The Duke and Duchess of Sussex hit the headlines earlier this year when they explained their shocking reasons for leaving the Royal Family to seek financial independence in the US. Harry said he felt “trapped” as a royal, while Meghan claimed she did not receive support from the Firm when she felt suicidal. The royals have carried on with their duties despite Harry and Meghan’s claims, with the Queen even meeting Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison during an engagement this week.
But Sandy Biar, national director at Australian Republic Movement, said there it is too late for the Commonwealth nation as Harry and Meghan have shown why the monarchy is “ridiculous”.
He told Express.co.uk: “Harry and Meghan’s interview earlier this year highlighted the ridiculousness of having a foreign monarch as Australia’s head of state.
“Australians need a head of state, chosen by Australians and accountable to them, rather than a family that lurches from crisis to crisis.
“As more Australians come to see how out of touch the British Monarchy is, the more we’ll see the momentum continue to increase.
“The idea of the hereditary rule is as foreign to Australians as the British Monarchy, and Australians overwhelmingly want to know those important decisions affecting our nation’s future are in Australian hands.”
The Royal Family is also facing an uncertain future with other Commonwealth nations.
Barbados is set 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”.
Australia also held a referendum in 1999, which asked whether the Constitution of Australia should be amended.
But almost 55 percent of voters turned down this option and so the Queen remained Head of State.
During his Oprah interview, Harry shared his “compassion” for William and Charles being unable to leave their roles.
He said: “My father and my brother, they are trapped. They don’t get to leave. And I have huge compassion for that.”
He also added his relationship with his brother William was “spaced” but he loved him to bits.
Harry said: “As I’ve said before, I love William to bits. He’s my brother. We’ve been through hell together. I mean, we have a shared experience. But we’re on different paths.”
Meghan also hinted there could have been a missed opportunity for her biracial links to help change the Royal Family’s image in the Commonwealth during the Oprah 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?”
Meghan also talked about her struggles with her son Archie not receiving security after he was not made a prince.
She also suggested Archie was not made a prince because of his race, even though rules set by George V meant he was not entitled to be one.
Oprah asked: “Do you think it’s because of his race?
“I know that’s a loaded question.”
Meghan said: “In those months when I was pregnant, all around this same time, so we (had) the conversation of he won’t be given security, he’s not going to be given a title.
“And also concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he’s born.”
Buckingham Palace said they were “saddened” by Harry and Meghan’s claims.
It added that “some recollections may vary”.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK