THE vision of the Commonwealth is one of nations cooperating on equal terms in order to help each other.
This idea of togetherness, which is at the heart of an institution that covers 54 countries in six continents and 2.2billion people, is a positive one.
While Harry’s grandmother, the Queen, is the head of the Commonwealth, she does not rule it.
In fact, the Commonwealth’s Secretary-General is a black woman, Patricia Scotland, and unlike the European Union, this is not a trading block where rules are imposed.
Economically it is beneficial, with around 20 per cent of global trade conducted by Commonwealth nations and £500billion of trade between them.
More importantly, any country wishing to join the club has to be free and democratic.
So why is Harry, the President of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, taking aim at it?
He said in a statement this week that: “When you look across the Commonwealth, there is no way we can move forward unless we acknowledge the past.”
His comments are a massive symbol of the flagrant hypocrisy of the woke ideology.
Here you have a member of the Royal Family – who are the most significant beneficiaries of imperialism and colonialism – lecturing ordinary people on what they should do to reflect on the Commonwealth’s roll in the past.
The monarchy as an institution is the symbol of hierarchy, it is based on unearned power, which is in stark contrast to Harry and Meghan’s message that we all need to be equal.
This patronising, virtue-signalling narrative is not a principled position.
If Harry believed in total equality he would be arguing against the Monarchy itself.
I also think he is wrong, because I don’t see any evidence that we have ignored the sins of the British Empire.
We talk about colonialism and its horrors are taught in history lessons in school.
Harry says an acknowledgement of the past is “not going to be comfortable”.
I don’t think it is helpful for him to re-insert past grievances.
What we need is a forward-thinking perspective.
The Commonwealth was a product of imperialism, but now it has become something very different.
I am British born and I have Nigerian heritage. Within the Commonwealth those countries continue to share a bond.
The Commonwealth emerged in the decolonisation process, through nations that were united in being former colonial states still being able to connect with one another, to share information, to share history, in various different ways.
It maintains those connections, but not from a colonial perspective of British rule.
This organisation is a symbol of a fresh start for the relationship between nations that were once part of the British Empire.
That’s an example of how we can move on from the past – we move on through our actions, by transcending history, by being more than that, by looking towards the future.
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