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Succession: Charles' takes issue with grandchildren being Catholic
Britain's Daily Mail reports that in a private meeting with UK government officials Prince Charles has criticised the proposed changes to the succession, specifically the proposed ability of his grandchildren to (gasp!) marry a Catholic and stay in line for the throne. For New Zealand this means one of the most discriminatory aspects of the monarchy might just survive - underlining once again the absurdity of our keeping the institution instead of having a New Zealander as our head of State.
Apparently religious freedom is a bad thing for Royals, because it could make life difficult for the established Church of England. Charles' comments are too little too late, and cynically they may simply be designed to assuage the fears of the more conservative quarters of the Church of England (or at least show Charles is listening to them). As with most of these stories about "private" conversations, there's usually a healthy dose of PR involved - and of course the Royals have the cover of claiming their conversations are private.
Whatever the reason for the story being leaked to the press, it is yet another potential spanner in the works. Given there's already an agreement signed up to by the 16 states still headed by the Queen, any back down will more than likely require a new agreement. Which is highly unlikely to happen. But you never know - the man who might be King might just get his way.