Meghan & Harry fans say Megxit shows why Barbados leaving Commonwealth in scathing attack
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been living in California after quitting their roles as senior royals back in March. Since then, they have publicly supported race issues such as the Black Lives Matter movement. The couple spoke to young Commonwealth leaders and Harry even raised the colonial background of the Commonwealth.
In a bombshell announcement earlier today, Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley said the Caribbean Island wants “full sovereignty” by the time it celebrates its 55th anniversary of independence from the UK in November 2021.
A fan of Meghan and Harry has now sensationally claimed Barbados would not have decided to become a republic if Meghan has been “accepted”.
They wrote on Twitter: “Yes! Jamaica is next, this again shows if they had accepted Meghan and defended her this would not be happening.
“Barbados saw how Britain treated her at the highest levels and decided that they didn’t want to raise the flags of racism anymore.”
Another replied: “I think the way they treated MM perfectly illustrates the ‘remnants of colonialism’.”
However a third Twitter user pointed out she left for “something more Hollywood”.
They said: “She was defended on many occasions.
“However, she decided to dismiss the Royal PR/Advisors team for something more ‘Hollywood’.”
A fourth shut down the claim tweeting: “Zero to do with Meghan.”
Barbados’ governor-general Dame Sandra Mason warned “the time has come to fully leave our colonial past behind”.
She said: “The time has come to fully leave our colonial past behind. 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.
“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.”
Barbados independence from Britain in 1966, but the Queen remains its constitutional monarch.
In 1998, a Barbados constitutional review commission recommended the country becoming a republic.
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In 2015, Prime Minister Freundel Stuart said “we have to move from a monarchical system to a republican form of government in the very near future”.
Barbados would join Trinidad and Tobago, Dominica and Guyana if it becomes a republic.
Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness has also said it is a priority of his government, but no plans have been made yet.
Meanwhile, Harry and Meghan are settling quickly into their new life in the US.
The couple announced at the start of September they had signed a deal with Netflix to create films and programmes, which was estimated by an industry expert to be worth more than 250 million dollars (£190 million).
A source has said they are no longer receiving financial support from the Prince of Wales and viewed the £2.4 million payment as “another significant step in their new life”.
The couple previously took over funding for their own security when they quit as senior working royals.
Harry and Meghan have spent much of the lockdown supporting local charities in California or championing causes like gender politics and equality.
Speaking about the colonial past of the Commonwealth, Harry said: “When you look across the Commonwealth, there is no way that we can move forward unless we acknowledge the past.
“So many people have done such an incredible job of acknowledging the past and trying to right those wrongs, but I think we all acknowledge there is so much more still to do.”
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