More and more Commonwealth countries are trying to cut ties with the British royal family. Even though Canada is still part of the Commonwealth, there are whispers that it’s only a matter of time before the country denounces its ties to Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles, and The Crown.
In fact, one royal expert is convinced that Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles are already seeing some changes first-hand. The couple is scheduled to travel to Canada for their royal tour on May 17. They will be staying in the country for three days, which is a relatively short period of time compared to their previous royal tours.
Prince Charles’ Canada Tour Used To Last At Least A Week
While speaking with GB News, royal expert Rafe Heydel-Mankoo weighed in on the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall’s upcoming tour. And he also gave his two cents on why he thinks the couple’s tour was cut short from a week to just three days by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
“I think on the back of the visit to the Caribbean of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Earl and Countess of Wessex, and also given what we've seen in Canada over the past year or two in regards to the treatment of the indigenous people, we've seen the toppling of statues of Kings and Queens of Canada, setting alight of churches by indigenous people, I think there's going to be a certain degree of trepidation,” he said (via Express).
The royal expert also said that this would be Prince Charles and Camilla’s shortest trip to Canada and their last one under Trudeau’s government. In 1983, for instance, Prince Charles and Princess Diana stayed in Canada for more than two weeks.
“This is a very limited visit so there won’t be many opportunities for public protests. The short visit is a case of the current liberal government in Canada not being very keen on the monarchy,” he said.
Canada Is Limiting Their Ties To Prince Charles And The Royal Family
Even Canada’s involvement in Queen Elizabeth’s upcoming Platinum Jubilee celebrations has been limited.
“You've seen a very reduced celebration for the Platinum Jubilee compared to the Diamond Jubilee. For example, Canada has always issued Jubilee medals and Coronation medals, and this is the first time in history that Canada isn't issuing a Platinum Jubilee medal, despite protests from the opposition and on the provincial level, they are having their own medals done in protest to what Trudeau has done, which I think it’s a bit of a slap in the face to the monarchy,” he said.
Canada Could Cut Ties With Prince Charles, Queen Elizabeth, And The Royal Family
In a statement released by Clarence House, it was confirmed that Prince Charles and Camilla’s three-day tour would focus on climate change and indigenous reconciliation.
“Charles has long believed that we need to learn from indigenous peoples around the world how better we should live in and care for nature and the planet. This tour will highlight an emphasis on learning from indigenous peoples in Canada and focus on a more sustainable way of living with global warming,” the statement read.
In March, Prince William and Kate Middleton also went on a royal tour of Jamaica and faced backlash while they were there. Back in Toronto, some residents with ties to the Caribbean led protests against the British monarchy.
At the time, Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness told the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge that the country wanted to cut ties with the British monarchy.
Anyika Mark, a spokesperson for Black Urbanism Toronto (BUTO), also said that she supports the protests.
“Of course, slavery was brutal everywhere, but Jamaica, it's known to be historically a very brutal slave colony. I think what we are seeing in Toronto is massive support for leaving these oppressive power structures behind, creating our own way, and starting to be our own people in the ways that we know-how,” she said (via CBC).
As of late, Canada has not yet made an official decision as to whether the country intends to leave the Commonwealth or not.
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