The Queen knows that Prince Harry is a Commonwealth champion and is fully involved in his activities, said Conservative Peer Lord Howell of Guildford. The queen is therefore likely to have perfectly understood the context of the video of Meghan and Harry, in which they called for an analysis of the “uncomfortable” history of the Commonwealth, added the peer.
“He is a true Commonwealth champion and I think he was trying to explain to others outside of government where we are going.
“I would have thought that she understood it perfectly, frankly. “
Prince Harry and Meghan, respectively president and vice-president of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust (QCT), joined a virtual panel last week with a charity administrator and Commonwealth youth leaders focused on equity, justice and equal rights.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex argued that in order to move forward, the Commonwealth must recognize all of its history and redress its wrongs.
Standing in front of his home in Los Angeles, Harry said, “When you look across the Commonwealth, there is no way we can go ahead without acknowledging the past.
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“So many people have done an incredible job of acknowledging the past and trying to correct these wrongs, but I think we all recognize that there is still a lot to be done.
“It won’t be easy and in some cases it won’t be comfortable, but it has to be done, because guess what, everyone benefits. ”
Speaking of the need to “owe” the Commonwealth’s past, Meghan said, “We are going to have to be a little uncomfortable at the moment, because it is only by pushing through this discomfort that we come from the other side of that and let’s find the place where a high tide lifts all the ships.
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“Equality does not put anyone on their back, it puts us all on the same footing – which is a fundamental human right. ”
The QCT is linked to the Queen’s Trust, an organization founded in 1976 to support young people in the Commonwealth.
This organization ceased to exist last year, when the QCT officially launched its projects, focused on the empowerment and support of young leaders in their Commonwealth countries.
The video of Prince Harry and Meghan has met with mixed emotions among historians.
Oxford professor Nigel Biggar told the Daily Telegraph that the Commonwealth is nothing “to be ashamed of,” but it’s okay to start a conversation if its members wish.
He continued: “I find the idea that there is a dirty secret about the extraordinary Commonwealth.
“I’m all for the discussion. If it were true that Commonwealth countries like Barbados or Nigeria were asking for an open discussion so that they could tell us some truths, of course we should have this conversation.
“The question is, who is Harry speaking for?” “
Professor Philip Murphy, Director of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies at the University of London, highlighted the links between the Commonwealth of Nations and the British Empire and argued that a critical discussion of their past could be beneficial to the survival of the association itself.
He said: “The specific debates on the heritage of the British Empire are somehow relevant and very relevant to Commonwealth states.
“One problem in the Commonwealth is that its constituency of active supporters is aging and the discussions have become terribly platitudinal.
“On the other hand, the problems related to repairs, to the race, to the Windrush Saga are things that really capture the imagination of young people.
“While it might be uncomfortable for Britain, it could re-energize the Commonwealth and I think Harry and Meghan are right about it. “