Commonweath crumbling: Meghan and Harry interview may have doomed Queen’s global family

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex sent shockwaves around the world last year when they announced they were stepping down as senior royals. Their announcement came just a couple of years after their extravagant wedding at Windsor Castle and revamping Frogmore Cottage into their dream home to bring up their baby son Archie. But they recently explained to Oprah that royal life was not the fairytale it seemed on the surface, as they detailed the struggles they faced behind the scenes.

Meghan said she had suicidal thoughts while she was a member of the Firm, while Harry admitted he had felt “trapped”.

Matt Thistlethwaite, an Australian Labor MP and shadow assistant minister for the Republic, called for the Commonwealth nation to be able to choose its own head of state following Meghan and Harry’s decision to quit the Firm.

He told “If Harry and Meghan can quit the Royal Family, I don’t see why the Australian people can’t do the same.

“The Harry and Meghan interview highlighted just how out of touch the British Royal Family has become to the lives of most Australians.

“We need to begin a serious discussion about recognising our independence and maturity, the fact that we govern ourselves make our own decisions, and we should reflect that by having one of our own as a head of state.

“At the end of the day, Australia’s future has very little to do with the British royal family.”

The Queen is head of state for 16 Commonwealth nations around the world, including Australia, but she does not get involved in business of the Australian Government as she is a constitutional monarch.

The Royal Family is also facing an uncertain future with other Commonwealth nations.

Last year, Barbados became the latest country hoping to join Trinidad and Tobago, Dominica and Guyana in becoming a republic.

Barbados’ governor-general Dame Sandra Mason said in September: “The time has come to fully leave our colonial past behind”.

She added: “Barbadians want a Barbadian head of state.

“This is the ultimate statement of confidence in who we are and what we are capable of achieving.

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“Hence, Barbados will take the next logical step toward full sovereignty and become a republic by the time we celebrate our 55th anniversary of independence.”

Meghan spoke about the Commonwealth as she explained why the comment about Archie’s skin tone had been raised by an unnamed royal during the interview.

She said: “The Commonwealth is a huge part of the monarchy, and I lived in Canada, which is a Commonwealth country, for seven years.

“But it wasn’t until Harry and I were together that we started to travel through the Commonwealth, I would say 60 percent, 70 percent of which is people of colour, right?”

Buckingham Palace also issued a rare statement in response to Meghan and Harry’s interview by promising to “address” the “concerning” allegations, particularly the claims another royal had raised “concerns” about Archie’s skin colour before he was born.

The Queen has carried on her duties with the Commonwealth since Meghan and Harry’s interview.

Earlier this week, she paid tribute to the “skill and sacrifice” of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as she marked its centenary during her first public engagement of the year outside Windsor Castle on Wednesday.

It was also the first time the Queen had been seen in public since Harry and Meghan’s controversial interview with Oprah earlier this month, where they made a number of shocking allegations about the Royal Family.

During her engagement on Wednesday, she spoke to one Australian serviceman about his work with Typhoon jets and asked if they were “being sent off to chase the Russians?”

She was then told: “That’s correct, ma’am, it’s a lot of fun for us!”

The Queen also wrote in a foreword to the order of service: “As one of the oldest air forces in the world, it is fitting to pay tribute to the efficiency, skill and sacrifice of the men and women who have served in its ranks, in Australia and overseas, during the past 100 years.

“Throughout my reign, the Royal Australian Air Force has shown immense dedication to duty and has defended our freedom in many conflicts around the world.”

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