Alicia Wallace, the director of Equality Bahamas, revealed how she was at first hesitant to join Prince William and the Duchess of Sussex due to the Royal Family’s history of colonisation. The young leader confessed choosing to be part of the talk was “complicated”.
Ms Wallace feared she might be branded hypocritical by “sitting with people whose titles are symbols of a legacy from which we need to be freed”.
But she praised the Duke and Duchess of Sussex for being “calm, relaxed and responding with substance”.
The Sussexes admitted the history of the Commonwealth “must be acknowledged” even if it is “uncomfortable”.
They explained how the Commonwealth needs to follow others who have “acknowledged the past” and are “trying to right their wrongs” in last week’s discussion.
Writing for Zora Medium, Ms Wallace said: “Choosing to be a part of this conversation was complicated.
“I decided to be there, knowing that there would likely be criticism of a pro-Black, anti-capitalism advocate who is calling for wealth distribution to dare sit with people whose titles are symbols of a legacy from which we need to be freed.
“Additionally, the Bahamas, where I live, will soon celebrate its 47th year of independence.
“We are a sovereign and democratic nation, yet the country remains ‘loyal to the Queen’ who is still the head of state.”
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The Duke of Sussex also admitted his own “unconscious bias” while discussing the Commonwealth.
Prince Harry said: “When you look across the Commonwealth, there is no way that we can move forward unless we acknowledge the past.
“So many people have done such an incredible job of acknowledging the past and trying to right those wrongs, but I think we all acknowledge there is so much more still to do.”
The Duchess of Sussex added: “We’re going to have to be a little uncomfortable right now, because it’s only in pushing through that discomfort that we get to the other side of this.”
The Sussexes are president and vice-president of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust.
They spoke to the young leaders from their home in Los Angeles.
Ms Wallace described her experience talking to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
She wrote: “The couple brought calm, relaxed energy to the call, so it didn’t feel formal or high-pressure.
“We weren’t told what to say or what to ask.
“They showed genuine interest and responded to our comments with substance.”