Commonwealth secretly discussing Queen’s successor
It’s a real-life game of thrones.
The Commonwealth is in secret discussions on who should succeed the Queen as its head — and it won’t necessarily be Prince Charles, according to a new BBC report.
The alliance of former British territories appointed Queen Elizabeth II as its chief upon her coronation in 1953 — taking over the role from her dad, King George VI — but there are no rules that will automatically pass the title to the 91-year-old’s heir when she dies.
The Queen has been lobbying hard behind the scenes to make sure her son gets the gig, according to the BBC.
The Commonwealth has set up a “high level group” with representatives from Canada, Australia, Malta, the UK, Nigeria, Barbados and Kiribati, which may consider permanently changing the rules so the British monarch is always the boss or giving a one-off appointment to Charles.
“There are various formulas being played with,” a source told the news service. “Should it always be the heir to the throne or Prince Charles himself? Is it the person or the position?”
The group is expected to report to the next Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in April, whose members will ultimately decide on the successor.