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Paul Keating speculates King Charles could renounce UK’s claim on Australia | Paul Keating

Former Australian prime minister Paul Keating has speculated that King Charles could renounce the UK’s claim on Australia because the royal family hoped that Australia would become a republic after the referendum in 1999.

The former Labor leader says he discussed his ambition for Australia to become a republic with Queen Elizabeth during a private exchange at Balmoral in 1993. He says he told the Queen he would “not involve her family” in his campaigning for an Australian head of state.

“I think the royal family would have been so glad for the referendum to have passed, to be honest,” Keating told Prof James Curran, a University of Sydney historian, during an online event on Wednesday evening.

“I wouldn’t be at all surprised if King Charles the Third, the king of Australia, doesn’t volunteer … to renounce his claim on Australia.

“Look at the French. The French had a…

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