London — Wednesday marked exactly a year since Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, made their departure as “working” members of Britain’sofficial. Since the couple’s explosive claims of racism, in some British Commonwealth nations to end their association with the monarchy.
The British Commonwealth of Nations is made up of dozens of countries, mostly former British colonies and many with large or predominantly Black populations. CBS News correspondent Imtiaz Tyab has found a rising chorus of voices in those countries asking whether the institution it still relevant today.
A global monarchy
Queen Elizabeth II was still Princess Elizabeth when, in 1947, she delivered a historic speech in South Africa, declaring before thousands — and to the world via the airwaves — that her “whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service and to the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong.” The princess’s declaration of devotion was, in part, to the Commonwealth, and that commitment has come to define her nearly 70-year reign as queen.
“As we celebrate the friendship, spirit of unity, and achievements of the Commonwealth, we have an opportunity to reflect on a time like no other,” she said earlier this month, in a speech marking Commonwealth Day. For the world’s most easily recognized royal family, it has most certainly been a time like no other.
The queen’s annual Commonwealth Day address…