Commonwealth should confront colonial past, says Prince Harry

(London) Prince Harry considered that the Commonwealth, led by his grandmother Queen Elizabeth II, should “recognize” the errors linked to its colonial past, during a meeting whose video extracts were published Monday by the association that organized it, in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement.

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“When we look at the Commonwealth, it is not possible to go forward if we do not recognize the past,” said Prince Harry, about this grouping of 54 country, most of which was part of the British Colonial Empire.

Speaking during a video meeting organized by the Queen's Commonwealth Trust's, an association created to allow young people from the Commonwealth to share their points of view, the prince of 15 ans estimated that “it will not be easy and in some cases it will make us uncomfortable, but it must be done, because everyone will benefit from it”.

“This introspection is to recognize the mistakes that we have all made, isn't it? “Added his wife Meghan Markle, a former M├ętis American actress 38 years old, who had already spoken in early June on racism and police violence in the States -United.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, president and co-president of the association, joined this meeting organized on 1 er by video. July to reflect on the future of the Commonwealth in light of the Black Lives Matter movement, sparked by the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black American asphyxiated by a white police officer in Minneapolis.

From Los Angeles, where the couple have lived since their withdrawal from the British royal family, Harry and Meghan were able to interact with four young black leaders of organizations aiming to combat racism or to promote diversity.

Last week, Harry underlined his personal commitment in the fight against institutional racism, saying that he had “no place” in society but that he was still too widespread. He had also repeatedly denounced the racism he believed the British press had shown towards his wife.

In the United Kingdom, several demonstrations linked to the Black Lives Matter movement have been organized in recent weeks and certain statues symbolizing the colonial past of the country have been targeted, even unbolted.