Prince Harry and Meghan Markle: Republican Demands Royals Step Down After Oceania Tour

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle appeared in ITV’s documentary Harry & Meghan: The First Tour tonight, following the royal couple on their first official tour together.

However, their efforts were criticised during tonight’s episode by Chairman of Australian Republic Movement, Peter FitzSimons.

Almost six months on from their fairytale wedding at Windsor Castle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex set off on their first official Royal Tour.

ITV’s Royal Editor Chris Ship followed Harry and Meghan on their 16-day trip across the South Pacific, taking in the sights of Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand.

Kicking off with the Invictus Games in Sydney, the programme took an in-depth look at issues highlighted by the tour which lie close to the prospective parents’ hearts.

As the royal couple walked along a beach to meet well-wishers, Peter spoke to Chris just yards from Meghan and Harry to call for an end to the Queen being Head of State in Australia.

Chris narrated: “A referendum in 1999 saw the Australian public voting to keep the Queen as their head of state.

“Since then, the Republican movement has grown in confidence under the charismatic leadership of Peter FitzSimons.

“But will the visit by the young royals dampen enthusiasm for the change he wants?”

With huge crowds standing behind them, Chris pointed out their support in Australia.

He said: “Look, I don’t mean to be cruel… but it’s game over, isn’t it?”

Prince Harry & Meghan Markle Republican demands royals STEP DOWN after Oceania tour

Prince Harry & Meghan Markle: Republican demands royals STEP DOWN after Oceania tour (Image: GETTY • BBC)

Undeterred, Peter replied: “No. How many people have you go there? One, two, three, four, five?”

Chris noted the huge crowds had come out for an 8am visit and were clearly dedicated.

Peter said: “Look, you’ve got a couple of thousand there, but as you can see to the people who have come here, they’re rockstars.

“25 per cent of Australians are monarchists and a fair chunk of them are here this morning. They’re major international celebrities.”


Chris then asked: “Tell me this. Is there going to be another referendum?

Chairman of Australian Republic Movement, Peter FitzSimons

Chairman of Australian Republic Movement, Peter FitzSimons (Image: ITV)

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (Image: GETTY)

Prince Harry & Meghan Markle Chris Ship with Peter FitzSimons on the royal tourPrince Harry & Meghan Markle: Chris Ship with Peter FitzSimons on the r

“The last time you had one, you lost it in 1999. Are we going to get another one?”

Peter replied: “Of course we’re going to get another one.”

Quizzing further, Chris asked: “And what replaces them and their family if you decide what could happen?”

Snapping at the host, Peter noted: “Hmm, who could we get to be head of state in Australia? I’m going to go with an Australian!

“Just why didn’t I think of that? That is amazing. Why don’t we be like other countries and have a Head of State from our own country. I think we could do it.”


Written by MT

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