Prince Charles has reportedly aired concerns about changes to
the rules of royal succession because they could have
The changes would mean that a first-born daughter of Prince
William and his wife Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge,
could accede to the throne ahead of any male sibling.
The 16 nations of which the Queen is head of state, including
New Zealand, will each need to pass legislation to implement
The Daily Mail, quoting an unnamed source, reported yesterday
that Prince Charles believed altering the rule which
currently gives male heirs priority could have "unintended
consequences" if not properly considered.
The Prince reportedly raised questions about the potential
impact on hereditary titles passed down male lines.
However, he supported the principle of the law change as long
as it had popular support, the newspaper reported.
The rules of royal succession have for centuries
discriminated against women by allowing men to accede to the
throne before any older sisters.
New Zealand is co-ordinating the process of changing the laws
across the 16 Commonwealth countries to ensure consistency in
the timing and the outcome of the changes.
Duty Minister Nathan Guy declined to comment yesterday on the
Prince's comments but Prime Minister John Key previously
welcomed the plans, saying he was glad New Zealand had been
part of the process to bring about positive change.
"While tradition is important, I think this is an instance
where it is important to move with the times," he said last
"New Zealand is a place where we judge people on their
ability and values, not their gender and I am pleased we are
part of the process that will result in this positive