(Sydney) Former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has said a UK-rocking TV interview with Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, has strengthened his case for severing constitutional ties between Australia and the British monarchy.
Mr. Turnbull met the couple in April 2018, in an internal power struggle to replace current Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
“It’s obviously not a happy family, or at least Meghan and Harry are not happy. It’s very sad,” Mr Turnbull told Public Broadcaster, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
“After the end of the Queen’s reign,‘ Well, we’ve crossed this turning point. If we really want to […] Is the King or Queen of the United Kingdom automatically our Head of State? “”, He added.
The British monarch is also the head of state of Australia.
When Mr Turnbull was President of the Australian Republican Movement from 1993 to 2000 he was a leading lawyer for Australia to elect an Australian citizen as President.
The referendum to turn Australia into a republic was rejected in 1999, and despite the referendum, many Australians believe their country should have an Australian head of state.
Many supporters of the Australian Republic, as proposed in 1999, want an American system in which the President is elected by the people rather than the Australian Parliament.
Premier Morrison was not asked about the royal interview at a press conference on Tuesday.
-Par the Associated Press