Peter Fitzsimmons blasts ‘relentless’ media criticism of only ‘diverse’ royal Meghan Markle – as critics mock her republican movement for being run by ‘pasty white boys’
Peter Fitzsimmons stepped up his push for an Australian republic on Monday, saying the movement in the lead-up to the Queen’s funeral was ‘reasonably’ quiet Today hosts Carl Stefanovic and Alison Langdon slammed Fitzsimmons’ Stefanovic last week, saying the republican push was led by ‘pasty whites’. Boys’ and was not diverse
Australia’s most outspoken Republican Peter Fitzsimmons has suggested his critics are hypocrites, claiming his campaign team is not ‘diverse’ enough.
In a new column for the Sydney Morning Herald, Fitzsimmons said the same people who attack her organization – the Australian Republican Movement – relentlessly attack Meghan Markle, the ‘only’ diverse member of the royal family, for being made up of white people.
‘ARM charge not diversified enough? I’ll take it from those with a background in pushing diversity on all fronts, and we’re addressing it,’ Fitzsimmons wrote.
‘But I’ll be damned if I’ll take it from the critics and have a track record of fawning and bashing all members of the English royal family but its one truly diverse member, whom they constantly criticize for everything: Meghan.’
Fitzsimmons (right) is married to Lisa Wilkinson (left), who fronted Channel 10 and The Project’s coverage of Her Majesty’s funeral in London
Fitzsimmons took aim at the royal family, saying their only diverse member, Meghan Markle (pictured), who married Prince Harry before the couple moved to LA, was “constantly critical” of them.
Today show host Carl Stefanovic recently suggested that the Republican movement won’t gain traction ‘even if you’ve got white guys like Peter Fitzsimmons and Malcolm Turnbull fronting the campaign’.
‘Let me tell you, it’s not going to happen in Australia when white guys like Peter Fitzsimmons and Malcolm Turnbull come up,’ Stefanovic said.
Co-host Langdon agreed, saying: ‘I told Peter if he was at the front of the movement I would always vote for the monarchy.’
ARM issued a condolence statement less than an hour after Queen’s death, thanking Queen for her ‘significant contribution’ to Australia. — but Republicans have fueled the debate.
‘During the 1999 Australian Republic referendum the Queen supported the right of Australians to become a fully independent nation, saying she had ‘always made clear that the future of the monarchy in Australia is an issue for and by the Australian people. Alone to decide,’ the statement read.
On Monday, Fitzsimmons thanked the ‘winter soldiers’ who campaigned in the ‘year of peace’ after the 1999 referendum – which was knocked down by about a 55 per cent majority in Australia over the proposed model.
But he claims the monarchy’s popularity rests in the ‘rock-solid stability’ of Queen Elizabeth II and the end of her 70-year reign ‘changes everything’.
‘The fact that Australia has now evolved into a whole new era – under a new monarch who does not enjoy the same fierce loyalty as his predecessor – is not lost on anyone,’ he said.
‘Doesn’t it seem ironic that in the next Ashes campaign our head of state – an unelected English aristocrat, installed by the last gasps of colonialism – will be cheering for the other side?’
Today show hosts Carl Stafanovic and Alison Langdon (pictured) said they would not support a republic when ‘white boys like Peter Fitzsimmons’ fronted the movement.
The Australian republic movement has temporarily suspended its push for a republic after an initial ‘rude’ statement within hours of the Queen’s death.
Fitzsimmons claimed that traffic to the ARM website had increased ‘a hundredfold’ in the previous two weeks and new memberships had increased.
In addition to the United Kingdom, King Charles III is now head of state of Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, the Bahamas, Belize, Canada, Grenada, Jamaica, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Grenadines, Solomon Islands and Tuvalu.
Six of these 15 countries said they would take steps toward becoming a republic.
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, himself a republican, has ruled out holding a referendum for Australia for at least four years.