Charles may lose his global role when king
Prince Charles could be stripped of the title of Head of the Commonwealth when he becomes King, under radical plans set out in a book published to coincide with the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
Writing in Queen & Commonwealth, Danny Sriskandarajah, the director of the Royal Commonwealth Society, insists that there is no legal basis for the next in line to the throne to rule over the 2bn people in the 54 countries that make up the broadest club in the world.
The provocative suggestion includes the idea that the British monarch could be replaced by a "rotating headship" between heads of government or "important figures" from across the globe.
"It is generally assumed that the Queen's heir will succeed her as Head of the Commonwealth," Mr Sriskandarajah writes. "However, as the British monarch, her Majesty's position has been a matter of tradition and not of law."
It has been suggested that a figure such as Nelson Mandela could head the Commonwealth in future. Mr Sriskandarajah hints: "It is not hard to imagine a Commonwealth led by prominent figures from our recent history."
Tory MP Richard Graham, chairman of the all-party parliamentary group for the Commonwealth, said it was wrong to raise the issue now.
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
Weather bomb in pictures: Storms cuts power for tens of thousands – and snow is on the way
Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
Russell Brand was rendered speechless on Question Time by this man
Fury at Airbus after it hints the super-jumbo may be mothballed
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Shock poll shows voters believe Ukip is to the left of the Tories
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits 'record low' as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Ukip candidate jokes about 'shooting peasants' in racist and homophobic rant
Pakistan school attack live: Taliban kill at least 132 children in 'horrifying' massacre
£65000 - £80000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Finance Director required to jo...
£15000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a unique opportunity fo...
£50000 per annum + 26 days holiday,pension: Ashdown Group: A highly successful...
£27000 per annum + pension + holidays: The Jenrick Group: A Quality Technician...