Andrew Little not 'fan-girling' birth of royal baby

The leader of the Labour Party isn't "fan-girling" the birth of the latest addition to the royal family, saying he wants New Zealand to ditch the monarchy and become an independent state.

Speaking to Q+A this morning, Andrew Little says although New Zealanders should respect the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's daughter he believes New Zealand should be a sovereign state.

"Let's enjoy it for what it is, but I think our head of state should be a New Zealander," Mr Little said.

"When it comes to our constitutional arrangements in New Zealand I have a firm view that our head of state should come from New Zealand."

Mr Little, who recently visited the UK to meet with UK Labour leader Ed Miliband and French economist Thomas Piketty, missed the royal birth by a day.

"I had a week in London and the air was thick with anticipation, but I wasn't there to fan girl the royal arrival."

The Duke and Duchess' second child was born in the early hours of Saturday morning (UK time) and weighed 8 pounds 3 ounces (3.7 kilograms).

She is fourth in line to the throne, and the fifth great-grandchild of the Queen.

Prince William arrives at the hospital with Prince George to see the family's new addition. Source: Associated Press


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