Lisa Wilkinson says Prince Charles and Camilla to announce a REPUBLIC

  • Today host Lisa Wilkinson fell victim to a prank on morning television
  • The breakfast presenter read out a script saying that Prince Charles and Camilla will announce that Australia will become a republic on their tour
  • She soon realised what she had said and quickly accused fellow host Karl Stefanonvic of setting her up 
  • Lisa Wilkinson's husband is the head of the Australian Republican Movement

By Cindy Tran for Daily Mail Australia

Published: 16:22 EST, 13 October 2015 | Updated: 17:16 EST, 13 October 2015

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Today host Lisa Wilkinson fell victim to a prank live on air today - with the presenter announcing that Prince Charles and his wife Camilla were travelling to Australia to announce that the country will become a Republic.

Ms Wilkinson was reading from her autocue live on air during a news update on Wednesday morning when the hilarious Anchorman-style gaffe took place. 

'Now Charles and Camilla are coming down under to sign up for the republican movement': the presenter read out to her audience.

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Today host Lisa Wilkinson has fallen victim to Karl Stefanovic's morning prank after her script was changed

Today host Lisa Wilkinson has fallen victim to Karl Stefanovic's morning prank after her script was changed

As soon as Lisa Wilkinson said the words, her co-host Karl Stefanovic and Today newsreader Sylvia Jeffreys started to laugh and it then dawned on Wilkinson that she's been the victim of a practical joke. 

'Karl's been in the script,' she blurted - assuming that her cheeky co-host Karl Stefanovic was behind the slip, laughingly adding:  'You bugger!'

However, the whole breakfast show team looked like it was in on the joke - after the producers ran some old file vision when Lisa Wilkinson was speaking. 

The breakfast show was also in on the joke after several old file vision emerged to make it appear believable

The breakfast show was also in on the joke after several old file vision emerged to make it appear believable

The royal tour prank caused co-host Stefanovic and newsreader Sylvia Jeffreys to fall about in hysterics

The royal tour prank caused co-host Stefanovic and newsreader Sylvia Jeffreys to fall about in hysterics

Wilkinson's script was changed to say Charles and Camilla were coming to Australia to announce a Republic

Wilkinson's script was changed to say Charles and Camilla were coming to Australia to announce a Republic

Prince Charles holding a koala called Kao and Camilla Duchess of Cornwall holding a koala called Matilda at Government House in Adelaide, South Australia, in November 2012

Prince Charles holding a koala called Kao and Camilla Duchess of Cornwall holding a koala called Matilda at Government House in Adelaide, South Australia, in November 2012

The television presenter and respected journalist laughed off the hoax and said she'd had suspicions about the script before she went on air. 

'There was something wrong with that script and Karl said to me "Don't worry, I've fixed it for you",' Wilkinson said.

Acknowledging the background to the prank - that her husband Peter FitzSimons is head of the Australian Republican Movement - she added 'a very good morning to my husband.'

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