Prince Charles & Camilla visit sparks call to abolish monarchy amid royal crisis

Prince Charles and Camilla Park Bowles’s royal tour of New Zealand this week has sparked fresh calls to abolish the monarchy, Daily Star Online can reveal.

The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall’s six-day tour of the commonwealth nation ended this weekend as the British Royal Family descended further into crisis.

Prince Andrew stepped down from royal duties on Wednesday after his car-crash BBC Newsnight interview over his friendship with paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

It then emerged that Charles stepped in to advise the Queen to “effectively sack” Andrew, who denies the claim he had sex with Epstein’s “sex slave” Virginia Roberts when she was 17.

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But now Daily Star Online can reveal that Charles and Camilla’s visit Down Under during the drama this week has sparked another setback for the royals – 11,000 miles away.

The future King and Queen had attracted huge crowds during their whirlwind tour of New Zealand, where they met Kiwis and focused on youth opportunity, environmental issues, domestic violence and literacy.

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They enjoyed packed out public walks, visited Christchurch to pay their respects following the 2011 earthquake and 2019 terror attacks and were treated to traditional haka dances.

Australian Press Association's royal correspondent Tony Jones said the couple’s visit was a bid to strengthen Britain's connections with the Commonwealth.

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Others saw it as an opportunity for Charles to strength his relationship with New Zealand ahead of the day he takes the throne as the country’s King.

But despite all of this, it has emerged Charles and Camilla are now returning to the UK to fresh calls among New Zealanders to abolish the monarchy, Daily Star Online can reveal.

The New Zealand Republic, which wants to see the monarchy replaced with an elected head of state, said the couple’s visit will have sparked “an uptick in support for a republic”.

The group’s campaign chair, Lewis Holden, told Daily Star Online: “The goal of the trip was to strengthen Charles' position, but we've seen in the past, and from our own polling that Charles and the monarchy, in general, has falling popularity.

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“The trend has continued downwards in recent years and many Maori and younger NZers want a New Zealander as our head of state.

“Usually, we see an uptick in support for a republic when the Royals tour, so from our perspective it's a good thing!”

When we asked how the country was generally feeling ahead of the royal tour, Lewis said: “New Zealanders are generally apathetic to the monarchy. The general public don't seem to care either way.

“The institution has survived largely because it's become irrelevant.

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“For almost all intents and purposes our Governor-General fulfils the rule as head of state, our campaign is to make it a reality that the Governor-General transitions to our actual head of state.”

Lewis added: “We're sure that as a republic New Zealand will continue to welcome foreign visitors such as the Prince of Wales and his wife.

“What we'd love to see though is the future British King being welcomed to Aotearoa by our own independent head of state.”

Similarly to neighbours Australia, polls in New Zealand show a strong support for a republic.

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In a poll of 15,000 New Zealanders from April 8 to April 24 this year, carried out by New Zealand Republic, it found 55% of locals want a New Zealander as the country’s next head of state.

It showed that support for this was strongest among aboriginal Maori respondents, with 80% in support, and people aged 18-30, with 76% support.

Despite this, the New Zealand public are generally in favour of the monarchy, with polls overall showing it to have a majority support.

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