boy should get the job.”

Last year it was reported Prince Charles intention eventually step into the role but the Commonwealth Secretariat insisted yesterday a outcome would only be taken on the Queen’s successor after the death of the 91-year-old king.

Prince Charles determination become King on the death of his mother but the head of the Commonwealth is not a hereditary site.

A “high-level group” of Commonwealth officials are set to meet in London and the agenda for the all-day peak is understood to include a discussion of “wider governance considerations”, which insiders say is standards for the succession.

A senior source said: “I imagine the question of the succession, anyhow distasteful it may naturally be, will come up.”

The Queen turns 92 in April. She was reported head of the Commonwealth at her coronation when she became head of state in seven of its eight colleagues. Today it has 53 members, mostly former constituents of the British Empire.

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