The Prince of Wales reached out to Commonwelath leaders in Rwanda, telling them the monarchy would not stand in the way of their pursuit of independence but hoped they would keep “friendships”.
Prince Charles has told the former British colonies they are free to secede from the monarchy if they wish.
The Prince of Wales spoke to Commonwealth leaders in Rwanda, with many nations having expressed their preference for a republic.
Of the 32 nations the Queen has ruled over, 17 have renounced monarchy with Barbados, the latest to sever ties last year.
Of the 15 countries where she remains head of state, Jamaica has signaled a desire to follow in the footsteps of its Caribbean neighbor as the republican movement in Australia gathers momentum.
Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Belize, Canada, Grenada, Jamaica, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Saint Lucia, the Solomon Islands, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Tuvalu are the other countries that make up the monarchy to keep.
Prince Charles said in quotes reported by the Daily Mail: “The Commonwealth contains countries that had constitutional relations with my family, some that continue to do so and increasingly those that did not.
“I want to be clear, as I have said before, that the constitutional formation of each member, whether republic or monarchy, is solely a matter for each member country.”
The outlet reports that sources say both Buckingham Palace and Clarence House recognize that many countries will seek independence after the Queen’s death.
Work is underway behind the scenes to ensure that any divisions happen in a spirit of friendship, with countries remaining part of the Commonwealth’s “family of nations”.
The Prince’s announcement comes amid intense debate over the question of the royal family’s role in the Commonwealth of Nations, with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge accused of absorbing “colonial” aspects of a recent trip to the Caribbean.
Prince Charles added: “Throughout her reign, the Queen has placed the utmost importance in mutual friendship, humanity and the values we all share in this space – and continues to do so – not despite, but because of the diversity that this.” Commonwealth represented.
“I treasure the friendships we have formed over the past 70 years and look forward to deepening them in the years to come.
“Our Commonwealth family is – and always will be – a free association of independent, self-governing nations. We meet and speak as equals, sharing our knowledge and experience for the benefit of all citizens of the Commonwealth and around the world.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/prince-charles-tells-commonwealth-you-27325068 Prince Charles tells Commonwealth you can give up the monarchy if you want