The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Sydney.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Sydney. Photo: Ben Rushton

I'm a typical girl. I love my dose of celebrity gossip, especially when it involves a royal.

I think Kate Middleton has beautiful shiny hair and her post-baby body is amazing. I Googled those topless photos (at work, mind you, which wasn’t appropriate) and was happy when I learnt she was pregnant. I have a crush on Prince Harry, too. He is anti-establishment and a little bit naughty.

But to me the royals might as well be Kate Moss, Kate Winslet or Katy Perry – basically, they’re celebrities. And just as I do for Kimye, Taylor or Miley, I evaluate their outfits, their bodies, their hair and their lifestyle choices.

I don’t, however, expect any of them to make decisions about the law or Australia. 

I don’t expect them to do anything but entertain me and that is why, despite their undeniable hotness, I think Harry, Wills, Kate and even young George are seriously unqualified to be the head of our nation – let alone the head of a country they rarely visit and don’t really understand. 

Like many of my peers, while I can see the entertainment value in the British royals, I don’t see any of the intellectual, political or economic nous that we expect of our elected leaders. If any of us had the choice to elect them to their position – just as we just did with Tony Abbott – we wouldn’t elect any of them. 

Would you elect someone to be the boss of you if their only qualification was that they were well connected and their parents had the gig before them? 

It is relevant and pertinent to evaluate our head of state in the context of modern standards. The royals should not be spared the same policy scrutiny as our own Prime Minister.  

I think Australian values of a fair go for all are directly contradicted by royals and the archaic tradition of rewarding someone with leadership on the basis of their birthright and not hard work. 

The question of whether or not Australia should become a republic has been reinvigorated of late largely thanks to Abbott’s decision to step back in time and reintroduce knights and dames.

At the Australian Republican Movement, we have seen membership surge since Abbott made that announcement. This shows that, at our core, Australians believe imperial honours are divisive and are out of touch with modern, multicultural, egalitarian Australia. 

If you think it’s about time we had an Australian head of state we’d love you to join the Australian Republican Movement.  

And, anyway, if we were going to have a celeb as our head of state – shouldn’t it really be our Hugh or our Cate? 

Michelle Wood is a member of the national committee of the Australian Republican Movement.