9 November 2018
“In an interview to air tonight on the BBC, Prince Charles states that he won’t “interfere with the affairs of state” if he becomes King. This is a huge admission and confirms his earlier statement in New Zealand that he did not want to intervene in New Zealand’s affairs at all” said Lewis Holden, campaign chair of New Zealand Republic.
“If as New Zealand’s monarch Charles won’t act in any constitutional issues, and leaves us to sort things out for ourselves, then it’s time to drop the charade and make our Governor-General New Zealand’s actual head of state as New Zealand Republic proposes” continued Mr Holden.
“The Royals are in a no-win situation. Their supporters argue that the value of the monarchy is having someone overseas, outside of New Zealand able to adjudicate our constitutional issues should they arise. Yet Charles himself has confirmed that he would never want to be dragged into those issues. The claim the monarch provides a separate check is false, and the man who might be King has confirmed that” concluded Mr Holden
In 1997, during a Royal Tour of New Zealand, Prince Charles remarked "I certainly never want to be dragged into any constitutional disputes in New Zealand or anywhere else. I simply can't imagine how difficult it would be to be faced with having to dismiss a New Zealand Prime Minister."