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World Britain's Prince Charles wrote to support historic Australian PM sacking: media

08:50  24 october  2020
08:50  24 october  2020 Source:   reuters.com

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Prince Charles supported the controversial sacking of Australia ' s prime minister in 1975, newly released private letters reveal. In March 1976, four months after the sacking , the 27-year-old prince wrote to express sympathy for the governor-general.

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SYDNEY (Reuters) - Britain's Prince Charles sent a hand-written letter of support to Australia's governor general in 1976, backing his controversial sacking of Prime Minister Gough Whitlam, local media reported on Saturday.

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The letter, published on Saturday by The Australian newspaper, is dated four months after Queen Elizabeth's representative in Australia, John Kerr, took the unprecedented step to dismiss Whitlam without first warning the palace or the prime minister.

"Please don't lose heart," the heir to the British throne wrote in the hand-written letter to Kerr on Mar. 27.

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In 1994, Prince Charles said the emerging debate in Australia was a sign of a “mature and self confident nation”. Mr Keating has long supported a republic and in 1999 Australia held a referendum on replacing the Queen with an Australian head of state.

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"What you did last year was right and the courageous thing to do — and most Australians seemed to endorse your decision when it came to the point."

The letter was revealed in an extract of a book "The Truth of the Palace Letters: Deceit, Ambush and Dismissal in 1975" by Paul Kelly and Troy Bramston, due to be published next month.

Whitlam's firing remains one of the country's most polarising political events because it represented an unmatched level of intervention by the Commonwealth.

Historians say the country was never told the full story behind Whitlam's removal during a political deadlock over the Budget and in 2016, one historian sued Australia's National Archives for access to letters between Kerr and the Queen.

In July, the 211 so-called "palace letters" were published, pulling the veil from one of the great mysteries of Australian politics, and re-igniting a conversation about whether the country should cut ties with Britain and become a republic.

(Reporting by Paulina Duran; Editing by Lincoln Feast.)

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