King Charles is alreading "cocking things up" in his new role at the top of the Royal Family, according to a royal expert.
The King has only been in the job for around a month-and-a-half following the Queen's tragic passing on September 8.
With rumours circulating that the new monarch may soon embark on a royal tour, yesterday (Tuesday, October 18) New South Wales parliament in Australia confirmed he would be making a trip down under in 2024.
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The visit will mark the 200th anniversary of the NSW Legislative Council.
However, Aussie royal expert Daniela Elser is not pleased with the plan, or at least the timing of it.
Writing for news.au.com, she said it was "befuddling" that the King and Queen Consort Camilla were not going to visit "one of the monarchy’s last tent pole Commonwealth realms" sooner.
"Oh Charles … You’ve only been in the top job for 41 days and already you are cocking things up with this particular corner of the Commonwealth," she said.
According to Elser, the King ought to "do more" to protect the Commonwealth given what happened on Prince William and Kate Middleton's tour to the Caribbean earlier this year.
She referenced the less-than-deal optics of a white couple being saluted by scores of BAME faces, and that Barbados officially became a republic this year.
Elser wrote that "the obviously prudent move" would be to send the Royal Family's big hitters out to the larger Commonwealth countries, including Australia, in early 2023 as part of a "energetic charm offence".
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She said: "And yet now we learn that, as things currently stand, we Australians won’t get a look in from our new King for roughly 18-months from the time he acceded the throne.
"Does this mean Australia is not a priority?"
Elser added that, despite the fact recent polling shows 60% of Aussies want to remain a constitutional monarchy: "If the King does not want his reign to go down in the history books as the period in time in which the largest Commonwealth realms such as Australia, Canada, New Zealand and Jamaica consciously uncoupled themselves from the monarchy then he is going to have to do better."
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