By Harriet Johnston For Mailonline
All trace of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle has been removed from the Queen‘s Commonwealth Trust website, after the organisation relaunched the site this week.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who are currently living in their $14 million Californian mansion, were president and vice president of QCT before they stepped down from royal duties two years ago.
The QCT was set up to provide funding, tools and support for young Commonwealth leaders to help them transform their communities across agriculture, education, employability and more.
However the new website makes no mention of the work Harry and Meghan did for the organisation, instead focusing on the Queen’s legacy.
It comes after experts in Harry and Meghan’s bombshell Netflix series branded the Commonwealth as ‘Empire 2.0’.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who are currently living in their $14 million Californian mansion, were president and vice president of QCT before they stepped down from royal duties two years ago
Sharing the news of the updated site on Twitter, the organisation posted: ‘Our newly re-designed website is now live.
‘Thanks to the important work of young leaders across the #Commonwealth, we have amazing stories lined up for you.
‘Please take a moment to check it out and let us know what you think.’
There is no mention of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in the Team QCT section, nor are the couple mentioned in the ‘Organisations we support’ section.
Instead, there is a detailed explanation of what the Commonwealth is, and how the organisation was set up in 2018 in recognition of the ‘Queen’s lifetime of service’.
The website update comes after the Commonwealth was criticised in Harry and Meghan’s Netflix series.
The Commonwealth was founded in December 1931 and currently contains 54 countries. According to the Royal Family’s website, the purpose of the organisation is to ‘foster international co-operation and trade links between people all over the world’.
In the third episode of the series, writer and broadcaster Afua Hirsh – author of the 2018 memoir Brit(ish) – described the Queen’s beloved Commonwealth as being ‘Empire 2.0’ before then going on to describe Prince Harry as ‘anti-racist’.
Discussing institutional racism in the UK, Afua said in the documentary: ‘Britain calculated that it needed to grant these countries independence in a way that protected its commercial and capitalist interest. So it created this privileged club called the Commonwealth.
‘The Commonwealth is still described as a club of friends who share common values. I find that language really problematic.
‘I sometimes call the Commonwealth ‘Empire 2.0′ because that is what it is.’
The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust announced the news of their updated website on Twitter this week
It comes after experts in Harry and Meghan’s bombshell Netflix series branded the Commonwealth as ‘Empire 2.0’
Appearing on an episode of Palace Confidential in December, the Daily Mail’s Diary Editor said the couple were ‘lucky’ that the late monarch wasn’t able to watch their TV special, which landed on the streaming platform yesterday morning.
Discussing the first episodes of the series, Richard said: ‘It’s almost lucky that Queen Elizabeth isn’t alive to see this because the Commonwealth was so central to her and bringing people together.
‘It’s a voluntary organisation whereas [in the documentary], it’s dismissed as this colonial body used for Britain to extract money and resources from the rest of the world. She would have been horrified.’
Meanwhile, the Mail on Sunday’s Editor at Large Charlotte Griffiths pointed out how all the filming for the series finished in August 2022 – just weeks before the Queen passed away at the age of 96.
She said: ‘They were planning to do all of this thinking that The Queen would be alive to see it […] Thank God she didn’t.’
The website appears to focus on the legacy of the late Queen, with explanations about the organisation and how it was founded
What’s more, Charlotte said Meghan’s ‘stance on the Commonwealth seems to have changed dramatically’ since her May 2018 wedding, where she wore a veil boasting different symbols to represent each nation.
In response to host Jo Elvin recalling how Meghan said she was ‘excited’ to visit the Commonwealth countries in her engagement interview, Charlotte said: ‘So she hadn’t done any research before getting married?
‘Is that what’s she saying? And now she’s done her research? That’s inconsistent with who Meghan is as a person, she’s obviously a very well-researched person.
‘I just think her whole stance on the Commonwealth has changed dramatically, maybe she fully believes what Afua is saying. I don’t know but it’s a pretty hard line [to take].’
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