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UK's new PM called monarchy ‘disgraceful’ as a teenager

British Prime Minister Liz Truss delivers a statement outside 10 Downing Street, London, after Queen Elizabeth II, Britain's seven-decades-long monarch, died at age 96, September 8, 2022. (Photo by Reuters)

The newly appointed UK Prime Minister Liz Truss had called the British monarchy "disgraceful" as a teenager.

“I’m not against any of them personally ... I’m against the idea that people can be born to rule ...I think that’s disgraceful,” Truss said as a teen in a TV News video clip.

The clip, which emerged this week, was purportedly recorded back in 1994 when Truss was a 19-year-old student at Merton College, Oxford, before graduating in 1996.

However, following the Queen’s death on Thursday and after meeting with her earlier this week, the PM changed tone and described the late British monarch as “the rock on which modern Britain was built.”

In her statement outside 10 Downing Street on Thursday, Truss, who believed as a youth that people should not be born into power, now claimed that, "Queen Elizabeth II provided us with the stability and the strength that we needed.

“She was the very spirit of Great Britain, and that spirit will endure.”

Truss added, “God save the King”, and called for the British people to support Charles, 73, as he takes on the "awesome responsibility" of a kingdom grappling with poverty.

Already debate swirls over whether King Charles III will command the same respect or clout as his mother did after becoming king of the United Kingdom and the head of state of 14 other realms including Australia, Canada and New Zealand.

Meanwhile, calls are growing in former colonies in the Caribbean to remove the British monarch as head of state and some Commonwealth leaders have expressed doubt about accepting Charles's leadership.

In Jamaica and the Bahamas, people are calling for reparation and an apology for slavery. This is while, Barbados, one of a dozen Caribbean nations which are Commonwealth members, ditched the British monarch as head of state last year. Jamaica has signaled it may follow suit.

A survey shows 56 percent of Jamaicans favor removing the British monarch as the head of state. Activists in the region also argue that Charles' accession is an opportunity to redouble calls for slavery reparations.

Recently, the Sunday Times reported that Charles had accepted a £1 million ($1.19 million, 1.21 million euro) donation from the family of the deceased Saudi terrorist, Osama bin Laden.

The new British monarch, who had been the longest-serving heir to the throne in British history prior to the Queen's death, personally secured the 1 million pound donation for his charity from the bin Laden family in 2013, the newspaper noted. 

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Among other scandals involving the British monarchy was when Charles' brother, the then-Duke of York, got embroiled in a sex-slave relationship with an underage girl.

Buckingham Palace initially tried to defend the "honor" of Prince Andrew and stop the news from spreading. However, when the facts eventually emerged, the monarch was forced to strip Andrew of all his titles.

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