Prince Charles "does not command the same respect" as Queen Elizabeth II, a senior Commonwealth official said in a US cable released by WikiLeaks and published by the Guardian newspaper.
Amitav Banerji, political affairs director at the Commonwealth secretariat, was quoted on the question of whether Charles would succeed his mother to the head of the 54-country organisation upon her death.
According to the leaked memo from the US political officer in London, dated June 11, 2009, Banerji "acknowledged that heir-apparent to the British Crown, Prince Charles, does not 'command the same respect' as the Queen."
Banerji added "the Commonwealth was trying quietly to get him more involved in Commonwealth affairs", the cable added.
He had also pointed out that there was "no rule stipulating that the British monarch is the head (of the Commonwealth) and no procedure for selecting a new head."