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PRINCE William harbours a secret desire to abandon London's nightclubs and his favoured £100 ($238) Treasure Chest cocktail for a stint in Canberra as Australia's next governor-general, according to a new biography.

Despite his own grandfather, Prince Philip, once allegedly referring to former prime minister Gough Whitlam as a "socialist arsehole", the book claims William is keen to snare the vice-regal role that eluded his father.

The future heir to the throne, who celebrated his 25th birthday last week, is in search of a career.

Prince Charles has spoken in the past about his hurt and anger at being rejected by the Hawke government as a candidate for governor-general in the 1980s.

Former Vanity Fair editor Tina Brown reveals in the new book - The Diana Chronicles - that William would still like to claim the job for himself.

"Charles really wanted the job because he saw it as a way to get the hell out of the grip of Prince Philip and the Queen," Brown writes.

She told The Australian Women's Weekly: "You might like to know ... it has been thought up in regard to William, too.

"Yes, they would very much like that and he would like that very much."

Bob Hawke said yesterday Prince Charles's escape plan was scotched by his government because it didn't want a "double dose" of the monarchy, given the Queen's role as head of state.

"It came up at some stage. I made it quite clear it wasn't on. We're in favour of a republic. The idea of doubling the dose ... held no appeal."

Charles wanted role

In 1994, Prince Charles detailed his flirtation with becoming governor-general in an interview with The Australian's Paul Kelly, admitting the "splendid" atmosphere in Australia and the "give a bloke a go" outlook attracted him to the country.

But he told a different story to Jonathan Dimbleby in a celebrated television interview later that year, during which he confessed his adultery with Camilla Parker Bowles, complaining that "it's never very easy going" (to Australia) and revealing that governor-general Sir Ninian Stephen's plan to pick him as his successor was vetoed by Mr Hawke.

"So what are you supposed to think when you offer to do something to help and you're just told you're not wanted?" he complained.

Diana's "bulimic haze"

Despite Brown's book suggesting Princess Diana spent her 1983 tour to Australia in a bulimic haze, Mr Hawke said he saw little evidence.

Brown also told the Women's Weekly that Prince Philip flew into a rage whenever the name of Mr Whitlam was mentioned, referring to him as a "socialist arsehole".

John Howard's office declined to comment yesterday on whether any discussions had taken place over a future vice-regal role for Prince William.

http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,21987547-2,00.html
 

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prince harry is a lot cuter these days...
 

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I'd rather Prince Harry thanks, Prince Harry is far better looking. If it was given to him it would ensure he lives here. A win for everyone.
 

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I doubt a hotness rating is part of the selection criteria. Frankly, I hope he isnt even considered out of pity or ties to the monarchy.
 

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Harry would probably fit in as an Aussie better. But I kinda like the idea of having a GG that I actually know where they came from, if we gotta have one then why not be William or Harry...
 

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How many of us know who Michael Jeoffrey is anyway? Hell, I'm not even sure I spelt his surname right. Prince Harry for GG? Hell yeah, why not? :banana:
 

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It's not? :(
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Of course not. To be GG you need to be old & ready to sign any bit of paper the prime minister shoves under your nose. Quite a job though, tax payer funded house, good salary, all for signing a few bits of paper.
 

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Howard snubs William for GG

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PRIME Minister John Howard has ruled out Prince William as a future governor-general of Australia, saying only a long term and permanent citizen would be acceptable.

According to a new biography on the future heir to the throne, Prince William harbours a desire to become Australia's next governor-general.

But Mr Howard said today that was unlikely to happen.

"We have for a long time embraced the idea that the person who occupies that post should be in every way an Australian citizen," the Prime Minister said Southern Cross radio.

Mr Howard said it was unlikely the issue would arise in the near future, but Prince William did have a very special link with Australia as the second in line to the throne.

"Although I remain a supporter of our current constitutional arrangements I do think the practice of having a person who is an Australian in every way and a long-term and permanent resident of this country is a practice I would not like to see altered," he said.
 

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Howard has just made if feelings known about Prince William being Australia's GG:

"We have for a long time embraced the idea that the person who occupies that post should be in every way an Australian citizen,"Mr Howard told Southern Cross Broadcasting today.

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But it's okay to have him as our King instead! :nuts:
 

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Prince William will make a great King and probably save the royal family from irrelevance and death.

Id rather have a monarch as head of states, Republics are idealistic failures from imbalanced power regimes caused by the class struggles of the last two centuries (Hardly relevant in 2007 battles have been fought Australia should be the wiser) at least Monarchs have responsibility that is understood by themselves, politicians are greedy immoral and have no respect for power and its uses.

If it be Nationalism from the right of Progress from the left they are both wrong, Australia need not be a independent nation from Britain’s Monarch.

The Nationalists are wrong because Australia is a Federation of Colonies or States that are stems of the British Crown, for the Federation to become Federated Republic is purely making the administration a purely independent process. Australia is a Nation of Federated interests and that will never change. The need to grow an identity quickly is a sign of lack of identity not a sign of individuality, look at Billy Hughes he was a pure blood nationalist, in reality he was bonkers for his time but it seems history gives him sanity by numbers.

Progressives (post land clearing folk) are wrong because they believe the Royal Family are today associated with the so called evil British Empire and are thus anti Democratic and class snobs. The British Crown never suffered the fate of the Russian and French for a reason. They also try to dwell in an overstated “Irish” convict heritage that shows contempt for the British institutional Heritage that built Australia.

It's pure “Sydney Centric cultural cringe” as usual, if we were proactive, less conservative and more adaptive would it matter that the Monarch stood untouched, clearly not. The Monarch is the ultimate Heritage Listed building and the modernist scum and nationalist thugs want it pulled down. Why such aggression? is it because most of us have British Heritage? Second, Third Generation Australians with English Parents or Grandparents show contempt for the British people, Australia is still a British outpost and our identity issues stop us from showing the world we are innovative and truly independent.

If we end up a Republic for patriotism sake or for hate of the British we let the twits and hicks take over Australia.
 

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It is a pity that the mood has changed. He would have been a perfect choice to emphasis our connection with the UK and uphold a bit of regal dignity.
 

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Excellent choice. She has all the qualities we need as a GG.
 
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