Harry needs to deal with his own past mistakes before trying to lecture the Queen


SHE’S far too measured and calm to do this, but the Queen should now strip Harry and Meghan of their royal titles.

Their brazen and outrageous attack on the Commonwealth in their role as president and vice president of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust is a step too far.

Harry is making a direct public challenge to his 94-year-old grandmother at a time of great stress and I think he should feel ashamed.

“When you look across the Commonwealth, there is no way that we can move forward unless we acknowledge the past,” he said in the hostage-like video, with an American actress by his side staring threateningly into his eyes.

The bloke really doesn’t know what he’s talking about, given it was the Queen herself in 1953 who pledged the Commonwealth was an “entirely new conception” that would be “built on the highest qualities of the spirit of man: friendship, loyalty, and the desire for freedom and peace”.

Her entire reign has been focussed on achieving those goals.

Besides, what the hell do these two know about the sensitive and largely positive race relations of the Commonwealth, an organisation set up to try and right some of the wrongs caused by the British Empire? I’d wager a guess: Close to nothing.

As a dual citizen of New Zealand, where I grew up, and the UK, where my parents were born, I can teach them a thing or two.

New Zealand, whose Maori people were treated appallingly following the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi with the British Crown in 1840, has spent decades talking about and dealing with its complicated past.

There have been apologies, land settlements and a great national discussion to ensure the country puts its Maori culture and heritage at the heart of everything it does.

Nobody believes the way the Maori people were treated in the ensuing New Zealand Wars was right, but from the 1950s onwards, the nation has wrestled with its colonial past and put right so many wrongs.

According to their latest embarrassing video, for political expediency, Harry and Meghan want to go back to square one, and start that whole sensitive conversation again.

Why? What will that achieve for a proud Commonwealth nation like New Zealand, apart from sowing new seeds of division?

And how on earth do they believe that they are the best people to lead this discussion?

A privileged member of Britain’s Royal Family with his own racist past and a privileged Hollywood actress who couldn’t bear to spend more than two years living in the Commonwealth she claims to care about before rushing back to Hollywood.

Given Harry is so determined for the British Empire to justify mistakes from hundreds of years ago, isn’t it about time he did so himself.

In 2005 he was forced to apologise after The Sun pictured him dressed in a Nazi uniform at a fancy dress party.

One year later he called a fellow Sandhurst cadet “our little P*** friend”.

Of course, it is possible to be able to move on from such racism.

But it’s hard to stomach Harry trying to lecture his grandmother, his family and the institution he is part of before dealing with his own past.


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