Hugh Jackman says it’s ‘inevitable’ that Australia will become a republic – ‘it feels natural’ | UK News
Wolverine actor Hugh Jackman has said he thinks “it’s inevitable” that Australia will become a republic.
“I think Australia will become republican at some point. It feels natural,” the Hollywood actor and singer told Laura Kuenssberg on Sunday, which is due to air tomorrow.
“It feels like something that is, I would guess inevitable, and I guess would be a natural part of an evolution of a country. You know?”
However, Jackman said he has “absolutely no ill will” against the royals.
He revealed that he is both a British and an Australian citizen, and “really appreciated” and admires the service of the King and Queen Elizabeth II, who he met several times.
“My father made us stop doing whatever we could to watch in 1981 the wedding of Lady Di and Prince Charles. We had champagne,” the X-Men star said.
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“So I grew up with a lot of that. There was no bunting in our house, but if my dad could have found that there would have been bunting and I have absolutely no ill will and I only wish King Charles all the best.”
Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, a long-known republican, has previously stated that the country needs an Australian head of state.
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In 2018, he described a referendum on the move to become a republic as an “exciting opportunity”.
However, Mr Albanese, who assumed his leadership role in May, said in September that he would not hold a referendum during his first term out of respect for the late Queen.