Queen Elizabeth II could face a rash of countries removing her as head of state with Barbados causing the “house of cards” to fall, a royal expert has told Newsweek.
The Caribbean island announced plans on Tuesday to remove the queen as its head of state and achieve “full sovereignty” before the 55th anniversary of independence from the U.K. in November 2021.
The move has triggered speculation of a domino effect among pro- and anti-monarchy commentators alike.
Jamaica is widely tipped as the next country to remove the queen, although the opposition People’s National Party lost a general election earlier this month after promising a referendum on becoming a republic.
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Ingrid Seward, author of upcoming biography Prince Philip Revealed, told Newsweek: “I thought that was really sad about Barbados.
“I’d been there a lot because I had friends that lived there and they always seemed to like the queen.
“It seems to me that once one country goes the house of cards falls a little bit.”
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle recently called for the Commonwealth, made up predominantly of countries in the former British Empire, to have a conversation about the past in order to move on from colonialism.
However, Seward said she believed he may also have contributed to the problem with his own past behavior, including an infamous incident in which he wore Nazi