Julie Goodwin slammed by fans for calling monarchy ‘irrelevant’

Gogglebox cast react to the passing of Queen Elizabeth II

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Julie Goodwin, 51, sparked backlash as she spoke about the monarchy following the death of Queen Elizabeth II. The MasterChef Australia star has called for the end of the monarchy in Australia and pushed for the country to become a republic. 

She said the monarchy is no longer “relevant” or “appropriate”, despite paying her respects to the late Queen. 

“I want to say with the utmost respect to the Queen and to the monarchy and to monarchists that it’s not a populist thing. 

“It’s not democratically elected. It’s not put in place by the people of this country,” she ranted, while speaking on The Project this week. 

She went on to say that her upbringing was “interwoven” by memories of the Queen and singing the national anthem. 

“I was raised in a time – I sang God Save the Queen as the national anthem when I was a girl at school, and we had her picture on the wall at school. 

“She’s interwoven in my memory and my history,” she continued. 

As an Australian, Julie explained she was more loyal to the democratic process than to constitutional monarchy. 

Many accused the star of being “disrespectful” after her controversial comments so soon after the death of Her Majesty. 

“Look up respect in the dictionary it appears you have no idea what it means. 

“You couldn’t have aired your views at a later date. Let’s get the poor woman buried before the nastiness begins,” said JPhilip6.

“Totally inappropriate at this time she isn’t buried yet. 

“All this does is alienate those that the Republic needs support from. Time and place,” Parkinben676 added. 

Others have offered their support to Julie, with FinW0ot3 tweeting: “Agree with Julie Goodwin 100 percent.”

M3gbyrne009 added: “I love her bravery.”

The death of the Queen has resulted in renewed calls in Australia for the country to become a republic. 

A referendum happened once before in 1999, but citizens voted unanimously for no change. 

However, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has said there won’t be a referendum for at least four years. 

“Now is not a time to talk about our system of government.

“Now is a time for us to pay tribute to the life of Queen Elizabeth,” he told the ABC’s Insiders last Sunday.

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