Sunday, November 15, 2015
The quote below is from the article discussing the possibility of an Australian Republic, an issue which sharply divides that nation. It seems likely the author has visited this site.
"I’ve got my own proposal. We have a republic (so the republicans are happy) but the ceremonial job of President (to replace the Governor-General) should be an Australian-born citizen who also has an inherited noble title – and there are quite a few of them. That way the monarchists will be happy – well, less unhappy – with the republic idea because they can still bow to the President and call him “Your Grace” or “My Lord” or whatever salutation is appropriate for the title.
Our most senior noble is Alexander Charles David Drogo Montagu, the 13th Duke of Manchester who was born in Australia in 1962 but has lived most of his life in the USA. He is, and has been, a cad and a scoundrel, marrying three times and accused, among other things, of bigamy, fraud and passing dud cheques. He has served jail time in the USA and once was expelled from Canada. He admits to being flat broke.
His younger brother, Lord Kimble Montagu, a Monash University academic, will inherit the title because the Duke’s children are technically illegitimate because of his bigamy. So, perhaps not His Grace the Duke for President."
Her Grace, Laura, Duchess of Manchester, must be really annoyed. What an opportunity - lost.