Prince Charles and Camilla flying into Gold Coast from regional NSW

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall come face to face with two koalas in Adelaide during their diamond jubilee visit to Australia six years ago

Former prime minister Tony Abbott has rebuked one of his predecessors, Paul Keating, for suggesting Prince Charles is supportive of an Australian republic.

Her 69-year-old eldest child arrived in Australia while the country's relationships with Britain and its monarchy are under renewed scrutiny.

Prince Charles and Camilla will touch down in Brisbane on Wednesday, with Boeing 737-BBJ airliners in the RAAF's VIP fleet to transport the pair for their tour of the country.

But Keating wrote it was a "pretence" that Prince Charles represented Australia and this was "something he and we could well do without".

Mr Keating told the Sunday Times: "I have no doubt he believes Australia should be free of the British monarchy and that it should make its own way in the world".

"Along with wanting to change the flag, Mr Keating regularly finds new ways to try and push for a republic despite the Australian people rejecting his own model".

Before entering politics, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull led a public campaign to persuade Australia to severe its constitutional ties with the British monarch and become a republic with an Australian president.

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"Prince Charles would just want to do his duty and he shouldn't be verballed by an ex-PM", the now-backbencher posted on Twitter.

While the Duchess of Cornwall will return to the United Kingdom on Friday, Charles will continue his Australian tour solo, visiting Bundaberg, Cairns and Darwin.

He also said waiting for Prince Charles to take the throne, only to ditch him as head of state early in his reign, would be unfair.

Calling on athletes to come together in the spirit of friendly competition, he said: "My wife and I could not be more delighted to be able to join all of you here on the Gold Coast this evening - and the many millions of you who are watching from your homes across the Commonwealth - for this spectacular opening ceremony of the 21st Commonwealth Games".

"It appears the prince is unable to answer this question", the Australian Republic Movement, which extended the invitation, said in a statement last month.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has urged locals to come and say hello at the walk that starts around 3.15pm NZT.

"She said 'I hope you're going to watch the opening ceremony at the Games tonight, '" Ms Edwards said.

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