The magic of monarchy affects republicans, sometimes even more than it affects some constitutional monarchists who are less given to passionate attachments to passing fads.

The Sydney Morning Herald has agreed that I was inadvertently misquoted on this.

The following letter appeared in the Herald on 3 November:

“I mentioned to David Marr that republicans were as affected by the magic of monarchy as the rest of us (''On her own head'', October 31-November 1). I recalled that I often say to members of Australians for a Constitutional Monarchy, ''Never stand between Australian republicans from Sydney and visiting royalty – even minor members of European royalty – otherwise you will be knocked over in the rush.''

In the published version the word "republicans" was removed, with a significant difference in meaning.”