Commonwealth leaders are gathering in London to overview governance of the group of countries, but additionally to start secret discussions as to who will succeed Queen Elizabeth II as head of the organisation.
Management of the Commonwealth of Nations – consisting of 53 states and territories and with a inhabitants of two.4bn – is just not hereditary, so is not going to essentially go to Prince Charles upon the Queen’s demise.
The Queen was proclaimed head of the Commonwealth at her coronation in 1953, at which period she was head of state of seven of its eight members. Prince Charles will solely be head of state in 15 of the 53 member nations of the Commonwealth when he succeeds to the throne.
The 13 February assembly will primarily overview how the Commonwealth is run by its secretariat and governors.
Nonetheless, the BBC quoted a senior supply as saying, “I think about the query of the succession, nevertheless distasteful it might naturally be, will come up.”
The BBC reported that the agenda for the assembly included a time for “wider governance consideration”, which is reportedly code for dialogue of succession plans.
There isn’t any formal course of for selecting a brand new head of the Commonwealth, and lots of within the organisation will see no reasonable various to Prince Charles. Nonetheless, there have been strategies ceremonial chief might be elected to the function to bolster the group’s democratic credentials.
“There are numerous formulation being performed with,” the BBC quoted a supply as saying. “Ought to it all the time be the inheritor to the throne or Prince Charles himself? Is it the individual or the place?”
The Queen has been working to make sure it’s Charles that succeeds her. In line with the BBC, she has been sending senior officers around the globe to foyer Commonwealth leaders to again Charles for the function.
The group – made up of senior former Commonwealth ministers – is predicted to report back to the Commonwealth Heads of Authorities Assembly in London in April, which might be the final that the Queen will attend. The difficulty of succession can even seemingly be mentioned on the margins of the assembly, the BBC mentioned.