A close ally of Jeremy Corbyn has claimed that Prince Charles should not be the next Head of the Commonwealth as she “does not know what he’s been up to.” Kate Osamor, Shadow International Development Secretary, says she has no particular objection to The Prince of Wales but has questioned whether he is ‘level-headed’ enough to take on such a high profile role.
There are no clear rules on who should succeed Her Majesty The Queen as Head of the Commonwealth as it is not a hereditary role. Many assume that Prince Charles will take over when he becomes King and it is expected that the subject of the Succession will be top of the agenda at the upcoming Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting which begins in London on Monday, April 16th.
Kate Osamor told The House Magazine, “I don’t particularly think it should be him. Not because I have an issue with The Royal Family. I just don’t think it should be him. I don’t really know what he’s been up to of late. He’s not been that vocal on issues. But we just need someone who is level-headed, someone people respect but also someone who thinks outside the box.”
In the same interview, Kate Osamor seemed to criticise her leader, Jeremy Corbyn, for his either too strong or not strong enough words and urged him to take a step back and allow Shadow Foreign Secretary, Emily Thornberry, to speak about world events. She said, “First and foremost he should allow the spokesperson for department really to respond.”
Prince Charles has just completed a lengthy tour of Australia, where amongst dozens of other engagements, he opened the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.
The Queen has been Head of the Commonwealth since her reign began in 1952. The Commonwealth is made up of 53 nations – mostly former British territories.