PRINCE Charles WILL take over as head of the Commonwealth after the Queen dies – ending weeks of speculation that heâd be snubbed.
Commonwealth leaders are expected to agree the move at a retreat at Windsor Castle on Friday.
Itâs a major win for the Government and a big blow to Jeremy Corbyn, who has called for the role to be handed overseas.
Earlier this year it emerged that a group of Commonwealth officials had met in secret to discuss who should inherit the head of the Commonwealth when the Queen dies.
The issue is highly sensitive as the role isnât hereditary. And the anti-monarchist Mr Corbyn added fuel to speculation yesterday by calling for Prince Charles to be snubbed. He wants the role to be rotated around all Commonwealth nations.
But last night No10 signalled the decision was just a formality after a charm offensive from the UK Government supporting his candidacy as the next head of the Commonwealth.
The 53 heads of state will make the decision by consensus at Fridayâs meeting.
A Government source said: âThere are no flashing warnings lights on this. Everyone seems pretty content that it should be Prince Charlesâ.
The Queen became Head of the Commonwealth on her accession to the throne in 1952 – replacing George VI.
The Prime Ministerâs spokesman issued a strong endorsement of Prince Charles yesterday but said it was a matter for the Commonwealth as a whole.
The spokesman said: “The UK supports the Prince of Wales as the next head of the Commonwealth. He has been a proud supporter of the Commonwealth for more than four decades and has spoken passionately about the organisation’s unique diversity,”
“Succession is a matter for the Commonwealth as a whole to determine.”