Canada could follow Barbados in ditching Queen as head of state amid Megxit row

Barbados’ governor-general Dame Sandra Mason announced their decision today, saying that “the time has come to fully leave our colonial past behind”. The Caribbean island said it wants “full sovereignty” by the time it celebrates its 55th anniversary of independence from the UK in November 2021. A speech written by Prime Minister Mia Mottley quoted its first premier Errol Barrow, who warned against “loitering on colonial premises”.

With this historic decision, there are now rumblings that more countries could follow suit.

Earlier this year, republicans in Canada were calling for their country to leave the list of 16 Commonwealth realms ‒ countries who have the Queen as their head of state.

This was triggered by Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s decision to step down as senior royals, and their move to Vancouver in the initial aftermath.

Anti-monarchy activists claimed the couple’s presence in the nation could “distance” Canada from the British throne.

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Canada might follow Barbados in ditching the Queen as their head of state (Image: GETTY)

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The Queen in Barbados in 1977 (Image: GETTY)

Republic Now, a non-profit organisation which advocates for a democratically-elected Canadian as head of state, said in a statement that as “more royals quit the monarchy” it’s “time Canada did too”.

They claimed the couple represent “disenchantment from the institution” of the Royal Family.

They added: “While Harry and Meghan can never completely remove themselves from the Royal Family, Canada can.”

Simultaneously, the row over the Sussexes’ security costs raised eyebrows and pushed others towards supporting a republic.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle initially went to Canada after announcing their decision to leave (Image: GETTY)

The Duke and Duchess had asserted that they wanted to work towards being financially independent, but were still being bankrolled by Prince Charles.

There was a tough debate over whether security for the family should be paid for by British taxpayers, Canadian taxpayers or the couple themselves.

Toronto-based journalist Janet Davison, writing for CBC News, was on the case, asking how financial independence and security for the couple will work when they live “between the UK and North America”.

Another journalist, Renee Sylvestre-Williams said: “If this Meghan/Harry moving to Canada thing is true, do we have to pay for their security?

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The Queen is the monarch of 16 Commonwealth Realms including Canada (Image: GETTY)

“I don’t want to pay for their security. Unless I can claim it on my taxes.”

Other natives shared similar concerns, with one Twitter user adding: “As long as we Canadians do not have to pay for Meghan and Harry’s security costs, I don’t really care about the rest.”

Of course, in the end, Meghan and Harry were only in Canada for a short length of time before moving to California, USA.

Nevertheless, their initial move sparked a conversation that engaged more people than usual on the subject of the monarchy and its place in Canadian society.

For this reason, Canada may well be the next country to leave the Queen and the Royal Family in its past.

Canada has been independent since 1867, nearly 100 years longer than Barbados, which gained its independence in 1966, although the Queen remained a constitutional monarchy for both.

In 1998, a Barbados constitutional review commission recommended republican status, and in 2015 Prime Minister Freundel Stuart said “we have to move from a monarchical system to a republican form of government in the very-near future”.

Barbados’ governor-general said today: “Barbadians want a Barbadian head of state.

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The Queen with Barbados’ Governor-General Dame Sandra Mason (Image: GETTY)

“This is the ultimate statement of confidence in who we are and what we are capable of achieving.

“Hence, Barbados will take the next logical step toward full sovereignty and become a republic by the time we celebrate our 55th anniversary of independence.”

Currently there are 16 Commonwealth realms including Canada, Australia, New Zealand, as well as several countries in the Carribean and Oceania.

Meghan Markle accused of ‘orchestrating’ Megxit and ‘commercial deals’ in explosive claims

Earlier this year, the Duke and the Duchess of Sussex quit the royal life to become “financially independent”. The couple moved to the United States following discussions with the Queen to decide which terms the couple would leave the Firm in.

However, Lady Colin Campbell, author of Meghan and Harry: The Real Story, has asserted the Duke and the Duchess were already trying to strike “commercial deals” ahead of their departure.

Speaking to the Daily Star, Ms Campbell said: “Some of the commercial deals I heard of were laughable.

“I thought there is no way the royal family can agree to this.”

The author claimed Meghan was leading the couple’s plans to leave the Royal Family and work independently.

Ms Campbell said: “Meghan was cutting a swathe through Harry’s social life, she didn’t approve of this, she didn’t approve of that, she is an operator.”

She added that tensions between Meghan and other royals began about four days into the couple’s marriage.

According to the author, the Royal Family – and especially the Queen – would not allow the couple to profit of the fact they were royalty.

Ms Campbell said Her Majesty would never have let them “have their cake and eat it too”, which is why the couple could only agree on the deals if they stepped down.

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Meghan and Harry later released a statement to confirm the news.

The statement read: “Our lives, both independent of each other, and as a couple have allowed us to understand the power of the human spirit: of courage, resilience, and the need for connection.

“Through our work with diverse communities and their environments, to shining a light on people and causes around the world, our focus will be on creating content that informs but also gives hope.

“As new parents, making inspirational family programming is also important to us, as is powerful storytelling through a truthful and relatable lens.”

Prince Harry making bid for UK return in time for royal event just six months after Megxit

Prince Harry could be gunning for a return home as soon as next year, a royal commentator has said. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex had originally planned to split their time equally between the UK and Canada. However, as ITV Royal Rota podcast host Lizzie Robinson discussed, the choice was quickly taken out of their hands.

Ms Robinson told listeners: “While Frogmore is laying empty at the moment, Harry said himself that they would have come over had it not been for COVID, and they would have been using it.

“Presumably he is coming over to Europe for next year’s Invictus Games.

“They’re still going ahead in the Hague in the Netherlands.

“You would expect to see him there, but I guess everything is still up in the air.”

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The Duke of Sussex had planned on returning home in time for the Rugby League World Cup.

Harry, who is the patron of the Rugby Football League, made the comments on a video call with players, coaches, and volunteers as the organisation celebrated its 125th anniversary.

At the end of August, he said to them: “We’ve got a whole Rugby League World Cup coming next year, so I definitely plan on coming back.

“I would have been back already had it not been for COVID.”

They had been staying in a Beverly Hills mansion loaned to them by celebrity Tyler Perry.

However, they have now bought a $14.65 million estate in the heart of Montecito, the seaside Santa Barbara County enclave that is famously home to a slew of Hollywood stars.

As agreed in their exit deal, Frogmore Cottage will continue to be the couple’s UK residence.

They recently paid back the £2.4 million renovation cost of the property.

This had been promised in the Sandringham Agreement.

Meghan Markle shares striking similarities with Swedish royal who is a HUGE Megxit critic

The Duchess of Sussex has had a similar lifestyle to Princess Sofia of Sweden, who married into the Swedish royal family in 2015. Both royals have in common that they left a life in the limelight as celebrities behind once they met their now-husbands.

While Meghan was already known at the time she met Prince Harry for her role in TV drama Suits, she spent time in her earlier acting career as a “suitcase girl” for the US version of game show Deal Or No Deal.

Sofia also enjoyed a certain degree of fame before marrying Prince Carl Philip of Sweden.

She was a model and participated in the Swedish reality show Paradise Hotel.

The Swedish princess made it through to the final of the show, which featured a group of singles living at a luxury hotel.

One of her most controversial moments on the screen showed her kissing 41-year-old American porn star Jenna Jameson.

Meghan and Sofia also have in common that both had no royal links before meeting Harry and Carl Philip.

Despite their success on-screen, both royals were commoners before marrying royalty.

Recently, Princess Sofia admitted she would never want a version of “Megxit” to happen within Sweden’s royal family.

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She said: “Since I became a princess, I have been through many identity crises.

“Here in South Africa I have a type of identity and when I come home I have something else.

“Here I am allowed to be who I want to be.”

Following their decision to step back as senior members of the Royal Family, Meghan and Prince Harry moved to California in the United States.

The couple recently purchased a £11.2m property the boasts nine bedrooms and 16 bathrooms in the quiet area of Montecito.

Speaking to PEOPLE a source close to the couple explained why the Sussexes chose the location.

The source said: “They were craving a smaller community and a slower pace — Montecito is very mellow, a charming little town and the Santa Barbara area offers an ideal lifestyle that they’re looking forward to.

“They feel like the future holds endless possibility.

“They can hope to give Archie as normal a life as possible there.

“They feel the new house is a place of peace — and it offers inspiration to build Archwell, which they’re focused on.”

Royal heartbreak: Meghan and Harry's 'startling lack of self-awareness' sparked Megxit row

Relations between the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the Royal Family have become increasingly strained in recent months after the couple announced they were standing down from senior duties. Their wish was to live a “financially independent life” away from the Royal Family, in order to try and raise their young son Archie in a more normal manner. Claims of rifts between the Sussexes and Prince William and Kate Middleton have continually plagued the once heralded foursome, who at one stage appeared to be driving the Royal Family into the 21st century.

But the fallout of Harry and Meghan was highlighted extensively as the couple toured South Africa last year with Archie, months before they made their bombshell announcement.

Their trip was documented in the ITV programme ‘Harry and Meghan: An African Journey’, and saw the couple give extensive interviews to the show’s host Tom Bradby.

In it, they divulged the strains their position in the Royal Family had given them, with Harry admitting he had “good days and bad days” and that he and his once close brother were “on different paths”.

The piece saw an outpouring of support for the couple, and also sparked a fierce debate about what their role within the Royal Family should be.

According to MailOnline at the time, a royal insider said of the couple’s decision to discuss their issues: “It’s very much a mentality of ‘us against the world’, which is a real shame.

“The Duke and Duchess have much to offer and could be a formidable asset for the Royal Family. But they need to work as a team with the rest of the royal household and, rightly or wrongly, there is a lot of distrust right now.

“There’s also a startling lack of self-awareness about some of the problems they have experienced that have been of their own making, such as the row over their use of private jets. None of this is healthy – for anyone.”

Penny Junor, a royal commentator, also waded into the debate by claiming the Windsors were a “strangle family and not one that has supported one another very well”.

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Yet, in a move away from the rift claims, both Harry and William issued a joint statement surrounding plans to immortalise their mother with a new statue inside Kensington Palace.

The statement, which comes ahead of Monday – the 23rd anniversary of Diana’s death – said: “The Princes hope that the statue will help all those who visit Kensington Palace to reflect on their mother’s life and her legacy.”

Normally, the brothers would spend the day together, but for the first time, the brothers are set to spend the occasion on different sides of the world.

Princess Diana's secret ‘plan to leave UK’ before death echoes eerie similarity to Megxit

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced they planned to step down as senior royals back in January. Instead the couple vowed to become “financially independent” and split their time between Britain and North America.

Recently Meghan and Harry moved into a new £11.2m home in California.

In ‘Charles – The man who will be King’ royal expert Howard Hodgson notes Diana had her own plans to move out of the country.

In particular he drew attention to comments the Princess made in a 1997 holiday to St Tropez with her sons.

Mr Hodgson wrote: “She jumped into a small motorboat and made for the media boats stationed some way away.

“She proceeded to give an impromptu press conference at sea where she said, ‘My sons are always urging me to live abroad and be less in the public eye.

“Maybe that is what I should do.

“I understand I have a role to play but I have to be protective of my boys.”

In August 1997, shortly after her St Tropez trip, Diana was tragically killed in a Paris car crash.

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He said: “The decision that I have made for my wife and I to step back is not one I made lightly…there really was no other option.

“I have accepted this, knowing that it doesn’t change who I am or how committed I am.

“But I hope that helps you understand what it had to come to, that I would step my family back from all I have ever known, to take a step forward into what I hope can be a more peaceful life.

“I will continue to be the same man who holds his country dear and dedicates his life to supporting the causes, charities and military communities that are so important to me.”

Princess Diana married Prince Charles in 1981 in front of a TV audience of hundreds of millions.

Their two sons, William and Harry, were born in 1982 and 1984 respectively.

However the relationship between the couple swiftly soured, with accusations of infidelity, and in 1996 the couple divorced.

Meghan and Harry’s new home is situated in Barbara County, California, up the coast from Los Angeles.

The luxurious property has nine bedrooms and a total of 18 bathrooms.

It also comes with a children’s cottage, tennis court and swimming pool.

Prince Harry's devastating confession about Prince William unmasks heartbreak of Megxit

Harry and William have endured a difficult relationship recently, culminating in the Duke of Sussex – alongside his wife Meghan Markle – taking a step back from senior Royal Family duties. On Monday, August 31, the pair would normally join together to mark the tragic passing of Princess Diana, who raised their sons with ex-husband Prince Charles until her death in 1997. This year will see the two princes, both unified in the tragedy and grief the loss of a parent brings, take time to remember Diana, whose death sparked an international outpouring of emotion, separately.

However, there was a time when Harry and William were anchors of support for each other, particularly the Duke of Sussex who struggled following the announcement he had moved away from his career in the British Army.

His struggles coping with his new life away from the Army and back within the Royal Family have been revealed in the new biography ‘Finding Freedom’, by journalists Carolyn Durrand and Omid Scobie.

The difficulties Harry endured, the authors claim, could potentially be seen during his time in the Army, including one devastating moment where he was left “broken” after being forced away from his comrades and out of the Middle Eastern war-zone of Afghanistan, when his position was compromised following a leak from the Australian press.

Amid his time spent with the Army, the torture Harry felt was similar to that of other servicemen and servicewomen, including one operation during his first tour of Afghanistan.

Prince Harry's devastating confession about Prince William unmasks heartbreak of Megxit

Prince Harry’s devastating confession about Prince William unmasks heartbreak of Megxit (Image: GETTY)

Prince Harry's devastating confession about Prince William unmasks heartbreak of Megxit

Prince Harry’s devastating confession about Prince William unmasks heartbreak of Megxit (Image: GETTY)

While he was serving as a joint terminal attack controller on the ground and was responsible for directing support planes amid the need to evacuate the Afghanistan National Army (ANA).

The ANA had come under attack by Taliban forces, and as a result of the incident “heavy casualties” were suffered.

Following his “tough decision” to end ten years of service within the British Army, the strains of civilian life ultimately began to take its toll on Harry, who saw “anger and anxiety start to bubble to the surface” of his character.

Harry reportedly began suffering panic attacks while at royal engagements, as the “people, cameras, attention, got to him…he was on edge”.

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Prince Harry's devastating confession about Prince William unmasks heartbreak of Megxit

Prince Harry’s devastating confession about Prince William unmasks heartbreak of Megxit (Image: GETTY)

To combat these feelings, Harry began boxing, yet this “wasn’t a sufficient bandage for the internal conflict raging inside him”.

The book added: “Harry was, as he put it, ‘very close to total breakdown on numerous occasions when all sorts of grief and lies and misconceptions are coming to you from every angle’.

“While his experiences on the front lines contributed to his emotional state, it wasn’t the complete answer to his issues.

“And the worst part was he didn’t know what exactly was happening.

“‘I just couldn’t put my finger on it,’ Harry said. ‘I just didn’t know what was wrong for me.'”

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Prince Harry's devastating confession about Prince William unmasks heartbreak of Megxit

Prince Harry’s devastating confession about Prince William unmasks heartbreak of Megxit (Image: GETTY)

But in those most testing of moments, Prince William remained Harry’s rock, “bound not only by blood but also by the unique tragedy of losing their mother”.

Harry explained in 2005, that “every year we get closer” when reflecting on his then-growing relationship with William, describing him as “the one person on this earth who I can actually really…we can talk about anything”.

He added: “We understand each other and give each other support.”

This developing bond was demonstrated in numerous forms, such as when the princes rented a cottage together in 2009 while both training at a Shropshire flight school, and while setting up their former charitable endeavour the Royal Foundation.

Another occasion saw both princes get “totally drunk” on a night out before Harry experienced his own issues with the public who spotted him.

The Duke of Sussex reportedly “fell into a bush” before his protection officer “jumped to block” an onlooker from taking a photograph of the intoxicated prince.

Unaware, Harry simply returned to “carry on drinking with William”.

Prince Harry's devastating confession about Prince William unmasks heartbreak of Megxit

Prince Harry’s devastating confession about Prince William unmasks heartbreak of Megxit (Image: GETTY)

The book explained: “Each brother wanted real happiness for the other.

“It was precisely because of this that William confronted his brother about his mental health.

“As Harry later recounted in a podcast interview with the columnist and friend Bryony Gordon, who herself has obsessive-compulsive disorder, he said, ‘You really need to deal with this. It is not normal to think that nothing has affected you.'”

Ever since Diana passed, the two siblings would meet to discuss her memory and how best to preserve the legacy of the woman dubbed the “People’s Princess”.

Angela Levin, author of ‘Harry: Conversations with the Prince’, explained in her 2018 book how it was the desire to remember their mother that saw the brothers grow closer.

She said: “The physical warmth they originally learnt from their mother had not only become part of their brotherly relationship but was also steering them to a much more emotionally led approach to life.”

Yet still claims appear to dissect the Dukes’ relationship, with Ms Durrand and Mr Scobie alleging the falling out came after William referred to Meghan as “this girl”.

Harry was unhappy at the “tone of snobbishness” that was “anathema to his approach to the world”, and royal insiders say this sparked the downfall of the two brothers’ burgeoning connection.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding DJ reveals REAL reason for Megxit

DJ Fat Tony performed at the Duke and the Duchess of Sussex’s 2018 wedding reception at Frogmore House. He claimed it was “jealousy” that led the royal couple to take the drastic decision to quit their royal roles and move to the US.

The DJ, who’s real name is Tony Marnach, said: “It’s typical of the way we are in this country – we build people up and then try to destroy them.

“God forbid, they wanted to live their own life.

“I think it’s human nature to be jealous.

“We shoot things down that we don’t understand.

“And with Harry and Meghan, nobody understands what went on – it’s all speculation and they’ve never discussed it. So it’s, ‘let’s hate them’.”

Mr Marnach, who has DJ’d for events for the likes of the Beckham family, said he is relieved to see the couple happier.

He said: “If you’re doing something you don’t love and you’re not happy doing it, don’t do it. There’s always another option.”

But before they decided to step back as senior royals, Meghan reportedly ignored advice from the Duchess of Cornwall on how to deal with attention from the media.

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But Meghan was still unhappy with the scrutiny and in an ITV documentary famously said: “Not many people have asked if I’m OK.”

A friend of Meghan’s said: “Meg was really grateful to Camilla who was very supportive and invited her out for private lunches, particularly around the time of her marriage.

“She listened to her and understood that it’s really difficult joining the Royal Family from an otherwise ‘normal’ life

“Much like Meghan, Camilla had experienced a lot of negative press and hostility from courtiers due to her relationship with Charles when he was still married to Diana.

“She was very sensitive to Meghan and provided her with support, advising her to ride out the storm and that it would all pass – but ultimately Meghan didn’t listen.”

Prince Charles 'jealousy' at heart of Megxit row exposed after future King's 'dreadful' PR

Prince Charles has been steadily building up his image as the future King after suffering years of backlash following his divorce from Princess Diana and her subsequent death. As the future King, the Prince of Wales is suggested to have felt some “jealousy” towards the good PR his youngest son Prince Harry and Meghan Markle had been receiving since their marriage in May 2018. Speaking to Channel 5 documentary ‘Meghan & Harry: The New Revelations”, royal commentator Emily Andrews said: “I think there’s definitely some truth that Charles, at times, has felt a bit jealous of his sons’ public profiles.

“Because for a time, William and Harry were getting really, really positive publicity and Charles had dreadful publicity.”

The assessment was echoed by fellow royal commentator Katie Nicholl, who suggested the alleged jealousy had extended to other royal households trying to bring attention to their own engagements.

Referring to an unauthorised biography on the Sussexes, Ms Nicholl said: “I think one of the themes that’s explored in Finding Freedom is the jealousies of some members of the royal household and some courtiers of the level of attention that the Sussexes were getting.

“There was a point where Charles and Camilla weren’t even getting a look in.

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“All the tabloids wanted to run was stories about Meghan and Harry and that became a problem.”

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex had been warned they would need to ensure they maintained a secondary role to allow Prince Charles and Prince William to be the focus of the attention by virtue of their future royal roles.

Before Meghan’s departure from active royal duties, author Anna Pasternak suggested the Duchess of Sussex could steal away the spotlight from Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge as she builds up her position as future Queen Consort.

Ms Pasternak said: “I’d say to her recognise that you cannot behave like a Hollywood celebrity as a member of the Royal Family.

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex offered to continue representing the Queen whenever called upon to do so but ultimately agreed with Her Majesty they would step down completely.

Meghan and Harry have seven months to decide whether they want to resume their roles as working royals or continue on the path of independence after the monarch offered them a one-year trial period. 

The royal couple relocated to Los Angeles with their son Archie Harrison shortly after the trial period kicked in in March, and they offered their services to the community by delivering food parcels to shielding locals.

In August, it was reported the Duke and Duchess had finalised the sale of a multi-million-pound villa in Santa Barbara. 

Royal fury: Meghan and Harry accused of 'putting a gun to the Queen's head' in Megxit row

During Channel 5’s documentary ‘Meghan and Harry: The New Revelations’ royal expert Emily Andrews stated that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s decision to announce publicly that they were stepping down from their royal roles went against the expectations of senior members in the Royal Family. The Royal Editor of the Mail on Sunday added that negotiations regarding the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s exit should have taken place behind closed doors so the Royal Family could present a united front. 

Ms Andrews said: “At the time in January there was a lot of anger.

“As one very senior member of the house said to me don’t put a gun to the Queen’s head.

“You do not go public and say what you want, we sort it out behind closed doors.

“We all try and negotiate and then we present a united front.”

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During the same documentary Russell Myers and Afua Adom discussed the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s departure from the Royal Family. 

Ms Adom stated Queen Elizabeth II could not stand the idea of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry becoming more popular than the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

The documentary also analyses an extract from the book Finding Freedom – which the Duke and Duchess deny any involvement in – that states the Royal Family feared being eclipsed by Meghan Markle and Prince Harry.     

Mr Myers said: “When they were told that they had to be brought into the confines of the Buckingham Palace machine I think that is when they realised their wings were being clipped and they weren’t going to realise the stardom that they had set themselves up to be.”

“Otherwise the establishment feared their popularity might eclipse that of the Royal Family.”

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex got married in May 2018.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry stepped down as senior members of the Royal Family at the end of March 2020.

Following their departure from the Royal Family the couple spent time in Canada before moving to California.