Sky News floats the rumour and suggests that the Palace's refusal to deny it lends it credibility.
The fact that Howard won't be in Canberra for the apology is then posited as further proof.
Final, conclusive proof of the rumour: Sir Edmund Hillary died recently, so there's a vacancy.
Look, for all I know it may happen, and if so who really gives a *John Howard*? It would be a nice way to finish off the Monarchy in this country once and for all. But even by Murdoch standards this is pretty shabby "reporting".