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Sam Bracanov talks to the press after appearing at the Auckland District Court where he entered a not guilty plea for allegedly preparing to commit an assault on Prince Charles and his wife Camila.
WELLINGTON - A New Zealand court ordered an anti-monarchist on Tuesday to stay away from Britain's Prince Charles and his wife Camilla after he was charged with planning to throw horse manure at the visiting royal couple.
Sam Bracanov, a 76-year-old with a history of protest against the British royal family, pleaded not guilty to preparing to commit a crime, a day after he was arrested in Auckland. The royal couple had not yet arrived in New Zealand's largest city.
Bracanov was ordered to stay at least 550 yards away from the royal couple as part of his bail conditions. He was ordered to re-appear at the Auckland District Court later this month.
'I would have done it'
Sitting outside the courthouse, Bracanov said he would have thrown the manure at Charles, the longest serving heir to the British throne, and Camilla had he not been arrested.
Police say they caught an anti-royalist before he had the chance to throw a bucket of horse manure on Prince Charles and his wife Camilla during a royal visit to New Zealand. NBCNews.com's Dara Brown reports.
"I make it liquid - like porridge," he told reporters. "I would have done it."
Bracanov has used sweeter-smelling ways to express his anti-royalist feelings in the past. He was convicted and fined for spraying air fresheners at Prince Charles to "remove the stink of royalty" during a previous visit to Auckland in 1994.
Anti-royalists have heckled the royal couple during their six-day visit to New Zealand.
Others have been miffed by Prime Minister John Key's confirmation that New Zealand, a member of the British Commonwealth, would foot the bill for Camilla's travelling hairdresser.
But New Zealanders are generally staunch supporters of the monarchy.
A poll conducted by Television New Zealand before the royal couple arrived last week showed 70 percent of respondents want to keep Queen Elizabeth as head of state.
Prince Charles and Camilla have been touring Australia and New Zealand as part of the celebrations to mark Queen Elizabeth's 60 years on the throne.
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Britain's Prince Charles (left) speaks with well-wishers during a street walk in Auckland's Queen St, Monday.
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