The Queen sent her most senior official to ‘lobby’ a former chair of the Commonwealth
The Queen sent her most senior official to ‘lobby’ a former chair of the Commonwealth into backing Prince Charles as her successor as head of the ‘family of nations’.
Former Australian PM Julia Gillard, a republican who was also chair of the Commonwealth from 2011 to 2013, has told how the Queen’s private secretary Sir Christopher Geidt flew to Adelaide see her on a taxpayer-funded secret mission three years ago.
He told Miss Gillard ‘he would fly to Australia to anywhere I was in order to get it’.
Their meeting resulted in her surprise public calling for Charles to take over from the Queen as the ceremonial head of the group of 53 nations.
The statement by Miss Gillard in March 2013 marked a turning point in the future of the Commonwealth.
It read: ‘For Australia’s…